LONDON, England - At least two top teams will enter the 2015 season with fundamentally different colour schemes, it has emerged.
SILVER ARROW: Mercedes will reveal its new colours for the 2015 Formula 1 season at the northern winter testing. Image: AP / Luca Bruno
Spain's El Mundo Deportivo reports that 2014 champion team Mercedes intends to switch from silver to a striking mirror-chrome paint-job.
The report said the paint for the 2015 livery is called Kromo and will also be supplied to wheel supplier OZ for the title-defending W06 to be raced by 2014 Drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg.
The same Spanish sports newspaper reports that with Mercedes stepping up its iconic silver look UK-based McLaren is tipped for a complete livery change. McLaren turned silver in 1997 at the height of its works collaboration with Mercedes but now the famous British team is kicking off a new era with Honda.
El Mundo Deportivo reported: "Honda does not want (McLaren) to continue with silver because it is a colour immediately associated with Mercedes and the 'Silver Arrows'. There are rumours the (2015) car could be orange, McLaren's traditional colour, for testing, but it could also be white in a double-tribute: to Honda and because McLaren's first F1 car was that colour in 1966.
"The final choice could depend largely on whether McLaren has a major sponsor for 2015."