McLaren's special Monaco livery shows the rule F1 needs

McLaren has revealed a special livery it will race at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, running in full Gulf colours for one weekend only. With F1's rules around team liveries being so strict, we explain how McLaren has been able to do this, and why F1 should create a new rule to encourage more teams to create special designs in future. We also take a look back at previous times F1 teams have used one-off paint jobs in the past.


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  1. Brandon Coffey

    Brandon Coffey

    天 前

    Absolutely let them have fun with the liveries but I am an American who was brought up with nascar and the livery changes that would take place year to year or week to week

  2. dead man

    dead man

    天 前

    McLaren should use this design for 2022.

  3. Procrvstinvtion


    天 前

    Damn that lucky strike driver position paint is fucking sick

  4. chris davidson

    chris davidson

    天 前

    if ferrari keep having to drop the mission winnow thing due to tobacco sponsorship rules, can McLaren really turn up with the car literally looking like a Marlboro box?

  5. Jacob _N_R_Z

    Jacob _N_R_Z

    2 天 前

    I wish red bull makes a one off red and white japan livery

  6. Érico Calixto

    Érico Calixto

    3 天 前

    Damn that's a beautiful livery and car.

  7. Jeff Andrews

    Jeff Andrews

    3 天 前

    I'm sure that cost many more times than my house, just to make a car look pretty for 1 race. Not the car itself, or the rest like the team uniforms and whatever. Just changing the colors on the car.

  8. John Yager

    John Yager

    4 天 前

    I think it would be cool if F1 and the teams were to treat Monaco like NASCAR treats the Southern 500 at Darlington. All the teams will rewrap their cars in historic liveries for the race. It's always cool to see the cars painted like they were in the past.

  9. Matúš KUB

    Matúš KUB

    5 天 前

    F1 asiimov

  10. mikemonkeyz


    7 天 前


  11. BadDay - Lets Plays

    BadDay - Lets Plays

    8 天 前

    what a beauty

  12. Leon Kahs

    Leon Kahs

    8 天 前

    I want a rule, that teams have to design a one off livery every season.

  13. Pieter Rosing

    Pieter Rosing

    8 天 前

    That's a really good idea

  14. Frank


    9 天 前

    Occasionally, a fan-designed livery for charity events might be cool also.

  15. Frank


    9 天 前

    It would be great to see this happen. I doubt it will though, since F1 and the FIA hate F1 fans.

  16. News Moto

    News Moto

    9 天 前

    Valentino Rossi always had specials.

  17. Andrew Ramero

    Andrew Ramero

    10 天 前

    I would love to see a Marlboro inspired livery on the Mclaren!!!

  18. darkySp


    10 天 前

    I thought the baby blue and orange color was a Ford thing

  19. Hālian


    10 天 前

    Each car should have its own paint job; it's currently extremely difficult to tell a team's cars apart, especially on TV.

  20. Unknow0059


    10 天 前

    This shouldn't be a rule.

  21. Unknow0059


    10 天 前

    This is pretty cool. What a gift for fans and team alike.

  22. Zee-Z Zee

    Zee-Z Zee

    11 天 前

    maan that looks slick

  23. Raiku • ライク

    Raiku • ライク

    11 天 前

    For some reason there was no title bar here for some reason

  24. ninjaXavier2


    12 天 前

    i think is should be like nascar where you can run any livery as long as it matches your sponsor

  25. Masked Gamer

    Masked Gamer

    12 天 前

    Never been a fan of the full orange mclaren, this looks great



    12 天 前

    I think keep them scarce

  27. User Unknown

    User Unknown

    12 天 前

    I love you, mr Brown

  28. William A. Walker

    William A. Walker

    12 天 前

    Classic McLaren and Gulf. Two of my favorite liveries, despite them both being orange and blue.

  29. Matheus Williames

    Matheus Williames

    13 天 前

    A senna tribute wouldn't be that good without brazilian drivers

  30. KP L

    KP L

    16 天 前

    Wonder what Alfa could offer us, all red? Then we would have 4 Ferraris on the grid



    16 天 前

    Mclaren wasn't the only team to make a special livery, Williams did it too for Monaco but it wasn't that diferent from their regular livery.

  32. TissuePaper


    19 天 前

    Think about the amount of waste generated by buying dozens of sets of brand new clothes and kit for a single weekend... I love motorsport but the amount of waste in the sport in general makes it hard to support. Cool livery though.

  33. XxMidnightToker420xX


    20 天 前

    Would be a great rule to inject some more excitement towards seeing a race on the weekend

  34. Jett BATEMAN

    Jett BATEMAN

    21 天 前

    Yes, do the one off rule!

