One of the classic liveries of racing will soon be combined with one of the most famous event locations. The McLaren Formula 1 team will do a one-off golf paint job for the Monaco Grand Prix in 2021 on May 23, the team said in a press release on Sunday.
Both McLaren MCL35M racing cars will be painted in the iconic Gulf Oil colors of blue and orange, while drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Land Norris will wear matching racing suits and helmets with “bespoke retro designs,” the team said.
Gulf Oil is already a McLaren sponsor and has a long history with the company. It first became a McLaren sponsor in 1968 and continued in both F1 and Can-Am series through 1973. The partnership was renewed in the 1990s, with the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail No. 41, which finished second in the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, sporting a version of the Golf livery.
McLaren MCL35M Formula 1 car in golf livery
The paintwork is rarely seen in F1, but has graced numerous racing cars in other series, including the Porsche 917K and Ford GT40, making it one of the most famous in motorsport.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix is scheduled for March 23rd. F1 skipped Monaco in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. McLaren took third place in the constructors’ championship in Monaco, behind Mercedes and Red Bull and just ahead of Ferrari. Norris and Ricciardo currently occupy fourth and seventh place in the drivers’ standings. It’s a big improvement on just a few years ago when McLaren became a Backmarker team.
The Gulf Oil sponsorship also enables McLaren supercar customers to request the blue and orange paint job through the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) personalization program. The company showed off a golf-painted Elva runabout late last year to entice customers to open their wallets to a likely costly option.