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With media speculation prompting fans to wonder whether McLaren might be about to re-introduce the colour orange to their livery, we take a pictorial look back at the F1 teams to have carried the distinctive hue over the years…


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Denny Hulme, McLaren Cosworth M7A, finished the race in second place. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Spanish Grand Prix, Jarama, Spain, 12 May 1968. © Sutton Motorsport Images

Long regarded as McLaren’s ‘traditional’ colour, Bruce’s team actually raced in both white and then red before switching to orange in 1968 - their third season of F1 competition. The change heralded success, with McLaren winning three races that season and sticking with the bold colour scheme (which was inspired by rivals’ liveries in Can-Am) until the end of 1971. McLaren have tested in orange since - in 1997 and 2006 - but will 2017 see the team field an orange-coloured car in a race for the first time in 46 years?


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Riccardo Patrese, Arrows A3, retired with engine failure. Spanish Grand Prix, Rd7, Jarama, Spain, 21 June 1981. © Sutton Motorsport Images

For their first few seasons Arrows raced with a gold livery, but a change of title sponsor in 1981 heralded a switch to a predominantly orange colour scheme for two years. Many years later in 1999 the team ran with a swathe of orange over the front half of the car. It would prove a prelude to a full-blown return to the colour in 2000, thanks to a partnership with a sponsor of the same name. The bold livery lasted until the team’s demise in 2002.


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Vittorio Brambilla, March 741, crashed out of fifth position on lap 17. Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 8 September 1974. © Sutton Motorsport Images

No driver in F1 history is as inextricably linked with the colour orange as Vittorio Brambilla, who campaigned the colour throughout his top-flight career and scored his only win at the wheel of an orange March in Austria in 1975. But the Italian was not the only driver to run the livery for March - Hans-Joachim Stuck also campaigned for the team in a similar livery.


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Vittorio Brambilla, Surtees TS20, scored his final GP point with a sixth place finish. Austrian Grand Prix, Rd 12, Osterreichring, Austria, 13 August 1978. © Sutton Motorsport Images

Brambilla switched from March to Surtees in 1977, taking his sponsor with him, though the car he raced that year was white. However, his more familiar orange would return in 1978…


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Ernesto Viso, Spyker MF1 Racing Third Driver, Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 20 October 2006. © Sutton Motorsport Images

When Dutch car firm Spyker purchased the Midland F1 team towards the back end of the 2006 season they wasted no time in decking their cars out in the national colour. Out went the red and black and in came a dazzling orange livery, which went through several iterations before the team was sold to Vijay Mallya and rebranded as Force India at the end of 2007.



Gregor Foitek at the wheel of his EuroBrun ER-189 in Hungary, 1989. He failed to pre-qualify. © LAT Photographic

The Italo-Swiss team failed to qualify for a single race in 1989 (in fact, they only qualified for 14 races across three seasons in F1) but by running this outrageously garish orange car, they did at least stand out from the crowd.


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Vern Schuppan, Theodore Ensign N174, finished fifteenth on his first GP start. Belgian Grand Prix, Nivelles-Baulers, 12 May 1974. © Sutton Motorsport Images

Australian racer Vern Schuppan’s tenure at Ensign lasted just seven races, but it did result in this vibrant orange car making it to the Formula One grid in 1974.

And a one-off...

1975 South Africa

Eddie Keizan, Lotus 72E-Ford, on his way to 13th position in the 1975 South African Grand Prix. Kyalami, South Africa. 27th February - 1st March 1975. © LAT Photographic

South African driver Eddie Keizan made three world championship starts, all in the Seventies, for privateer teams. His final outing, in 1975, came at the wheel of this unmissable Team Gunstan-run Lotus 72.



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