GALLERY l McLaren to race with special retro livery in Monaco

The design is a homage to the team’s long-time partnership with Gulf Oil International

By staff

The design will be used solely in the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix on the May 20-23 weekend (Photo: McLaren)

McLaren has unveiled a special one-off retro livery for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.

The design celebrates the team’s long-time partnership with Gulf Oil International, revived in July 2020. The colours will carry on to McLaren’s social media platforms and Daniel Ricciardo’s and Lando Norris’s racing suits during the Monaco race weekend on May 20-23.

Both drivers will also wear race helmets with bespoke retro designs, which will later be raffled for the team’s mental health charity partner, Mind. A merchandise line has also been launched.

The livery reflects “a racing connection that began in the days of team founder Bruce McLaren,” reads the announcement. The British team raced with the colour scheme on its #41 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail car at the 1997 24 Hours of Le Man.

“This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated race car design,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown in a statement. “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.”

McLaren is third in the constructors’ championship with 65 points after four races. Monaco is back to the F1 calendar after being absent for the first time since the series started in 1950 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See images of the new design below

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