Dennis: McLaren set for livery change during 2015

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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did allude in the same media session that due to F1’s spiralling costs, having a big name brand as a lead sponsor is an outdated concept, suggesting that this will not be the motivation for any change.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.