McLaren have come up with a very interesting decision ahead of the next two races that will take place in Monaco and Spain. For these two F1 rounds, the MCL60 cars driven by Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri will feature a colour scheme that harks back to its successes at the Indianapolis 500, Monaco GP and Le Mans 24 Hours.
The combination of winning these races, where the Monaco victory was considered the F1 world title, is described as motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ achievement. It is one of the most fantastic moments in the history of McLaren and ahead of yet another crucial trip to France, the automobile giants have announced this latest change. Follow your favourite F1 team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
Although this is more widely recognised as a driver’s achievement , McLaren’s success with Johnny Rutherford at the 1974 Indy 500 and Alain Prost at Monaco in 1984 combine with the F1 GTR McLaren that won Le Mans in 1995. That car was not the best but was run by a team that included McLaren staff and its black livery features in the first third of the special livery now adorned on the MCL60s, over their noses and front wings.
The central section of the cars is partly white in recognition of Prost’s success, although this can also be spotted in the rear styling of the special livery, where this area resembles the ‘Marlboro’ colour scheme the team ran between 1974 and 1996.
As well as avoiding any association with its former sponsor – and because tobacco sponsorship is banned in modern F1 – the MCL60 rear wings are instead painted in the same papaya orange as was used all over Rutherford’s Indycar and also comprises the base for McLaren’s typical modern livery.
“Having achieved the greatest accomplishment in motorsport by completing the Triple Crown, we are proud to celebrate the rich history of McLaren Racing with a special livery at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. “In line with our 60th-anniversary celebrations and honouring the legacy of [team founder] Bruce McLaren, the unique livery pays homage to the three victories which form the Triple Crown accolade.”
As well as running the special F1 livery, McLaren has promised to make five films to tell the stories of its ‘Triple Crown’ victories, as well as the rise of the organization since its founding in 1963. Get all the latest updates from F1 only on Nextbet Sports.