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McLaren MP4-30 livery

Dennis says ugly McLaren livery will remain for now

McLaren MP4-30 livery

McLaren will change the livery of their new Formula 1 car when there are commercial reasons for doing so, group chief executive Ron Dennis said after the MP4-30 made its track debut in southern Spain.

The former champions have lacked a title sponsor since telecoms giant Vodafone withdrew at the end of 2013 and they turned up for the first pre-season test at Jerez with unbranded trucks and a car painted silver, black and red.

The livery seen so far has not impressed many fans, who had hoped for something bolder at the start of a new partnership with Honda, on social media.

Dennis told reporters in Jerez that there had been discussions within the team, who have not won a race since 2012, but they would not change without reason.

“This is the livery of McLaren,” he said. “It has always been a combination of these colours and it will only change for commercial reasons. It will change. But I’m not going to say when.”