Motor racing-Mercedes launches 2022 ‘Silver Arrow’ F1 challenger
On Friday, Mercedes unveiled its 2022 Formula 1 challenger, which it hopes will allow Lewis Hamilton to reclaim the drivers’ crown while steering the team to an unprecedented ninth consecutive constructors’ championship. The F1 W13 has been designed to radical new F1 rules aimed at improving wheel-to-wheel racing and features the cleaner, swept-back aerodynamics and larger 18-inch wheels of the new era.
The car, which will be driven by Hamilton and new teammate George Russell who is leaving Williams, also has the return of Mercedes’ traditional silver livery after the team used a black color scheme in an anti-racism stance during the last two seasons. “The hopes are, above all, that we have a competitive car,” said team boss Toto Wolff.
“We don’t even know if we’re chasing another title. Hopefully the car will go fast and Lewis and George will be happy with its handling and that would be a good start.”
Mercedes dominated the last rule era which began with the introduction of turbo-hybrid power units in 2014. They have won every constructor’s title since and would have completed a full sweep of double titles had it not been for a controversial restart of the safety car. in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtake race leader Hamilton on the final lap and deny him an eighth title.
“It’s a bit surreal that as a team we’ve been able to achieve this eight times in a row,” Wolff said. “Obviously there was that shadow with the Drivers’ Championship, the Lewis Championship, the situation in Abu Dhabi, but let’s look ahead.
The safety car mess called for the work of race director Michael Masi, who changed restart rules and moved only run-in cars between Hamilton and Verstappen, with the governing FIA announcing changes to its procedure. Race Arbitration Thursday. It also sparked speculation over Hamilton’s future.
“I never said I was going to quit,” the 37-year-old said, speaking publicly for the first time since a post-race interview aired following his title loss in Abu Dhabi. “It was obviously a tough time for me and it was a time when I really needed to take a step back.
“I finally got to a point where I decided I was going to attack again in another season.”
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