At the launch of the McLaren 2015 car, there was disappointment amongst fans at the relatively mundane livery.
Speaking at the Jerez test, Ron Dennis stated, “Our 2015 livery will change, but I’m not going to say when. This is the livery of McLaren. It has always been a combination of these colours – and it will only change for commercial reasons.
It won’t change just to make a few people in the company happier because they want it orange or they want it yellow.”
Dennis explained that McLaren would move away from its traditional colours were a commercial partner make it worth their while.
“It will be far more recognised if we suddenly come out with a lime green car – for the following reason- you will all know that we have a great deal of money coming in”.
Under the lights in Bahrain, the McLaren and Force India cars looked remarkably similar and their liveries relatively uninspiring. The colour scheme retains a lot of dark around the bottom of the car – a colour traditionally used to disguise details.
However, McLaren are set for a livery change this weekend coming in Barcelona. Adam Cooper reports Ron Dennis stating today, “We have revised our car’s livery, improving its visual impact, optimising it for not only bright sunshine but also for the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races.
The result is a dynamic, predatory, graphite grey colouration, complemented by McLaren-dayglo ‘speedmarks’ and keylines, reducing the reflection issues caused by our latest chrome-silver treatment.”
This is all well and good – but for fans of the Woking team are hoping for more in terms of performance and points on track.
Honda is bringing performance upgrades to Barcelona, though whether these are from the deployment of new ‘development tokens’ – or improvements to existing components is not yet clear.
McLaren have yet to score a point, though Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have been close with P11 finishes at the chequered flag.