Well, they teased us. They must have known what they were doing leaving those sidepods outside their garage – they knew we’d all think they were bringing back a version of the classic 1997-2005 West “Silver Arrows” livery. We were all set to declare them late victors over Williams in the “best livery of 2014” stakes.
And then no, it turns out that it’s a “special” one-off livery for Melbourne to commemorate twenty years of their partnership with Mobil 1. Well, booooo. I do find something quite amusing, mind, about the fact that they’re commemorating the Mobil 1 partnership and not the Mercedes-Benz one, which started at the same time.
Still, it’s a better livery than the all-over silver – primarily because it doesn’t look quite so similar to the Mercedes – and if they keep the basic design while replacing Mobil 1 with a proper title sponsor in future races, we’ll be reasonably happy. But just like they disappointed us by hinting that they might run an orange car and then not doing so, once again they’ve threatened to be far more exciting before reminding us that no, they’re still McLaren.