McLaren reveal special ‘Future Mode’ livery for Singapore and Japan

Jon Wilde
McLaren special livery for Singapore and Japan Grands Prix

McLaren have unveiled a special livery to commemorate the return of the Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix for the first time in three years.

The papaya MCL36 driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will carry neon pink embellishments and what the team describe as “dynamic, cyberpunk-inspired engine illustrations”.

The bespoke livery has been created in conjunction with McLaren partner OKX, the second largest crypto exchange by trading volume.

Described as the Future Mode livery, the team say the “effervescent design represents the emergence of new technologies from the region, with a look to the future inspired by the cityscapes of Singapore and Japan, where Formula 1 returns for the first time since 2019”.

The livery will be carried by both McLaren cars, and also be reflected on the drivers’ race suits, for every track session of the back-to-back weekends at Marina Bay and Suzuka.

Zak Brown, the McLaren CEO, said: “We are excited to celebrate our partnership with OKX through this bold and vibrant livery for the upcoming races in Asia.

“McLaren and OKX are united in driving ahead and constantly striving to break boundaries, and the Future Mode campaign is an opportunity to champion these values together on our global stage.

“It’s fantastic to be returning to race in Singapore and Japan and these incredible circuits provide a fitting backdrop for us to celebrate our partnership vision together.”

McLaren special Singapore and Japan livery front view

At the season’s Asian swing, McLaren will be trying to eat into their 18-point deficit to Alpine as they do battle for fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship.

Norris, of course, will be racing for only the second time in F1 in both Singapore and Japan, those grands prix having been cancelled for the past two years due to the pandemic.

In 2019, the British driver finished seventh in Singapore and 11th in Japan.

Ricciardo, meanwhile, has contested both grands prix in nine different seasons since he made his debut with HRT in 2011.

The Australian achieved four consecutive podium finishes in Singapore for Red Bull between 2014 and 2017 without ending up on the top step.

In contrast, Ricciardo has stepped onto the podium only once in Japan, finishing third in 2017, while he was disqualified on his last Suzuka appearance in 2019 for Renault as he and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg were found to have used an illegal automated brake-bias system, following a protest by Racing Point.

Read more: How Formula 1 has changed since its last visit to Singapore in 2019