Well, they promised us a change. They teased. And teased. And teased some more. And carried on teasing to the extent that it became kind of annoying, to be honest. And now the day has finally come. The new McLaren is orange.
Okay, so it’s not the all-over job of the classic ’60s or testing liveries, instead mixing it with black and white swooping lines and sections. Okay, it looks a little bit like a Spyker or (in certain light) a Manor. Okay, it still doesn’t have a title sponsor. But come on, let’s put all of that aside – the new McLaren is orange.
(Also, the new uniforms look pretty great)
Does it make up for the disappointment of 2015? Almost. Not quite, but almost. At the very least, it shows a team willing to recognise the importance and significance of their livery, and how F1 fans engage with it. It’s what many of us have been clamouring for them to do for years, and you can’t accuse them of ignoring us (nor of passing up the opportunity to milk it as a publicity stunt for all it’s worth).
(But we won’t, because we’ve still got the Merc and Ferrari to round up – not to mention a surfeit of launches this Sunday… cor, it’s been some week, hasn’t it?)