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Mercedes reveals launch date

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02/02/2021

The car with which Mercedes aims to claim its eighth successive brace of titles is to be launched on 2 March.

The team's 2021 contender will be named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance, the designation 'E Performance' being the new technology label used in product names and badging on all forthcoming Mercedes-AMG hybrid cars, with the W12 being its first Formula One car to feature 'E Performance' in its name.

As has (sadly) become the norm, the launch will be online, though the German team has yet to confirm whether the car will subsequently take to the track for 'filming' purposes.

The German team has totally dominated the sport since the introduction of the hybrid formula in 2014, winning 103 (74.6%) of the 138 Grands Prix held during that time.

While the team has now confirmed its launch date, there remains the little matter of agreeing a new contract with driver, Lewis Hamilton.

It's understood that the team is to retain the black livery it used last season.

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1. Posted by Stitch431, 05/02/2021 17:06

"@kenji Thanks, and I did not think you gave me the negative in my first post below.
Regarding your answer then. I do think you are right to believe Toto is someone to play it safe, but in my opinion, bringing on a heroic fight would create a myth for all involved (regardless of the outcome). I'm not saying it will happen, but it would sure be good. For comparison, we just have to look at the fight between Senna and Prost back in the eighties, which is still in everybody's memory (at least of the ones who have seen it). Now compare this to this year's championship of Lewis. Which of the both do you believe is more likely to be referred to as mythical 10 years from now?"

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2. Posted by kenji, 05/02/2021 14:34

"@ Stitch...I gave you a green positive uptick. Wolff will never allow another driver to challenge for the No.1 spot in that team and the No.1 in that team will never take on anyone who could challenge and win. To do so would destroy the myth for ever and a day. It won't happen but if it should then i'll be the first to admit that i was wrong."

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3. Posted by Stitch431, 05/02/2021 12:06

"If true or not does not really matter. Let's go and see some facts:
1. George Russel (definitely a good driver with a great future, but still at the start of his career), showed just how good the car is.
2. As a result you can assume with fair certainty that just about anyone of the top 10 drivers could have become world champion in this car.
Therefore, to show he is really the best, Lewis just should get Max in the team as he is regarded as best of the rest, if not better (according to some people on the grid).
Otherwise, it will always be a stain on his resumé: "was he really the best?"
That is my point here. And it is not only my point of view, but you can read this all over the world on F1 news sites, newspapers, etc. IF! there is any truth in the fact that he wants a veto on his teammate, in my opinion, that is not the best thing for him to do. Like Senna, his idol said to Prost, Lewis should say: "Hey Max, come on over here and let us see who is really the best". I'm just not sure if he has the balls to do that (again my personal opinion and if that causes a negative rating like in my post below, then I am honored and will accept it with pride).
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4. Posted by Max Drives Like Grandma, 05/02/2021 3:15

"Although I personally don't believe this so-called 'news story' that Lewis Hamilton had asked Toto for a 'Veto Clause' on his future team mates in his new Mercedes contract, however, people shouldn't forget that the 'great' 'legend' Michael Schumacher DID IN FACT have such a 'Veto Clause' and even more restrictions on his team mates in his contracts!
So, I think people should be more objective than they are when the compared Lewis Hamilton to other great F1 drivers, such as cheating and other unfair practices!
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5. Posted by Max Drives Like Grandma, 05/02/2021 2:56

"It really surprises me how many people simply believe these so-called news media without question!
How many times have they been wrong and quite often they just made up stories to simply 'sell newspapers' or they have more sinister agendas?

As far as I'm concerned, I hope Toto and Lewis Hamilton would just sign this new multi year Mercedes contract and get on the business of racing, and end all these quite silly speculation!

I also hope that the new Mercedes W12 car retain it's beautiful black livery which I think is an absolute work of art!

Personally I think it's great that F1's will continue it's #ENDRACISM stand, just like in football, because there's obviously a long long way to go to stop racism everywhere, and also to promote diversity!
It's great to hear that Black Lives Matter has been nominated for the Noble Peace Award, contrary to some people trying to link this peaceful movement to violence, because this is totally false and should be condemned! "

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6. Posted by kenji, 04/02/2021 12:37

"@ Stitch431.....Of course he will be part of it. There was never any doubt in my mind that LH wouldn't sign. Mercedes also wouldn't have let the opportunity slip either. Both of those observations are a no brainer. I do support your contention of 'protected driver' status as well. I think that that has been demonstrated on many occasions. The fact remains that we will be subjected, once more, to the same old same old and that's why this latest info is all just 'wind in the willows''. Does anyone really care any longer where Mercedes actually are? The less i hear about them the happier i am. Lots of movement across the board with other teams to give us something to really approach with anticipation of real competition."

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7. Posted by Stitch431, 04/02/2021 10:08

"It will have to be seen if Lewis will be part of it. According to an article I read on a German site he asks for at least two more years and a veto-right regarding his teammate (on top of the money/BLM issues).
If this is true, the way I see it, he is not sure of himself being the best.
To counter this, the best thing Lewis can do is to ask Toto to contract Max.
Only if he beats Max in the same car, he can be seen as the best of all time. If he really wants to block him from being contracted alongside him (or even Russel, who would be the easier target still at this moment), in my opinion, he is not the undisputed best driver and frightened as a chicken on top of that!"

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8. Posted by Alisissa, 02/02/2021 13:53 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 02/02/2021 13:56)

"This comment was removed by an administrator as it was judged to have broken the site's posting rules and etiquette."

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9. Posted by kenji, 02/02/2021 13:08

"Regarding the colour of the Merc. does that indicate we are going to be subjected to more of the 'cringeworthy' ceremony that took place last season before each race? Surely it's time to move on...."

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