Here is the car that is called to dominate one more year the Formula 1. The car of champions. The new Mercedes W12 E Performance from 2021 was unveiled this Tuesday morning with a continuity appearance with respect to 2020, the year in which the group led by Lewis hamilton, which during 2020 became a global icon of the movement ‘Black Lives Matter’, decided to paint the ‘silver arrow’ black in support of said claims. On this occasion, the new car of the Briton and his partner Valtteri Bottas It will continue to have black as the main protagonist of its decoration, but with a novelty: on the rear of the engine hood this color will fade into the iconic silver of the star brand.
“The 2020 livery became iconic and we are very proud of its message,” said Wolff in the virtual presentation on Tuesday, noting that this year they wanted to add the historic silver of Mercedes to that livery.
Mercedes has won it all since the start of the hybrid era in 2014 with a car far superior to the rest, achieving 7 consecutive constructors ‘titles and 7 drivers’ crowns in a row
-6 for Lewis Hamilton and one for Rosberg in 2016-. Now, in the last year of the current regulations, before the great F1 regulatory revolution that aims to even things out on the track, Mercedes wants to close the dominating circle of this era by sweeping the track again.
Will try to avoid it Red bull, which with an improvement during the 2020 course, managed to reach the end of the championship making things more difficult for those of Brackley. However, the group of energy drinks is aware that this was due to the fact that Mercedes completely put aside the evolution of its car from last year due to its enormous starting superiority, focusing all its efforts on the creation of the car of 2022 to continue at the forefront also after the huge rule change next year. In that sense, due to the limitations in development for the 2021 cars, the current car is a pure evolution of last year’s racing car, a car that touched on perfection. The new W12 E Performance has adapted the design of its floor to the small changes in the 2021 regulations, whereby the cars will lose some downforce, and has worked on some innovation such as ladder-shaped aerodynamic mirror brackets. The 2020 car was difficult to improve, although the factory BrackleyConstantly in search of perfection, he will have tried, especially to try to gain downforce and maintain good drag with the rule changes for this course.
Mertcedes, pending Red Bull
In the absence of less than 2 weeks for the start of the preseason tests, with the first race of the year scheduled for March 28 in Bahrain, Mercedes He is a clear favorite to win absolutely everything. For now, the only thing that could make things difficult for you is Red Bull, with Verstappen and Pérez, and is that as he said weeks ago Toto Wolff, the strength of the new official couple from Milton Keynes could spice up the fight for the Constructors’ World Cup. It remains to be seen if Red Bull fails again from the beginning as it has done in previous seasons, having to correct birth errors in its car in order to gradually get closer to the Mercedes. The possibility that this year on the track Mercedes will have a rival at its height will depend on this, especially with a Verstappen that he expects it. Honda’s power upgrade could be offset by Mercedes with more horsepower in its engine and a more reliable propellant, once the small setbacks that Mercedes engines had last year had been solved and their leadership was never questioned.
Mercedes search in 2021 his particular 8 out of 8 in titles since 2014 and lead Hamilton to his eighth title
. Lewis finds in this W12 E Performance his best ally to become the driver with the most titles in the history of F1 alone, above 7 Michael Schumacher. Hamilton, even with a contract renewal of just one year with Mercedes, will seek to make even more history with the star brand.