May 17, 2021 By Paolo de Borja Photo by McLaren

McLaren to run historic Gulf Oil livery at Monaco

McLaren Racing has announced the return of the historic blue and orange Gulf Oil livery for next weekend’s 2021 Monaco Grand Prix.

The return of the renowned color scheme comes after the British team renewed their relationship with Gulf Oil last July 2020. Gulf has a deep-rooted relationship with McLaren, dating back to when the team beginnings under the guidance of founder Bruce McLaren.

The retro livery will don both MCL35M race cars driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo during the entirety of the race weekend. It will carry Gulf’s racing blue colorway, matched with orange stripes. Additionally, the theme will carried over to the racing suits and bespoke retro helmets of both drivers. The latter will raffled at a special event for the team’s mental health charity, Mind.

The livery has become one of the most important scheme in the history of racing. Gulf Oil also sponsored a Ford GT that won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. The company has also been present in a number of Porsche 917k race cars. Its last partnership with McLaren was in 1997 when it sponsored the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown said: “This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated race car design. We’re enormous fans of brave and bold design, and the striking Gulf blue is among the most loved liveries in racing, a celebrated piece of culture which transcends the world of motorsport.

“Design has always been important to McLaren – you see this in everything we do from our return to papaya to our stunning headquarters, the McLaren Technology Centre. We’re excited to exhibit this as a team and celebrate our proud association with Gulf in Monaco.”

McLaren has slowly but surely climbed back up the stage in Formula 1 in recent years. As one of the more promising mid field teams, they have also have two capable drivers in Norris and Riccardo.

Catch McLaren flaunt the legendary Gulf Oil livery at the historic Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

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