McLaren has denied speculation it is set to drop its traditional silver livery for the 2011 season.

McLaren has denied speculation it is set to drop its traditional silver livery for the 2011 season.

Reports had linked the team's launch of mainly black and red official clothing for this year with rumours McLaren may want to differentiate itself from former works partner Mercedes, who now compete with a similarly silver-liveried car.

"Black livery? Er, no," McLaren said via its official Twitter feed TheFifthDriver.

The Woking based team, still powered by Mercedes engines, added that the 2011 livery will be "the same Rocket Red and chrome finish that you've grown to love since Vodafone McLaren Mercedes was born in 2007".

"That's official, btw (by the way)," McLaren confirmed.

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