McLaren set to debut new look car at the Spanish Grand Prix... first time the team has changed its colour scheme since 1997

  • F1 team McLaren has revealed a new colour design for the MP4-30 
  • It is the first time the team has changed its colour scheme since 1997
  • Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are yet to earn a point this season 

McLaren have revealed a change to the colour scheme of their cars ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

The Woking-based team have endured a torrid start to the 2015 and remain without a Formula One World Championship point as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso struggle to make the most of a car down on power compared to the rest of the field.

But the team are hopeful of making a step forward in Barcelona with improvements coming from both chassis and the Honda power unit.

The revised McLaren-Honda MP4-30 will make its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend

The revised McLaren-Honda MP4-30 will make its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend

The Formula One team has changed its traditional silver colour for the first time since 1997

The Formula One team has changed its traditional silver colour for the first time since 1997

And now the team have unveiled a new look, with a graphite grey and orange livery replacing the silver which has been a mark of McLaren since 1997.

The predominantly silver design replaced the famous red and white livery of McLaren's glory years when the likes of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost raced for the team.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis had said before the start of the season that the silver look could be replaced at some point during the year - suggesting a new sponsor could see an alteration.

An announcement on the team's website said: 'The new livery improves the MP4-30's visual impact, optimising it for not only bright sunshine but also for the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso will be hoping the new look will help him earn his first point at the Spanish Grand Prix

The new design replaces McLaren's traditional silver colour scheme

The new design replaces McLaren's traditional silver colour scheme

DRIVER'S STANDINGS 

1. Lewis Hamilton              93

2. Nico Rosberg                 66

3. Sebastian Vettel            65

4. Kimi Raikkonen             42

5. Felipe Massa                 31

'The result is a dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration, complemented by McLaren-dayglo 'Speedmarks' and keylines, reducing the reflection issues caused by our latest chrome-silver treatment.'

Alonso and Button will both run in the new-look cars for the first time in Friday's first practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya - the scene of a pre-season testing crash for Spaniard Alonso which ruled him out of the season-opening race in Australia.

Since then the team have failed to score a point but Alonso's performance three weeks ago in Bahrain, finishing a competitive 11th place as Button failed to start the race, will give McLaren confidence heading into the European rounds.

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