Mercedes Unveil Their Striking Black & Silver W12 Challenger for 2021 F1 Season

Published 03/02/2021, 6:03 AM EST


It’s finally here, the moment that we all have been waiting for. Today is the launch date for Mercedes to remove the cover from their F1 car for the 2021 season. However, in peak Merc fashion, they jumped up us all by revealing it on their Twitter handle just half an hour before the official launch.

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It is a beautiful livery, to say the least. While they shunned their silver design to go all-black last season, they are re-incorporating part of their iconic color scheme. From the nose to the mid-section, it is a shiny black gradient. But close to the engine cover, it has shades of silver.

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

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 2, 2021

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Can Mercedes hold off the challenge from Red Bull?

The 2021 technical changes, or the lack of it thereof, play nicely into the hands of their closest rivals, Red Bull. They will carry over most of their 2020 car into this season. On the other hand, Red Bull will expectedly make changes to their car, which was difficult to drive last season.

In the power unit department, Mercedes may have peaked too, whereas Honda will pour their heart and soul into giving their customers the best possible power train to compete not just in 2021 but till 2025.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon passes his team at the end of the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Their new recruit Sergio Perez is also another positive for them. He comes with a profound knowledge of their engines while also possessing a respectable race craft. Moreover, he is positive about butting heads with the Silver Arrows.

“I think the goal is to win. There’s obviously a process to this. We have to get on top and hopefully the car is good enough for that, but we have to wait and see.

Mercedes have had a good advantage over the team in the last few years, so hopefully this season we’re able to close the gap and give them a hard time.”

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

However, we must also give their due to Mercedes. They are not easy to topple and surprise us each season by adding more dimensions to them. Furthermore, Red Bull haven’t been able to walk the talk these past few seasons.

So, let’s wait and watch what happens. With less than a month to go, we will find out who has their noses ahead come lights out in Bahrain.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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