  35. m holla

    m holla

    21 天 前

    would love it if McLaren or Haas did a days of the thunder callback at the US GP. The Mellow Yellow or the Chevy City livery would be awesome.

  36. Akhyar Rayhka

    Akhyar Rayhka

    24 天 前

    blue ferrari

  37. troncrash7


    25 天 前

    Ayo they got the asiimov skin for cars now

  38. dcoog anml

    dcoog anml

    27 天 前

    My goodness! Most stunning modern livery I can think of. This one's a keeper.

  39. luc bouwmeester

    luc bouwmeester

    27 天 前

    absolutely YES

  40. SpeeX


    28 天 前

    Looks like a csgo skin: asiimov

  41. Lethal_Pork_chop


    28 天 前

    great idea more teams should do that livery from back in the days, instead of using same livery the whole year. And its a nice tribute to the past

  42. Edvard Ekhem

    Edvard Ekhem

    28 天 前

    I’d like to see something like NHL winter classic where teams always have different jerseys and logos celebrating their heritage for the Monaco Grand Prix

    • dcoog anml

      dcoog anml

      27 天 前

      1:12 so a recreation of a 90s recreation of a 60s livery?

  43. Anggoro Gede Waseso

    Anggoro Gede Waseso

    29 天 前

    The Mclaren F1 finished 2nd.. Me: AND LANDO FINISHED 3RD!!! So happy for him XD

  44. Black Cat

    Black Cat

    29 天 前

    The black and gold lotus was the best looking car what do you mean did anyone care? it was the best

  45. A I Ionescu

    A I Ionescu

    29 天 前

    What exactly should the rule say? "you are encouraged to have a one-off livery per year"? sounds dumb. who wants to do it can do it already.

  46. Sofia Minervaa

    Sofia Minervaa

    29 天 前

    tbh I don't think that it is a good idea to create such rule bc it would definitely decrease the specialness of these one-off liveries appearances. for example this weekend we all were excited for the McLaren one and this occasional livery design brought a lot of attention to the sponsor as well as McLaren itself benefitted from creating accompanying merch, but imagine if every weekend there would be a special livery design (or even a couple of them)? would we all be as excited? I think we would just get used to such occasions and it would make it less exciting imo

  47. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    29 天 前

    I loved RedBulls special Great Britain 2019 livery with the Aston Martin/James Bond 007 livery

  48. Scott Brownlie

    Scott Brownlie

    29 天 前

    Monaco had me googling Gulf Racing clothing 😁

  49. Scott deLong

    Scott deLong

    29 天 前

    I am SO disappointed(!) I thought that was McLaren's 2021 livery. Why must the Gulf colors look so much better than their regular livery, I mean, why not go with this in the first place?

  50. Sebastian Slettebø

    Sebastian Slettebø

    个月 前

    They should really make this their regular livery. It’s soooooooo clean

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      29 天 前

      The Gulf hats sold out before race day too. Big win for F1 all around.

  51. G2IntegraDA


    个月 前

    Senna Livery💪🏻 YES!!!

  52. Konki


    个月 前

    Formula 1 is trying to bring costs down, any idea how much that stuff would cost? And think about the wasted material.

  53. Einveldi


    个月 前

    I think they've got it just right, it's still a big deal and any attempts to make it regular will amount to being gimmicky.

  54. Brand


    个月 前

    Why cant we have fun colors!?!? Think, F1; THINK!!!! what will you have after 500 races!?!?!? Youd still have the fans!!!! and the fans are the only ones who will put out the dedication and creativity beyond what a universal assumption of what corperate bleakness is. so when a team wants to reshape there brand or identity or loosen the rulebook for cosmetic skins that dont affect any part of the car on a areodynamic or mechanical level, THINK FOR A SECOND "what would stagnant liveries bring after 500 races?!?!"

  55. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    个月 前

    Livery changes as the most exciting thing happening in F1. 'Nuff said.

  56. Gustav Meyrink

    Gustav Meyrink

    个月 前

    1:12 so a recreation of a 90s recreation of a 60s livery?

  57. AndreiTupolev


    个月 前

    Well, it seemed to work for them

  58. judgegixxer


    个月 前

    NO NO NO!!!! The only livery changes should be at the start of the season. Changing liveries every race will make F1 like NASCAR. To make an Iconic livery requires it to be run long enough to be recognizable. Seeing McLaren in Gulf Colors? Meh It's an ugly blue anyways.

