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Positive fan reaction to Monaco livery inspired McLaren’s new F1 and IndyCar look · RaceCrunch

McLaren’s new look for its 2022 Formula 1 and IndyCar liveries came about due to the positive reaction to the special colour scheme it ran at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The team ran a one-off Gulf livery in Monaco last year. It has adopted some of the colours from that car on its new contender for the 2022 F1 season

“We’ve been evolving our livery since we’ve gone back to papaya,” explained McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “We wanted something that was very vibrant, changed the shade of our papaya, and it’s a darker blue.”

Gulf recently became the official ‘first-fill’ supplier of lubricants for McLaren’s road car division. But although the new F1 car makes greater use of their heritage colours, Brown confirmed the lubricants producer has “not increased their commitment to us”.

“The livery changes that we did last year, both in Monaco and Abu Dhabi, we got a lot of great fan reaction,” said Brown. “They like to see a lot of energy.

“I think it’s got some speed and elegance to it that we thought would go on top of the fast race car that hopefully we’ve designed this year. It’s just a natural evolution and then trying to make sure we give all of our partners good stand-out on the car. So I think it achieved all of the above.”

A similar look is applied across the rest of McLaren’s IndyCar, Extreme E and Esports competition cars. In IndyCar, Felix Rosenqvist’s machine will resemble the F1 design more closely than that of team mate Pato O’Ward.

“We’re McLaren Racing, Formula 1 is clearly our centre of gravity, if you like, but I think as a single rights entity if we can tie our racing programmes together in IndyCar,” Brown explained. “The reason Pato’s car looks different is you’re not allowed to have identical cars like you do in Formula 1.

“I think they both look fantastic along with the Extreme E car and Esports, to be able to look at them and you know that’s a McLaren regardless of what racing series you’re looking at.”

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