Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has hit out at McLaren’s return to an orange livery, claiming that it was the only odd looking livery on the F1 grid.
McLaren experienced a change in management late last year after Ron Dennis was shown the exit, which brought about various changes in approach for their 2017 campaign. Zak Brown was appointed as Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group, and was quick to change the McLaren silver livery to orange, as well as a change in name of the F1 car.
Christian Horner believes all liveries look “great” apart from McLaren’s orange livery, which was launched last Friday in Woking.
Following the launch, McLaren’s Zak Brown defended the decision for a livery change after the new change had mixed opinions, with the former race-car driver claiming it will better suit “diehard” McLaren fans.
“It was ultimately a dozen people involved in the whole process,” Brown said.
“We went through tonnes and tonnes of liveries and you get lots of different opinion.
“For the diehard McLaren fans, they will notice the arc at the back is the McLaren speedmark.
“Picking up on that, we think the orange stands out and is quite a bright orange.
“And then of course when you walk up on the car, you see the black is a different type of finish.
“We wanted something that was elegant, impactful – and there was a lot of TV work done.
“So when you see it from the front, it will look like an orange car and it is not until you turn to the side that you pick up that it is not fully orange.
“I think it is one of those that is pretty subjective as to what is a great paint scheme and what is not a great paint scheme.
“Personally we love it, but I am sure that if you ask 100 people, hopefully the majority will love it, but you will get some different views.”