McLaren is set to race in the retro blue and orange colours at the showpiece Monaco Grand Prix. After a years absence, the Monaco Grand Prix is back on the F1 calendar. The McLaren will race in the colours as a one-off from their papaya orange at the Monaco Grand Prix. One of the most iconic liveries in the sport will be seen on the MCL35M this weekend at Principality. The Gulf Oil company sponsored the team in 2020 after it was last associated with them in the 1960s.
Ford and Porsche have raced with the Gulf livery. Steve McQueen raced in the legendary livery in the 1971 film Le Mans. McLaren had previously sported the livery in 1997 when they finished second at Le Mans. This will be the first time it will be used in F1. Both McLaren drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris will wear similar coloured race suits. They will also wear crash helmets with retro designs. These helmets will then be auctioned with the proceeds donated to their charity partner, Mind.
“This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated race car design,” said McLaren chief executive Zak Brown. “We’re enormous fans of brave and bold design, and the striking Gulf blue is among the most loved liveries in racing, a celebrated piece of culture which transcends the world of motorsport.”
“Design has always been important to McLaren – you see this in everything we do from our return to papaya to our stunning headquarters, the McLaren Technology Centre. We’re excited to exhibit this as a team and celebrate our proud association with Gulf in Monaco,” he added.