NEW LIVERY FOR SPAIN: McLaren-Honda tweeted images of its new livery for the 2015 Spanish GP on May 10. Image: McLaren / Twitter
LONDON, England - McLaren has revealed a striking new 'graphite' livery ahead of the 2015 Spanish GP.
The team confirmed on Tuesday (May 6 2015) that it is launching a new look for Barcelona and beyond.
Some believe the move was to distance McLaren from its chrome-themed, Mercedes-powered past, especially in light of the new works partnership with Honda.
'GRAPHIC, PREDATORY' LIVERY
A McLaren spokesperson said it is actually to adapt the car for day races as well as "the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races".
The spokesperson said: "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."
On Wednesday (May 7), the team released the first images of the revised, dark grey - almost black - car with florescent orange flashes and white sponsor logos.
'WELL DONE, McLAREN'
It is only the third basic McLaren livery change since 1975, when the first red and white Marlboro cars emerged. In 1997, McLaren moved to the familiar black and silver in deference to Mercedes and the tobacco backer West.
Some, like Auto Motor and Sport's Michael Schmidt, were immediately comparing McLaren's new dark look to back-marker HRT's in 2010, while others were more complimentary.
Valtteri Bottas' manager Didier Coton on Twitter said: "Very dynamic and aggressive. Well done McLaren!"
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