Is this the car that Hamilton will drive to an eighth Formula 1 championship?

Meet the Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance
by Tom Harrison | Mar 3, 2021
PHOTO: Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reveals of 2021’s new Formula 1 cars continue apace with this, the Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance. This is the car that could win the team its eighth consecutive constructors’ championship, and Lewis Hamilton his eighth F1 drivers’ championship. And you know what? Barring any massive upsets, it probably will.

The new season’s F1 cars are very similar to last year’s cars since COVID-19 has postponed the big, exciting regulations change to 2022. But there have been some changes for 2021—the FIA has tweaked rules surrounding the shape of the floor, the rear brake ducts, and the diffuser fences to limit downforce. The minimum weight of the car and the powertrain has been increased, and of particular concern to Mercedes, its clever dual-axis steering system has been outlawed.

The Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance

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That said, the W11 was hugely quick—winning 13 of 17 races last season—so the W12 ought to be, too. We’ll only know for sure if other teams have caught up when the F1 circus lands in Bahrain for the first race of the season toward the end of this month. The team’s driver lineup is the same as last year—this’ll be Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’s fifth season as teammates.

Last season, Merc ran a special black livery. It largely remains for 2021, with a fade to silver and plentiful AMG-branding. Flashes of green and red are a nod to Merc’s main sponsor Petronas and one-third team owner Ineos, respectively.

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The Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance profile

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The Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance alternative angle

Lewis Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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PHOTO: Mercedes AMG Petronas
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