Mercedes have revealed a first look at the W12 car which Lewis Hamilton will bid to win a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 world championship with this year.

The car retains the black livery introduced last year as part of Mercedes’ commitment to improving diversity, inclusion and tackling global racism.

Mercedes say the car features “considerable aerodynamic changes”, partly in response to new regulations at the rear of the car, in addition to improvements including its suspension and engine.

“Every year we reset our focus and define the right objectives,” said team boss Toto Wolff, who has overseen a record seven championship doubles in a row since the start of 2014.

“That may sound simple but it’s damn hard and is probably why there are no sports teams out there with seven consecutive titles. So many things can happen and it’s very natural to get used to success, and therefore not fight as hard for it.

“But this team has not shown any of that. I see the same fire, hunger and passion now as I did the first time I walked through the doors in 2013.

“Every season presents a new challenge and therefore, a new goal for us to achieve. 2021 brings changes to the regulations, which could impact our competitiveness, plus the cost cap and working on the major rule changes of 2022.

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