This morning, the McLaren-Honda F1 Team has unveiled the new livery that its Formula 1 cars will run in from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Honda-powered team announced on Tuesday that it was dropping the chrome elements of its 2015 colour scheme in favour of a “dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration” that it hoped would work better in both bright sunshine and floodlit night race conditions such as Singapore GP later on in the 2015 season.
The expected livery and also its changes for McLaren’s first season with Honda power since 1992 was the subject of much speculation over the winter and there was widespread disappointment among fans on social media such as Twitter today; when the team revealed colours relatively similar to its previous look.
During pre-season testing in an interview with the media, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said at the time that a change of livery will come later on tis year; but he suggested it would be for commercial rather than aesthetic reasons.
“Yes we could change colour,” he said during pre-season testing. “Yes we could do something more daring.
“Yes we could do all these things. But give me a reason why? If it is just to make something more aesthetically pleasing, that is not enough reason for me. Don’t worry – it will change. But I will not say when.”
Prior to this weekend’s change, McLaren had run silver-based liveries with his association with their former engine supplier Mercedes-Benz since 1997, when it swapped from the red-and-white colours it had used during its two-decade association with Marlboro.
All photos credit to McLaren Media Centre.