The team Mercedes de F1 presented the model Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance that they will use English this season Lewis Hamilton, current champion; and the finnish Valtteri Bottas.
The new car carries much of the technology of the W11 of 2020 who won 13 of the 17 races of the tournament following the decision of don't make big technical changes to offset the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it has some novelties, such as the trimmed floor which adapts to the small regulatory changes for this year.
The team decided keep the color black for 2021, with a fade to silver on the rear and a hint of red in deference to the sponsor and now shareholder Ineos (He has 33% of the team).
“Every year we reset our focus and set the right goals. That may sound simple, but it is very difficult and is probably the reason why there are no sports teams with seven titles in a row. It's very natural to get used to success, but this team hasn't shown any of that. I see the same fire, hunger and passion as the first time I walked through these doors in 2013 ”, warning Toto wolff, responsible for the team.
"Each season presents a new challenge and 2021 brings changes in the rules that could affect our competitiveness, in addition to the new cost cap and having to work on the main rule changes for 2022. These challenges excite us." Wolff added.
Hamilton will be back at the wheel of Mercedes after signing a new one-year contract. It will be the eighth season with the German team after leaving McLaren in 2013. The Briton equaled the German's record of seven titles in the previous year. Michael Schumacher y you will be hoping the W12 will help you break the mark with a new crown.
“New car launch day is always very exciting. It's great to reveal to the world the result of everyone's hard work at the factory and to see some of my teammates in person, something we were barely able to do last year. I was in contact with the engineers throughout the winter, keeping track of their preparations as I prepared for the season. The excitement has been growing and growing, so now I'm looking forward to getting out on the track with the W12 ”, the seven-time world champion pointed out.
He is joined again by Bottas, who begins his fifth year with the team with the aim of finally defeating his teammate. “It is good to be able to see the final result of the car in person. That makes me even more excited for the new season. The cars are quite similar to last year, but there are some interesting aerodynamic changes that will have an impact on the behavior and performance of the car, so I am looking forward to seeing these new sensations in the Bahrain test. " the Nordic sentenced.
The Belgian Stoffel vandoorne will continue in his role as reserve pilot, alongside Dutch Nyck de Vries. Both are Mercedes drivers also in Formula E.