2018 F1

McLaren F1 team plans ‘Papaya Orange’ livery for 2018

McLaren Formula One team could paint its Renault powered car in its historical ‘Papaya Orange’ colors for 2018, as it closes in on making a conclusion about its 2018 F1 livery.

Its depending on the result of current talks with McLaren’s 2018 F1 sponsors, the historical papaya orange livery very like to the one Fernando Alonso ran at the Indy 500 this year could be chosen.

“We are starting to look at car designs now,” McLaren executive director Zak Brown said.

“I think the fans want us to go to Papaya Orange for sure. When we did the IndyCar we had an overwhelming amount of ‘Please make your F1 car like that’.

“We are waiting on a few sponsor decisions which also can dictate what a car looks like. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Brown says McLaren won’t completely change its livery to suit a single commercial partner, as Force India did this season with main sponsor BWT.

“We have all sorts of designs going on, but we need to see where we land on some of the sponsor activity and that will dictate a bit of that,” added Brown.

“We would like to keep some orange. We think it is part of our identity, especially moving forward. But we are a commercial entity. Pink might be a bit extreme though.”

“We’ve got a lot of room on our car for partners,” he said.

“I am very encouraged with the activity that we have and I would definitely anticipate some new partners coming on board next year. I don’t think we will have a title sponsor per se.

“I think the title of the team is McLaren. Unlike NASCAR where the team gets referenced by the title partner, that doesn’t really happen in F1.

“So I think to be a title partner doesn’t give you the benefit that it does in other series. I think we are more along the lines of having a couple of major partners and I think we should have that for next year.” Brown added.

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