Mercedes launch W12 car for 2021 F1 season which Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas will vie for world title

Mercedes have revealed a first look at the W12 car which Lewis Hamilton will bid to win a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 world championship with this year.

Releasing the first digital images online of their 2021 car ahead of a live event featuring Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas from Silverstone, live on Sky Sports F1 and digital platforms at 11am, the car retains the black livery introduced last year as part of Mercedes’ commitment to improving diversity and tackling global racism.

Hamilton starts his ninth season at the team he has rewritten the sport’s record books at but his medium-term F1 future remains uncertain after he only signed a one-year deal for 2021 last month.

The seven-time champion, who turned 36 in January, will speak publicly for the first time since the contract announcement later on Tuesday.

Introducing the W12 🖤🥰 Get your first look at our 2021 F1 car! #WeLivePerformance pic.twitter.com/RiZEBTyarb

Bottas, alongside Hamilton for a fifth consecutive year, is also on a one-year term and will be hoping to finally mount a consistent challenge to his team-mate in a season Mercedes again start as favourites for both championships.

The Brackley team are currently on an unprecedented sequence of seven successive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles, stretching back to the start of the hybrid-turbo engine era in 2014.

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