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      个月 前

      I don't really care except that this McLaren livery is much better than the ugly orange cars.

  59. Animiles


    个月 前

    Looks just very wasteful to me to make all of these things just for one single weekend.. :|

  60. Kevin Hendon

    Kevin Hendon

    个月 前

    Definitely keep this Gulf livery, looks fantastic not only for nostalgia reasons but it looks so clean & perfect👍

  61. S7VEN


    个月 前

    The joker rule would be great, Mclaren however need to keep that Gulf livery permanently it's the best one of all of the liveries by a country mile

  62. Dodi Jamian

    Dodi Jamian

    个月 前

    sure black livery really really really shows diversity of many color

  63. Ryan lukens

    Ryan lukens

    个月 前

    I think the idea of one race per season where all the teams run a one-off livery would be cool. Don’t make it the same race every season though, allow different tracks the opportunity to host the one-off race. I believe they will see spikes in attendance for these special races every year.

  64. Gustavo Lovatto

    Gustavo Lovatto

    个月 前

    The Formula 1 should allow more special paint schemes. It doesn’t have the tradition of allowing teams running multiple paint schemes during the season like the american auto racing series does, but a special liberation to each home race + 1 livery to each 7 other races in the schedule would be well balanced. It could be 4 different one-off liveries or a second paint scheme used 4 times. For example: Red Bull have a home race in the Austrian Grand Prix. There are 22 more races in the current calendar, which would allow Red Bull to run three more liveries if they wish to (it would be a permission, not a obligation). If a team doesn’t have a home race, like Mercedes now, it would be allowed 3 new liveries.

  65. Vok250


    个月 前

    The Gulf hats sold out before race day too. Big win for F1 all around.

  66. Cliffjumper 1

    Cliffjumper 1

    个月 前

    i've gotta be honest, i prefer the stock mclaren livery, just my opinion, something about the gulf thing is just eh, could be better

  67. John Patrick Lim

    John Patrick Lim

    个月 前

    I'd go for naked carbon with no sponsors, no paint at all.....

    • bmull81


      个月 前

      @John Patrick Lim - yes! The simple elegance of a car without the crapulous adverts and sponsor posies. Yes, the money is needed by the teams, but naked carbon would be just fine with me.



    个月 前


  69. Kuba Uhlíř

    Kuba Uhlíř

    个月 前

    Marketing driven? Red Bull is a marketing company

  70. Literally Shaking

    Literally Shaking

    个月 前

    That throwback McLaren livery look 312% better than their usual livery. Mercedes needs to go with an all silver paint job and tartan seat.

  71. B Says

    B Says

    个月 前


  72. Matt Grant

    Matt Grant

    个月 前

    Why does Zac Brown dress like a northern nightclub owner?

    • bmull81


      个月 前

      @Matt Grant - P'raps he owns one? Secretly?

  73. Meine Postma

    Meine Postma

    个月 前

    I don't really care except that this McLaren livery is much better than the ugly orange cars.

  74. Revelian1982


    个月 前

    Who gives as fuck..

  75. Yusef Amul

    Yusef Amul

    个月 前

    Is it only me who thinks this livery is from the 1966 GT40?

  76. doire aintu

    doire aintu

    个月 前

    Haas better fit Mazepins car livery with some slippery road signs as a one off to celebrate his practice runs towards the formula drift series.

  77. StevenFTW 5

    StevenFTW 5

    个月 前

    Why? Money

  78. rockatronz


    个月 前

    We all like to see sneak peak of livery over the winter for the cats, , it’s exciting for fans, and could be voted for or fan driven. 5 joker type livery’s would be enough and would be great sponsors tool for the trams

    • doire aintu

      doire aintu

      个月 前

      quickly get repetitive so there needs to be restrictions. Like twice every three years or something per team.

  79. seiom jvony

    seiom jvony

    个月 前

    "If it looks good, it goes fast" has always been a phrase used around F1 car designs - hopefully this design will be worth about a second a lap!!

  80. Simon Z

    Simon Z

    个月 前

    I like the rule as it stands Changing the livery as often as in american sport makes it too hard to follow Allowing 1 special livery per year is probably the good amount. The fact that it must be approved by F1 means we are more likely to have meaningful things rather than some random marketing stuff depending on the highest bidder among the sponsors Also: This gulf livery is gorgeous :-)

  81. jyh1Q94


    个月 前

    I want to see individual driver numbers to be more dynamic. Good to see drivers can choose their own numbers but they still looks somewhat strict to me.

