This weekend you shall see two Mclaren MCL35M Formula One cars, on the grid, painted in the most iconic livery – racing blue colourway alongside an orange stripe – based closely on Gulf’s classic design.
McLaren’s F1 car, the MCL35M, will sport the one-off Gulf livery for Monaco GP on May 21-23. Mclaren and Gulf have a history of successful racing partnership, which was revived in July 2020. In addition to the most iconic and recognisable livery on the F1 grid, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo’s racing suits will feature the same scheme along with bespoke retro-styled helmets – raffled for the team’s mental health charity partner, Mind.
The last time motorsport witnessed this livery was at the 1997 24 hours of Le Mans, where the car number 41 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail finished second sporting the Gulf’s racing blue and fluro orange colour scheme. One key feature of the campaign is to make fans aware that Mclaren-Gulf merchandise and lifestyle wear, inspired by the bespoke livery, will be available on Mclaren’s online store for purchase.
McLaren F1 GTR Longtail from 1997 24 hours of Le Mans in the background, and Mclaren MCL35M F1 car in the foreground
'This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated racecar design. 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,' said Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing.
'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 further added.