McLaren runs Mansour Ojjeh's name on side of F1 car in tribute to key shareholder


McLaren will run 'Mansour' on the side of its cars in Paul Ricard in tribute to the late shareholder, who passed away earlier this month

McLaren Ojjeh logo Paul Ricard French GP 2021

McLaren has adopted its usual logo in tribute to former key shareholder Mansour Ojjeh


The McLaren Formula 1 team will be running a special livery modification at this weekend’s French Grand Prix in tribute to its late former key shareholder Mansour Ojjeh.

Both papaya machines will have ‘Mansour’ adorning its engine cover at Paul Ricard in the style of the usual ‘McLaren’ logo, along with his birth date and passing. His full name will also run on the nose of the car.

The French-Saudi businessman Ojjeh, who passed away last week, was a pivotal figure in the Woking squad’s transformation from a band of independent garagistas to an F1 powerhouse.

Ojjeh first came into F1 as a sponsor of the Williams team, his Luxembourg holding company Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) logo featuring on both of the Didcot cars.

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However, when Ron Dennis, who had merged his Project 4 outfit with McLaren in a bid to revitalise it, persuaded Ojjeh to finance the fledgling Porsche turbo engine to power the Woking effort, the investor began an association that would last for the rest of his life.

Ojjeh ultimately stopped sponsoring Williams and threw his financial full weight behind McLaren, which first came in the form of TAG-Porsche engine, before he became a shareholder in the team.

His financing and contribution to the direction of the team helped it win drivers’ titles with Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton, in addition to seven constructors’ championships.

Ojjeh struggled with ill health during his later life, eventually passing earlier this month.

Lando Norris paid tribute to the investor after finishing 5th in Baku two weeks ago, whilst Pato O’Ward dedicated his IndyCar win last weekend in Detroit to him in his post-race interview.