- The Mercedes F-1 team unveiled its 2021 challenger, the W12, on Tuesday.
- Mercedes is a -500 betting favorite to win an 8th consecutive Constructors’ title.
- Lewis Hamilton is also the -300 betting favorite to win a record setting 8th world championship.
The cat is finally out of the bag as the Mercedes F-1 team revealed the car that Lewis Hamilton will use in his quest to win a record-breaking 8th Formula One World title this coming season.
At a launch event that was streamed live from its new race bays at its factory in Brackley, Mercedes gave the first glimpse of its 2021 challenger on Tuesday:
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 2, 2021
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 2, 2021
Mercedes tweaked their car’s livery, keeping last year’s predominantly black color scheme as a symbol of their stand against racism while also featuring the traditional colors of Mercedes at the rear. Meanwhile, the star pattern on the engine cover that was present in the previous three cars has been replaced by the AMG logos, underlining the strong tie that Mercedes hopes to establish between its performance road car and F-1 racing team.
The W12 is largely based on last year’s W11 to comply with cost-saving policies, but the aerodynamic surfaces have been changed to meet new F-1 regulation which aim to cut downforce. Aside from the aerodynamics, the new car as improvements in areas such as suspension, cooling system, and Power Unit.
Mercedes has opted not to reveal which areas of the car they spent their tokens on, with technical director James Allison saying those will “become clear in good time”. According to Allison, once the racing gets underway, pretty much everything under the skin of the car must then be frozen for the entire year.
8th World Title
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 8, 2021
Lewis Hamilton has broken most of Michael Schumacher’s records and he is at the doorstep of owning the most important one in the sport. Hamilton owns the outright record in most race wins (95), pole positions (98), and podium finishes (165), among others and shares the record with Schumacher with 7 world championships. The success of the W12 will determine whether Hamilton can separate himself from the legendary Schumacher with a record-breaking 8th Formula One world title.
The 36-year old from Stevenage, England has won the last four F-1 Drivers’ Championships and six out of the last seven. Overall, his seven world titles equal the record which Schumacher held since his retirement. He won 11 out of the 17 races during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on his was to his seventh world title.
The best F1 betting sites have Hamilton as a heavy favorite to win the Driver’s title with Mercedes also the odds on favorite to win an 8th straight Constructors’ title. According to SportsBetting.ag, Hamilton is the -300 betting favorite to win the 2021 F-1 title with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a far second at +500. Meanwhile, Mercedes is a massive -500 favorite to win the team title this year.