Mercedes unveils new W13 F1 car ahead of Silverstone shakedown

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Mercedes has unveiled its new W13 Formula 1 car for the 2022 season ahead of its track debut at Silverstone on Friday.

The Mercedes W13 is the eighth F1 car to be officially unveiled ahead of the new campaign and is the latest model to be launched by the leading teams.

Mercedes has returned to its classic silver livery for 2022 after racing a black design for the past two years as part of its anti-racism message.

The car features black trim and title sponsor Petronas’ fluorescent green, as well as a star-speckled pattern on the engine cover.

2022 marks the start of a new technical era for F1 following a rewrite of the regulations which aims to produce better racing, leading to a significant change in the aerodynamic design of the cars.

Mercedes will enter the new season looking to continue their streak of eight consecutive F1 constructors’ titles dating back to 2014.

Mercedes W13

Photo by: Mercedes AMG

“The mindset of the team has always been the same in recent years, which is that the number of points goes back to zero,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

“There is nothing from previous years that will win you the current championship. No credit to take, but also no sense of entitlement.

“Like every year, we’re skeptical about whether we’ve done a good enough job, and that’s the right mentality.”

Mercedes will have a first chance to finish the race with the W13 during a shakedown at Silverstone today, which is limited to 100km or 17 laps.

“For me, the two best moments of every year are when you first start, which happened very early for us in December, and then the second moment is when the car is being assembled,” Wolff said.

“I’ve been in the racing bays for the past few days looking at this amazing machine, and now to see it complete with bodywork is very exciting. It’s pretty amazing, but I hope it’s amazing when we drive it in one hour.

Lewis Hamilton will be bidding for a record eighth world championship again this year, having lost to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen in controversial fashion in the final round of the season in 2021.

Mercedes W13

Mercedes W13

Photo by: Mercedes AMG

“At the start of the year, I didn’t set any goals at the start,” Hamilton said. “I think naturally every individual within this team has been working towards the ultimate goal of winning the world championship, and again raising the bar and doing something that no one else has done before. .”

Hamilton is joined at Mercedes this year by new teammate George Russell, who becomes the first product of his junior program to race for the senior team full-time after spending the last three years with Williams.

“There are so many faces I’ve known over the past six or seven years now,” Russell said.

“When we started working together, we were straight into business. Obviously, relationships were always built over time, but I already knew so many people.

“Having worked with Lewis or seen Lewis working when I was a junior driver, or attending the engineering meetings, it will also feel very natural, to be a teammate with him and to sit alongside him.

“I think it’s going to be a really exciting season for all of us and for Formula 1 in general.”

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