Reigning F1 world champions Mercedes have revealed their latest challenger for the 2021 F1 season as they aim an unprecedented eighth title. The brand new automobile known as the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Efficiency, with the group explaining the ‘E Efficiency’ nomenclature has been added because it’s the “new expertise label utilized in product names and badging on all forthcoming Mercedes-AMG efficiency hybrid vehicles – which function direct cascade expertise from F1”.
The W12 will likely be piloted by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas this season.
- Mercedes-AMG W12 will likely be Hamilton and Bottas’ 2021 F1 racer
- Options new-spec energy unit
- Retains black livery to help range
Mercedes’ 2021 F1 racer – the W12 E Efficiency
Within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was agreed that improvement of some key parts of the chassis can be successfully frozen for 2021. However this doesn’t imply that the 2021 vehicles are equivalent to their 2020 predecessors. Some key aerodynamic rule adjustments have been launched this yr hold downforce in verify.
Mercedes says the W12 carries “appreciable aerodynamic adjustments” alongside enhancements in different areas like suspension, cooling system and a new-spec energy unit.
Final yr, the group launched a brand new all-black livery to support greater diversity and inclusion in F1. The W12 sports activities an evolution of that livery, with the black fading into the group’s conventional silver. The crimson star paying tribute to two-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda continues to function on the automobile.
Mercedes F1 Group Principal Toto Wolff states the largest problem for the group will maybe be working underneath the newly-introduced value cap. “We needed to change the construction of our group, the way in which we work with one another, streamline our processes and turn out to be extra environment friendly,” he stated.
“We’ll attempt to make sure that we shield the speed at which we learn to make the automobile go quicker, however the associated fee cap will inevitably change the intervals between updates,” added James Allison, the group’s Technical Director.
Hamilton, Bottas proceed with Mercedes F1 group
Mercedes occurs to be simply one among three groups to proceed with an unchanged driver line-up for this season. After a lot delay, seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton finally signed a new contract with the team final month. Statistically, Hamilton has surpassed Michael Schumacher to turn out to be essentially the most profitable driver in F1 historical past. With the 2 events persevering with their dominant partnership in 2021, and with the laws remaining largely secure, it’s virtually sure that Hamilton will cross the extraordinary 100-wins mark this yr.
“The launch day of a brand new automobile is at all times a very thrilling one,” stated Hamilton. “It’s nice to disclose to the world the results of everybody’s exhausting work on the factories and to see a few of my team-mates in particular person, which has been so uncommon throughout the previous yr. I’ve been in contact with the engineers by the winter, retaining observe of their preparations as I put together myself for the season forward. The joy has been constructing and constructing, so now I simply can’t wait to get out on observe within the W12.”
Valtteri Bottas may also keep on for what will likely be his fifth season with Mercedes. With Mercedes junior George Russell ready within the wings, the stress is definitely on for him to dial up his efficiency if he desires to carry on to that seat. Speaking with Autocar India final yr, the Finn acknowledged that he doesn’t really feel like he’s but peaked in his skills as a driver and there’s much more to come back from him – “I really feel like I’m getting higher yearly. It doesn’t occur routinely, you do should work for it. However I really feel my finest years are nonetheless forward.”
2021 F1 season
Pre-season testing will get underway on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit on March 12-14, two weeks earlier than the season-opening Bahrain GP on the similar venue on March 28. You may head right here to take a look at the full revised calendar.