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Mercedes reveals launch date

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18/01/2022

As has become tradition, Mercedes will unveil its latest F1 contender at Silverstone, this year's reveal taking place on Friday 18 February.

"Our 2022 contender will be named Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance, continuing the 'E Performance' technology label used on product names and badging for all new Mercedes-AMG hybrid cars," said the German team is a brief release.

However, while we might know the designation of the team's 2022 contender we do not yet have confirmation of the driver line-up, with Lewis Hamilton yet to reveal whether he will race this season.

It has been widely reported that the Briton, who has maintained a strict radio silence since Abu Dhabi, is basing his decision on whether he will race on the outcome of the FIA's investigation into the season finale, though the sport's governing body has announced that its findings will not be made public until the eve of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

What we do know is that the Brackley-based outfit, which scored an eighth successive constructors' title last year has George Russell on board, the Briton keen to pick up where he left off in Bahrain 2020.

Following the unveiling of the W13, the car will be put through its paces courtesy of a shakedown on the Northamptonshire track.

Mercedes is the fourth team to reveal its launch date. Of those that have announced their launches, Aston Martin reveals all on Thursday 10 February and McLaren the day after. Ferrari takes the wraps off on Thursday 17 February, followed by Mercedes the next day.

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1. Posted by kenji, 20/01/2022 0:07

"@ Defiant...Your take is far softer than mine. As a dyed in the wool sceptic I am of the opinion that this entire episode is a carefully crafted exercise played out with the tacit approval of the British media. Hamilton got beaten...so how do we [ Mercedes/Hamilton ] handle our loss and create maximum interference for all concerned? Mercedes won't walk for the very obvious reasons dictated by investment magnitude and the same, but on a lesser scale applies to Hamilton. Couple that with massive hubris played out on a global stage and it all seems too improbable. I'm going to stick with the status quo and say that nothing will change....apart from Russell joining the menagerie! If Russell can, or he is allowed to, beat Hamilton and he does so in '22 then Hamilton will bow out under the guise of handing over the baton to the nexgen. How thoughtful..."

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2. Posted by Defiant, 19/01/2022 5:03

"@kenji. I agree. The PR machine really really needs to focus on actual news and information and drop the hyped up propaganda.
I also doubt very much that LH will walk away. I think no matter his thoughts on the FIA and the past, he recognises that Max was a worthy opponent and wants to beat him, I think that is motivation enough for someone like Lewis, to come back and fight.
Everything else is just waffle to keep F1 in the news during the off season.

I think his silence is so he can just go do his own thing without getting drawn in by the machine."

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3. Posted by kenji, 18/01/2022 11:10

"Surely this speculation has to come to an end. Hamilton has a contract for '22 and as he hasn't publically stated that he intends to break his contract. That indicates that he will race and until further notice that must stand as the only relevant fact."

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