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McLaren could switch back to famous orange livery

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McLaren could be set to change back to their famous old orange livery as current sponsorship deals and a possible return to Honda power make the idea feasible.

The Woking based team has been using silver liveries ever since teaming up with Mercedes in 1997; however McLaren’s traditional racing colour has been orange.

As McLaren’s deal with Mercedes ends this year, with the team remaining a customer of the German manufacturer next year, and the team’s sponsorship deal with Vodafone also set to end, when asked if a return to the old orange colour was possible team boss Martin Whitmarsh said it was a possibility.

"I really like the idea, orange is a great colour, especially for McLaren," he told the Russian website f1news.ru.

"We use it for our racing GT and it looks great, and we'll continue to move in this direction.

"F1 is a bit different: the modern business model is one of the main tasks of the team -- to promote the brands of our partners.

"But if we're lucky enough to find a sponsor who likes orange, you could see that colour again in F1.”

The Briton was then asked about the speculation McLaren has signed with old engine partners Honda from 2015, however, Whitmarsh responded saying on-going talks were “confidential” between themselves and current partner Mercedes.

If a return was to be made it would mark the return of the famous partnership from the late 1980’s early 1990’s when McLaren and Honda dominated the sport together with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.


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