McLaren has already won the Monaco Grand Prix with this retro Gulf livery

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McLaren Racing heads to the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix with a clear lead over the rest of the pack—at least when it comes to the look of its MCL35M race cars.

As a one-off tribute to its partners the Formula 1 team has gone full Gulf Oil with a classic design theme of blue and orange. Drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will also sport matching race suits and special crash helmets.

McLaren and Gulf go way back, with the oil company sponsoring Bruce McLaren in Formula 1 and Can-Am sports-car racing in the 1960s. The companies’ most successful pairing to date came in 1997 when the number 41 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail took second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans wearing the iconic livery.

“This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated race car design,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown. “We’re enormous fans of brave and bold design, and the striking Gulf blue is among the most loved liveries in racing, a celebrated piece of culture which transcends the world of motorsport.”

Fans who want to join in on the action can get outfitted in a variety of new merchandise from the McLaren x Gulf collection.

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