As we are posting this news, the race weekend at the Spain has already started. The Spanish GP marks the entry of Formula 1 to the Europe and to make the occasion special, the British F1 tie McLaren has revealed an all-new livery. The new McLaren will carry a striking Graphite dark grey color theme for the rest of the 2015 F1 season.
While the rumors are that McLaren made the change to distant themselves from the season leader - team Mercedes, McLaren said the changes are technical. As a refresher, we must tell you that McLaren was powered by engine provided by Mercedes. But for the 2015 season, team McLaren entered into partnership with Honda for engine supply.
According to a McLaren spokesman, the chrome themed colors were shed due to "the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races". He further added, "The result is a dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration, complemented by McLaren-dayglo 'Speedmarks' and keylines, reducing the reflection issues caused by our latest chrome-silver treatment."
The Woking based team revealed the new dark theme a couple of days back ahead of the race in Barcelona, Spain. The new color looks black, but on a closer look one can notice that it's actually dark grey. The revised car also gets florescent orange flashes and white sponsor logos. This is only the third time McLaren has changed its basic livery since 1975.
McLaren started racing career with the famous red and white Marlboro car theme. McLaren then changed to the familiar black and silver livery in 1997 to give regard to Mercedes and sponsor - tobacco backer West. But with the end of the partnership with Mercedes and increasing attention to Mercedes cars due to all the wins in a couple of seasons, it was in the interest of McLaren to find a new image.
But the image change has drawn a lot of comparisons from the critics. Auto Motor und Sport's Michael Schmidt compared the new livery with that of the HRT's F1 car back in 2010. While some of them had been generous like Valtteri Bottas' manager Didier Coton who tweeted about the new look of the car - "Very dynamic and aggressive. Well done McLaren!"
On the other news, Nico Rosberg has taken the pole position in the qualifying session for the Spanish GP. Nico surpassed his teammate at the team Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton - to win the maiden pole position of the 2015 season. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished third to start the race on Sunday from the second line.
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