Updated: FEB 14th 2023

Simon Ostler

The 9 best McLaren F1 liveries ever

As McLaren launches its 2023 F1 car, the MCL60, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the team since its foundation by Bruce McLaren in 1963, I can't help but wish there was a little more paint on it. There's the start of a good livery there, but it's 90 per cent carbon-fibre.

McLaren has enjoyed a new influx of creative freedom when it comes to liveries since the new regime took over in 2017. The original papaya colour of the ‘60s returned, and since then the McLaren car has been one of the more varied on the grid.

It's been good fun watching McLaren transform itself into a modern and exciting new entity with young drivers and an enthusiastic fanbase. But in the past 60 years, the team and its cars have undergone several transformations, including perhaps the most iconic racing livery of all time. The team has been around for a long time, so there are plenty to choose from, but these are the best McLaren F1 liveries of all time.


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