McLaren unveils stunning Triple Crown livery for Monaco and Spanish Grand Prix

Sam Cooper

McLaren have unveiled a special livery for both the Monaco and Spanish Grand Prix, celebrating their Triple Crown achievement.

The livery is a mix of three cars with which McLaren won each historic race: the 1974 Indy 500 with Johnny Rutherford, the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix with Alain Prost, and the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya.

The front end takes the black colour of the F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on McLaren’s first attempt while the middle section is a white in honour of Alain Prost’s 1984 Monaco Grand Prix winning MP4/2. The rear is the distinct McLaren papaya which harks back to the team’s first Indy 500 victory car, the M16C/D.

Debuting this weekend in Monte Carlo, the livery will also be used in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix the following weekend.

Of their new livery, McLaren’s Zak Brown said: ““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.

“In line with our 60th anniversary celebrations and honouring the legacy of Bruce McLaren, the unique livery pays homage to the three victories which form the Triple Crown accolade.”

Lando Norris said: “It’s a privilege to be involved in McLaren Racing’s 60th anniversary celebrations and to combine three iconic race winning McLaren liveries into one for the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix is going to be a special moment for the whole team.

“McLaren have an impressive record in Monte Carlo and on a personal level to have experienced a podium at the 2021 race was a huge honour. We’ll be racing hard in a great looking car to celebrate Bruce McLaren and the team’s amazing legacy.”

Meanwhile new driver Oscar Piastri said: “The Triple Crown livery looks incredible, and I can’t imagine a better way to experience my first Monaco Grand Prix as a Formula 1 Driver with McLaren Racing.

“Bruce McLaren was a winner in Monte Carlo in 1962 and the McLaren team have such rich history at the Monaco Grand Prix. I will feel incredibly proud lining up on the grid in the MCL60, carrying the same colours as the three Triple Crown winning race cars.”

 

With both the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500 this weekend, McLaren are celebrating their racing heritage with each of their three Indy entries designed in the style of one of the achievements of McLaren’s Triple Crown. Felix Rosenqvist will drive the MP4/2-inspired livery.

A special livery for Monaco is not unusual for the team with the previous two years’ edition featuring the familiar light blue and orange of sponsor Gulf Oil. Gulf have since moved on to Williams and teased a suspected livery announcement of their own for Friday.

2023 has been something of a look back for McLaren with the team celebrating their 60th anniversary by naming the season’s F1 car the MCL60 to commemorate 60 years since Bruce McLaren founded the team.

But their performances on track have not matched the levels of years gone by with McLaren currently fifth in the standings, on 14 points and having secured a season-best finish of sixth.

McLaren are aiming to bring upgrades incrementally and Lando Norris revealed upgrades that improved the floor in Baku were a sign of things to come.

“I’m always the guy that’s a little bit more reserved with these things, but they’ve definitely helped, they’ve moved the car in the right direction,” Norris said on Channel 4.

“I think if we came here without them, we still wouldn’t look too bad, it would still be looking at one of our better weekends, but they definitely helped us move in the right direction.”