After three extremely difficult seasons, McLaren and Honda have finally parted ways, with the former signing a partnership with Renault, which will come into effect next season.
According to reports, Renault will supply McLaren with the same engines it provides for its own factory team, as well as currently, Red Bull Racing, while Toro Rosso will make the switch to Honda.
But what does this mean for McLaren in terms of branding and liveries? Are they going to stick with their new orange theme? Revert to black? Mix Renault colors with their own? One designer might have a solution.
These renders were drawn up by Sean Bull Design, and represent a McLaren-Alpine race car, where on one hand you’ve got McLaren colors in the orange and black, but also a lot of blue, which is associated with Renault.
Naming the team McLaren-Alpine instead of McLaren-Renault is pretty interesting, although whether the British outfit will agree to make Renault such a huge part of their brand identity (like they did with Mercedes), remains to be seen.
Whichever way they decide to go, we can at least hope that their struggles in keeping up with the rest of the field might come to an end, since an all-round decent power unit should turn the focus back on aerodynamics – which is something McLaren has excelled at.