    • seiom jvony

      seiom jvony

      个月 前

      Ngl they should try to be like nascar with throwback liveries especially with monaco

  82. Nico Cavallaro

    Nico Cavallaro

    个月 前

    The rule F1 needs regarding liverys: "No ugly liverys allowed" and that goes to you, Ferrari. I love you but that green MW is an homicide.

  83. Thomas Patsis

    Thomas Patsis

    个月 前

    It would be the darlington throw back weekend of f1 but at least it will sell more diecast shirts and hats

  84. Chesley Smith

    Chesley Smith

    个月 前

    F1 can learn a thing or two from nascar’s Throwback weekend.

  85. T Mo T

    T Mo T

    个月 前

    A Honda tribute would be absolute fire. If anyone is aware of any social media campaign to ask for that, please point me in that direction.

  86. Luke Oxley

    Luke Oxley

    个月 前

    I would love it if the FIA could put a rule like that in

  87. Luke Oxley

    Luke Oxley

    个月 前

    A Bond Aston Martin liverie would be amazing!

  88. Eric Carabetta

    Eric Carabetta

    个月 前

    I don't understand the purpose of restricting the livery that teams are allowed, how fucking ridiculous. Who tf cares what kind paint the teams have, just let them do what they want, it has no effect on the dynamics of the car whatsoever.

  89. Roy Liber

    Roy Liber

    个月 前

    FIA and F1 should let teams run any liveries they want really as far as its settled with the sponsors. The Gulf McLaren livery is the best livery ive seen in decades and im quite sad its a one off, then again it makes this a very special race for them. Every single team on the grid has reasons to put special liveries on their cars, can't see why McLaren should be the only one for this season. Gulf McLaren's reveal video is truely special video and people are going to talk about it for many years to come for sure.

  90. James Boardman

    James Boardman

    个月 前

    I wouldn't mind seeing the occasional comemorative color scheme on an F-1 race car, but not a new scheme every week like America's NASCAR racers. However I would like F-1 to mandate legible car numbers on the nose, and side pods of each entrant in the field, that are of a uniform size, and location, regardless of the team, or their individual sponsors. It's difficult following a race, listening to just the race announcer describing who is leading who, and who is passing who, without some reference to the car they're driving, or to try to figure out the what position a particular car is in using the position chart that appears in the upper left corner of the TV screen that shows a 3 character abbreviation for the drivers name, a flag for their respective nationalities, and a three character abbreviation for the position they hold in the field. I would like to instantly be able to tell which car(s) and driver(s) I'm looking at on the screen. Legible car numbers would go a long way in making that happen!

  91. Sammed Pandharkar

    Sammed Pandharkar

    个月 前

    Whatever they do, One thing we DON'T want is a fucking star wars livery

  92. Roger J

    Roger J

    个月 前

    I'd very much like to see one off liveries in F1. I'd especially love to see Ferrari race in yellow once again.

  93. Stromberg Thornton

    Stromberg Thornton

    个月 前

    I love those NART Ferrari colours. And I'd love to see the livery rules change. But maybe limit it to a three year period. A team running a different livery at every other race would quickly get repetitive so there needs to be restrictions. Like twice every three years or something per team.

  94. Tristan McWilliams

    Tristan McWilliams

    个月 前

    Why can’t that be their permanent design

  95. Marko


    个月 前

    Am I the only one who found Lotus's black and yellow/gold liveries cool as fuck?

  96. hoiy vinosa

    hoiy vinosa

    个月 前

    the thing is that this gulf livery is iconic with mclarens so even if they change the livery everyone will know thats still a mclaren

  97. Electric Pineapple

    Electric Pineapple

    个月 前

    Ngl they should try to be like nascar with throwback liveries especially with monaco

  98. arronb18


    个月 前

    They should do a throwback race like NASCAR

  99. Chris Young

    Chris Young

    个月 前

    I'm not a huge F1 fan but I had no idea that there were regulations about livery. I'm more accustomed to in the car in NASCAR where as stated in the video they change their color scheme often on a race by race basis. I think the F1 rules on livery just confirm my long-held opinion that the F1 governing body is a bunch of snobbish control freaks. When F1 came to Indianapolis, one of the reasons it failed was that they are in no way as fan friendly as NASCAR or IndyCar. Changing deliveries keeps it interesting for the fans.

    • hoiy vinosa

      hoiy vinosa

      个月 前

      How about the 95 Le Mans Winning livery

  100. wrecked funtimefoxy

    wrecked funtimefoxy

    个月 前

    honestly isnt mclaren cool? they make some interesting cars but f1s with sport car liverys? fabulous even for americans this is beautiful