McLaren Show Support for NBA Finalists Phoenix Suns With Livery Gesture at British GP

Published 07/17/2021, 7:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


With the British Grand Prix being the home race for several F1 teams, many fans expect to see exciting livery changes to represent the teams’ British-ness. However, McLaren took a different turn – they modified their livery to support an NBA team instead!

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Instead of nationalities, the Woking outfit chose to support a team based on their shared color schemes. The papaya colored team decided to announce their support for another papaya-colored team (from NBA, though), the Phoenix Suns, by adding the latter’s emblem on their halo for the race at Silverstone.

McLaren show their love for Phoenix Sun as they zip around Silverstone

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As the two Papaya cars of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris zipped around on Friday, spectators at Silverstone were intrigued to see a basketball team’s emblem on the halo of MCL35M.

The Woking-based squad took to Twitter to their loyalty for the team, they wrote, Game 5 of the #NBAFinals tomorrow HUGE! We’re backing the @Suns in their papaya jerseys. Let’s do this, team! #RallyTheValley.”

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How did Ricciardo and Norris perform on Friday?

The British GP had a new format this weekend, as there was only be one practice session followed by a quali session that will set the grid for the sprint race on Saturday. Both Daniel and Lando knew they had to step their game up if they wanted results that could help them in the team’s standings.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Norris certainly brought his A-game, as he was the second-fastest in FP1. Meanwhile, his Australian teammate found himself being the ninth fastest on the timesheet.

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However, in the quali session later in the day, both the McLaren driver found themselves in Q3. While Ricciardo took P7, his 21-year-old teammate was just ahead of him P6.

The final practice session is just a few hours away. Do you think Daniel and Lando will improve on their pace and make an impact in the sprint race today evening? Let us know your predictions for the McLaren duo down in the comments section.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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