Mercedes Mulling Minor Livery Change to 2021 F1 Car

Published 03/18/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Mercedes could make a design change for the upcoming championship. The team needs to make the number on the car more visible. The team will make changes to where the number is displayed on the front and back panel of the car.

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This problem was evident while pre-season testing was going on in Bahrain earlier this month, fans found it was hard to decipher who was behind the wheel. Was it Lewis’s 44 or Valtteri’s 77?

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mercedes looking into changing its numbers for 2021

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On Instagram, the official team social media had replied to address the concern about the visibility of the numbers while driving around the track.

Mercedes looking into changing the number font on the front and side of the car to make them more visible from formula1

The Silver Arrows might change the numbers on the front and the numbers on the back, so that car is easily recognizable once the season goes underway. The opening race is just weeks away, whatever changes the Silver Arrows are thinking of making needs to be done quickly.

The Silver Arrows had a tough time while testing

Going into pre-season testing in Bahrain, everyone thought that Mercedes would dominate the track once again. However, it was quite the opposite. The team struggled around the track. The Brackley-based outfit had gear issues while their drivers, Hamilton and Bottas spun around the track while getting in laps.

On the other hand, Bottas says he had faith in the team and knows they perform again once the season starts. He also stated the team may have been sandbagging to give their rivals hope.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

In an interview with Sky Sports as quoted by Planet F1, the Finn said, “Well, you know, we are sandbagging, always in testing, so that’s it.I absolutely believe the car and the team, it has the potential [to win the title]. I don’t think it’s yet there as a package in terms of performance, but I’ve no doubt we will work hard to find it somehow.”

Mercedes is hoping to win their eighth title in 2021 but if these problems continue, they might have a difficult time winning the constructor’s championship in the upcoming season.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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