Mercedes 2022 change leaks early ahead of new Lewis Hamilton and George Russell link-up | F1 | Sport

Mercedes will reportedly return to silver livery in 2022 after two years of donning a black paint job. George Russell will join the team alongside Lewis Hamilton next season after the team won an eighth consecutive Constructors’ Championship title in 2021. Introducing their 2021 challenger, the team kept their striking black livery for Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas Drive as a sign of your commitment. to enhance diversity and inclusion within Mercedes and Formula One as a whole.

However, according to BILD, amid rumors that Mercedes will return to silver for 2022, the decision has already been made that they will.

For the past two years the team has used a special black livery, which they switched to prior to the start of the much delayed 2020 season, however there were elements of the traditional racing silver visible on the car with AMG proudly featured in the motor. cover.

The move was a show of support for equality and diversity, and to tackle discrimination and racism, an issue very close to Hamilton’s heart.

Speaking at the start of the 2021 season, team chief Toto Wolff said: “The black livery we had last year became an iconic livery, and we are very proud of the message behind this livery and also its appearance.

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“This year, it’s very similar, but silver keeps creeping in, but at the end of the day it’s a silver arrow, that’s our heritage and we’re very proud to carry it.”

Mercedes has dominated F1 since the switch to turbo-hybrid engines in 2014, winning every manufacturer and driver championship since that year, until Red Bull’s Max Verstappen put an end to that this year.

Hamilton had only been defeated once by his teammate Nico Rosberg before facing Verstappen this season in a fierce battle.

Fighting for a record eighth title, Hamilton was on track to win the title-deciding season finale in Abu Dhabi before a safety car and a controversial decision by FIA race director Michael Masi returned championship victory. towards Verstappen.

The Dutchman claimed victory after a final lap lunge over Hamilton, crossing the line first to seal the deal at Yas Marina.

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Despite a slight delay in confirming that he had won due to Mercedes submitting an intention to review the controversial final, Verstappen was ecstatic with his team as he claimed his first F1 title.

“I love them very much. And I really enjoy working with them very much … I hope we can do this together for 10 to 15 years,” Verstappen told Sky Sports.

“It has been an incredible season, not only this race but also incredible battles,” he said. “Sitting here right now: it’s an incredible achievement… I think that throughout the season, we weren’t the fastest team.

“Lewis is an incredible driver, an incredible competitor. They really made it very difficult for us and I think everyone loved watching it.

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