McLaren Formula 1 team unveil 2023 car livery

13 Feb 2023

The 2023 McLaren Formula 1 Car Livery
The 2023 McLaren Formula 1 Car Livery

The McLaren Formula 1 Team today unveiled the team’s new driver line-up in front of fans and the world’s media at the OKX Thought Leadership Centre at McLaren’s HQ in Woking, ahead of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

With a new chapter firmly underway following Andrea Stella’s move from Executive Director to F1 Team Principal, the team will start their 60th Anniversary celebrations by welcoming rookie driver and 2021 FIA Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri to pilot the MCL60 alongside talented Brit Lando Norris.

Lando, 23 years old from Somerset, England, enters his fifth season in Formula 1 with McLaren after collecting a sixth career F1 podium at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Oscar, 21 years old from Melbourne, Australia, joins the team having won consecutive FIA Formula 3 and FIA Formula 2 championships in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

To mark McLaren’s milestone year, the team’s 2023 competitor will be named the MCL60, in a break from previous naming convention. New Zealand-born racing driver Bruce McLaren founded McLaren Racing in 1963 and since then the team have won 20 Formula 1 World Championships, 183 Formula 1 grands prix, the Indianapolis 500 three times, and the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt.

The MCL60 features a striking papaya orange and blue livery, the colours first carried by the team in the 1960s, which have since become a team favourite since their reintroduction in 2018.

Designed under the leadership of Technical Director James Key and produced by the team in Woking, led by Operations Director Piers Thynne, the MCL60 will be powered by the Mercedes-AMG F1 M14 E Performance that is integrated into the McLaren chassis and gearbox with support from Mercedes HPP in Brixworth, UK.

Lando and Oscar will give the MCL60 it’s official on-track debut in the pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit on 23 February ahead of the opening race of the season at the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix on 5 March.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:

“We are delighted to launch our 2023 Formula 1 team with Lando and Oscar at the wheel as we celebrate 60 years of McLaren Racing. This year’s driver line-up is extremely exciting as Lando, an intelligent and confident driver with excellent pace, is joined by one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in motorsport with Oscar.

“2022 was a challenging season in our continued effort to push towards the front of the grid. We learnt a lot which has been taken into the off-season as the entire team works hard to prepare for another year. Under the guidance of Andrea Stella, who moved into the position of Team Principal in December 2022, we have an excellent team to spearhead the 2023 season and can look forward to seeing our young driver duo continue to grow their partnership throughout the upcoming campaign.

Lando Norris, Driver, McLaren Formula 1, said:

“The off-season has been good but I'm looking forward to getting back on track and behind the wheel of the MCL60 for the first time. The new car looks great, and everyone involved in the build has played an important role.

Oscar Piastri, Driver, McLaren Formula 1, said:

“I’m delighted to get started with McLaren and make my F1 debut this season. The off-season has been great for me, and I’ve been working hard to prepare for the upcoming year. The time I’ve spent at the factory and in the sim has been enjoyable and productive, and everyone in the team has been welcoming. I’ve settled in well and I’m now fully focused on getting out on track in Bahrain.