FEBRUARY 2, 2015
McLaren not ruling out livery change
McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is not ruling out a change of livery for the newly-launched MP4-30.
We reported last week that, amid raised expectations of an orange or iconic red and white livery to herald the new works Honda partnership, some fans were disappointed when the familiar silver and black car was launched for 2015.
Dennis responded to the criticism on Sunday, where the MP4-30 managed just 6 sluggish laps as the uniquely-growling Honda V6 continued to struggle in Fernando Alonso's hands.
"This is the livery of McLaren," he insisted. "It has always been a combination of these colours and it will only change for commercial reasons."
Indeed, McLaren is entering a second consecutive season without a title sponsor, but there are hints of perhaps advanced negotiations.
For instance, the team trucks and garage at Jerez is notably devoid of a corporate theme, indicating McLaren could be shaping up for a change some time soon.
"It (the livery) will change," Dennis confirmed. "But I'm not going to say when."
He acknowledged that some fans were disappointed with the MP4-30's current colours, but insisted: "You can't just go with Twitter."
Confusingly, however, McLaren promptly took to Twitter to consult with the fans over their preference for the new livery.
"RT (re-tweet) for orange, FT (favourite) for red and white," the British team declared.