Today, Formula One fans saw the first team launch for the 2021 Formula 1 season, with McLaren showcasing its new team livery, updated team kit and the company’s updated driver lineup.
With this, however, one omission that is present on the new Formula 1 car, driver overalls and team uniforms is the three-star badge, which belongs to German Auto manufacturer, Mercedes.
As the new MCL35M was revealed at McLaren’s Woking factory on Monday night, we saw the familiar three-star logo missing on all these uniforms and cars. Neither Daniel Ricciardo nor Lando Norris’s uniforms indicate that Mercedes is an engine provider for the 2021 season.
McLaren team chief explained why this is so, which will be listed later on. This method is quite similar to what Racing Point does, since the company also uses Mercedes engines, without any indication. McLaren in its earlier uniforms featured the Renault logo, but, this time seems to be quite different.
In comparison, even Williams, a Mercedes customer features the logo as part of its uniform, which the drivers wear to the track. It is understood however that the deals formed with Mercedes do not mention or stipulate the need for customers to feature the provider’s branding, but, each company has its own rules, be it a provider or a customer.
What Did McLaren’s Principal Say About The Lack Of Mercedes Branding?
Team principal Andreas Seidl stated: “We are definitely convinced that we are in a position, once we are there as a team, that the Mercedes power unit can help us to win races again in the future. Definitely.
“But, I think it’s important to make sure we focus on ourselves. We still have a long way to go on our side and on the team side, but we are happy with the progress we could make in the last two years.
“At the same time, you know, there’s still a lot of things we need to get in place first on the infrastructure side and on the team side, before we actually battle for race wins again.”