The British team first joined forces with Johnnie Walker in 2005, and this weekend’s race marks their 160th together. With Monaco being the sport’s most sophisticated weekend on the calendar, the team has seen it fit to celebrate the partnership with a special one off design that will also feature on the helmets and overalls of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
“McLaren Mercedes has today unveiled a unique livery for the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix,” a statement from the team read. “To celebrate its special relationship with McLaren Mercedes, Johnnie Walker will feature prominently on the car, along with on the driver overalls and helmets.
“The Monaco Grand Prix is a jewel in Formula 1’s crown and has come to symbolise quality, style and sophistication, as well as sporting endeavour. Johnnie Walker and McLaren Mercedes began their partnership in 2005 and Monaco is the ideal place to celebrate the success they have achieved during 160 Grand Prix races together.”
The team has been without a title sponsor in 2014 after cutting ties with Vodafone at the end of last season. As a result, the team has instead sported a variety of ‘one off’ liveries, with Esso and Mobil 1 previously enjoying greater coverage on the MP4-29.
With the announcement, the team released a photoshopped image of what the livery will look like:
Images courtesy of Octane Photographic and McLaren Mercedes.