F1 » McLaren rubbishes livery switch speculation

McLaren-Mercedes has been quick to dismiss all notions of a change in livery in F1 2011

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January 07, 2011 11:09 AM

Someone posted a pic of a black McLaren race car with the Vodafone logo on the team's Facebook page. It was just too generic! Needless too say some people voiced their opinion about it.

James Montgomery

January 07, 2011 11:16 AM
Last Edited 1943 days ago

You say in 2006 it was Rocket red... it says 2007 it was rocket red,

The car was the same colour scheme more or less, just with a bit more black to show off the Johnnie Walker brand and their title sponsor being Emerates.

It is still Chrome and Rocket red though, so my first post still stands.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 2:14 PM

Frank, I agree that I'll always think of orange as the Mclaren colour, but they did have quite a few colour schemes back in Bruce's day.

The first car they raced was called the Jolly Green Giant and they painted it on a Sunday and the only paint they could find came from a gardening store which sold green paint for fences. I think he raced once race in an all black car, but the other competitors complained on safety grounds that it was difficult to see. He drove a black and silver Ford GT to victory at Le Mans.

He was going to drive green and silver in F1, but the people making the film Grand Prix paid him to have his car painted white so they could use footage of it in the film as if it was a Japanese car.

Actually the original Mclaren orange was quite dull. I think they mixed pigments in with the fibre glass in those days. Colour photography and printing wasn't great either so it seemed to be a different shade of orange in every picture, but the dull orange worked better on early

Alan D - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 2:45 PM

Great minds think alike Andrew! Actually, I just noticed my comment was clipped. I was going to say the dull orange worked better on early colour TVs. In those days the bright colours were just a blur on the colour TV sets but you didn't get much TV coverage anyway. For the photos printed in magazines like Autosport, I'm sure they used to brighten the colours up to make the cars look better than real life.

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