McLaren-Honda go Stealth for Spanish Grand Prix
The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 has lost its trademark chrome look and will be racing in stealth mode at this weekend’s Spanish GP.
McLaren-Honda’s MP4-30 will compete at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix sporting a new look, which steers it away from the previous chrome livery towards a more “dynamic, predatory” look. Whether the new stealth look will translate into better performance remains to be seen, but it’s occurred as a result of reflection problems with the old livery, which manifested themselves at the recent Bahrain GP.
A McLaren-Honda spokesman said: “We have revised our car’s livery, improving its visual impact, optimising it for not only bright sunshine but also for the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races.”
“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 McLaren-Honda partnership has yet to achieve a points finish so far this season, but the team will be hoping that that’s about to change following chassis and power unit changes this weekend.
Fernando Alonso, ahead of his home race, said: “We are seeing improvements race-by-race, and I want to ensure that we maintain this consistency throughout this weekend.”
However, following the electrical problems which plagued him at Sakhir, Jenson Button is calling for more reliability. “We’ve made good strides over the past few races, and that effort has continued right through the break between Bahrain and Spain, so I’m excited to see where we are and work with my engineers to keep pushing the boundaries of our previous performances at every opportunity,” he said.
McLaren’s well-recognised silver and black livery was first seen back in 1997 when they parted ways with Marlboro and partnered with the West tobacco brand instead. This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will be the first time in 10 years that McLaren will be racing without their usual chrome look.