F1 Fansite

F1 News

No orange McLaren livery after Ron Dennis return

Posted on by with 0 Comments
Orange McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 livery
Orange McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 livery
No orange McLaren livery after Ron Dennis return

Orange McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 livery

McLaren‘s 2014 car will not be orange, Italy’s Omnicorse reports.

With Honda arriving in 2015, the long Mercedes partnership entering the final straight and title sponsor Vodafone now departed, it had been rumoured the Woking based team could revert to its traditional colours.

“I really like the idea (of an orange livery),” Martin Whitmarsh, whose position as team boss is in serious doubt following Ron Dennis’ return, said last year.

“If we’re lucky enough to find a sponsor who likes orange, you could see that colour again in formula one,” Whitmarsh had said in 2013.

But Omnicorse claims the MP4-29 will in fact retain the chrome finish of past seasons, given that it is not clear a new title sponsor has been signed.

That would leave the door open for a full change of identity for the new Honda era in 2015.

Whitmarsh’s proposal for orange, therefore, might have been dismissed by the newly all-powerful and famously meticulous Dennis.

Reports say his 20-minute speech to McLaren staff last week, just before it was announced publicly that he is replacing Whitmarsh as chief executive, was followed by a standing ovation.

Dennis, 66, had promised “changes”, and after the disastrous 2013 season, that was welcomed by team staff.

“It’s safe to say today’s news was received well!” race and test coordinator Clare Martin said on Twitter.

McLaren design engineer Giovanni Banzola added: “So inspired by Ron’s speech yesterday!”

Former team driver and long-time F1 pundit John Watson, however, warned that it should not be expected that Dennis’ return will lead to immediate success.

“They were subjugated by Ferrari at the turn of the century, then for two years by Renault, four seasons by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull and Mercedes are now looking very strong for 2014,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.

“It is a difficult route to get back to the top, and it won’t be a walk in the park just because Ron is coming back.

“It will be a building process, and that process in part is going to start with this new engine formula and working towards 2015 with Honda and then beyond,” he added.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Free F1 Newsletter

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com '14 & '15 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets USA F1 GP USA Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Singapore F1 GP Singapore Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Spanish F1 GP Spain 2015 -20%
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '15 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Canadian F1 GP Canada '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Austria F1 GP Austria '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Austria F1 GP Hungary '15 -25% Book Now
Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.
Online Broker Compare