More 2022 F1 Car Images Reportedly Leaked Hours After Mercedes’ New Year Special Sneak-Peek

Published 01/02/2022, 4:12 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 The new 2022 F1 car is unveiled during a promotional photoshoot REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


New Year is often believed to bring new promises and thrills to the entire world. And this applies to the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, as well, thanks to the massive regulatory-induced campaign that is in the offing. Hence, Mercedes kicked off the year 2022 with a sneak peek at the bodywork of their soon-to-be-revealed F1 challenger.

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On the first day of 2022, Mercedes unveiled a picture of the W13 on social media (Instagram and Twitter). The image featured the front view of the W13 under dim lighting and very dark background, and the caption read, “New Year, New Me-rcedes.”

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The fans weren’t able to get a good look at the car, as Mercedes were keen not to reveal too much of it and save the mystery for the official car launch, scheduled in February. Well, hardly a day later, more images of the car that starred in Mercedes’ sneak-peek have surfaced on Twitter.

Only this time, the snaps were taken under much brighter lighting.

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Mercedes F1 images reportedly leaked on social media

When Mercedes revealed the picture, it almost looked as if the picture was computerized using the major revealing ahead of the 2021 British Grand Prix. But, turns out, it is indeed a snap of a real-life-sized 2022 F1 car.

British Motorsport racing driver, Bradley Philpot, revealed the images on Twitter, crediting to one of the Twitter users. He wrote, “So it wasn’t just a render based on the F1 mock up! It exists in real life!

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It is quite obvious that this is not the actual design of W13 but rather a show model for the ‘New Year’ post. But, here’s something interesting; Mercedes aren’t alone in this as most of the teams on the grid likely own one such car so they could often tease it to the fans in order to keep them on toes.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Overall, one could well look forward to more such dark-shadowed images from the teams prior to the official livery unveiling. So, will the design of the actual F1 car look pretty much like the ‘mock-up’ car that Mercedes teased a day back?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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