McLaren CEO Ron Dennis has confirmed that the team will be making a change to its livery at some point across the course of the 2015 F1 season, but he refused to confirm whether it would be before the first race of the year in Australia.
Earlier this week, the British team unveiled its new-look car for 2015, the MP4-30, featuring a chrome, black and red livery. It is the first McLaren to be powered by Honda since 1992.
However, it was noticeably bare of sponsors once again, with the team not signing a new title sponsorship deal since the end of its deal with Vodafone in December 2013.
Speaking to the media in Jerez on the first day of pre-season testing, Dennis confirmed that there would be a change in the car’s livery at some point in 2015.
“Our 2015 livery will change, but I’m not going to say when,” he said.
McLaren famously ran in red and white colors when it last teamed up with Honda in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but this was due to sponsorship from tobacco brand Marlboro. Nevertheless, a possible throwback to such a livery could be possible if the same colors are used in a different design.
Whether the change in color will be made due to the signing of a new title sponsor or simply out of choice remains to be seen. However, Dennis did allude in the same media session that due to F1’s spiralling costs, having a big name brand as a lead sponsor is an outdated concept, suggesting that this will not be the motivation for any change.
McLaren’s first day of testing was a quiet one, with Fernando Alonso completing just six laps for the team in the new MP4-30.
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.