The many, many people calling the livery a wasted opportunity have a point. McLaren had a great chance to put the last couple of uncompetitive seasons behind it with a return to the red and white of the previous Honda era. The fans would’ve loved it, they’re Honda’s colours and it’s one of the most recognisable colour schemes in all of sport, let alone motor racing. Sticking a bit of red on the front won’t do much to keep the team’s fans happy if the car itself isn’t a front-runner.
Neither will pretending your racing drivers are anything but hideously wooden actors. Or associating your new sports car with a DeLorean:
In all seriousness, we do hope that McLaren are competitive this season, for the sake of the sport and two of its best current drivers. They just aren’t going to win many style points along the way.