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Team McLaren gave its supporters broad hope about their comeback shortly after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, the nightmare was still to come, as the Woking-based team continued to be the second-slowest on the grid in Miami GP. And now as the Formula 1 circus heads to the historic Monaco Grand Prix, team Mclaren has decided to pay homage. However, as soon as the papaya army declared its ambitions, the papaya army’s supporters were split, and amid that, the CEO of the team, Zak Brown, made a dismissive remark that simply added fuel to the fire.

McLaren announced a new “Triple Crown” livery that will take place at the renowned Monaco Grand Prix and continue to the Spanish race as well. The tribute recognizes the eight-time F1 champion Mclaren team, which has won the Triple Crown—the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, and 24 Hours of LeMans.

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They have created the special livery in a way that pays tribute to the luminaries who have won those significant events to complete the Triple Crown. The 1984 Monaco GP victory by Alain Prost running on MP4/2 is depicted in “white” in the livery’s middle. With regard to the front end, the car is classic “black,” paying homage to the Mclaren F1 GTR, which won the 1995 Le Mans 24 hours with JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas, and Masanori Sekiya in its inaugural race. And the papaya color, which is a typical appearance of the current MCL60, is still apparent at the rear.

Fans have greeted the historical honor with some snarky comments about the present McLaren squad. They were one of the grid’s slowest performers at the last race in Florida. The Twitter comments area has been flooded by a number of fans’ diverse reactions. These reactions are cumulatively a result of Zak Brown’s most recent remarks regarding McLaren’s goal-shifting.

Fans throw snarky comments on Zak Brown and Co. ahead of Monaco GP tribute

The Mclaren garage has been the source of numerous headlines for a number of days, and the most recent one appeared following Zak Brown’s remarks. The CEO of McLaren stated in 2021 that the Woking-based company would be competing at the top by 2024. Season 2023, however, demonstrates that rather than making significant strides forward, the team still lacks certain essential judgments of their MCL 60, which has let them down.

The American is currently attempting to win over McLaren supporters for a few more years. According to the F1 Nation podcast, Brown said, ” Our goal next year is to get back to a 2021-type season. A handful of podiums, a pole, a win. You know, mix it up. In 2025, we will have had everything that we need. I think we will be winning races in 2025. We’ve got the new era starting in 2026.”

As a result, the Woking-based has come under fire from the fans. The supporters debated the newest livery while throwing sarcastic comments.

Fans also mocked the team for their poor showing at the Miami GP.

One of the spectators admired the livery and demanded the Woking-based squad to persist with it as the team’s usual look “sucks.”

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After Miami’s horrors, the fans missed the opportunity to witness the efficiency of McLaren’s most recent modifications owing to the cancellation of the Imola GP. However, it will be interesting to see what the eight-time F1 champion will bring to the historic Monaco GP.

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of writing experience. He developed a keen interest in the sport after the unforgettable Abu Dhabi 2021 race. As a graduate of a premier institute, Aditya is committed to producing high-quality content that is engaging, informative, and accurate.
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