Lewis Hamilton is hoping a change of livery brings a change of luck when he gets back in his Mercedes for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
The Silver Arrows have returned to their classic eponymous livery this year, having raced with a black design since the resumption of racing in 2020.
Indeed, the return of F1 shortly after the global pandemic came at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement dominated headlines. Hamilton, the only black superstar on the grid, helped lead the conversation within the sport on becoming more diverse. Mercedes decided to implement the black design as part of their anti-racism campaign.
Some elements of the design will stay for 2022, albeit in more subtle terms. The new season’s car has black trim and the bright jade-green of title sponsor Petronas, as well as stars decorating the engine cover.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explained: “As a team we have grown from the Silver Arrows to slowly becoming a more diverse and inclusive team and therefore our colors going forward will be silver and black.”
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The cars this season have some technical tweaks from last time around, including an evolution of the cutting-edge turbo-hybrid engines, which will have more standardized parts and will run on E10 biofuel.
They will also have some new safety provisions, including 18-inch Pirelli tires intended to reduce the amount of overheating, and a new design that will separate the chassis from the power unit in the event of a crash without exposing the fuel tank, reducing the risk of a fire like the one suffered by Romain Grosjean in 2020.
Some of the teams have revealed details of the actual car they will be running, and others have just used the standard F1 show car and unveiled their liveries.
Sporting News has rounded them all up below.
- Drivers: Lewis Hamilton, George Russell
The return of the Silver Arrows. 🤍 Meet the Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/NsuEBvbkbK
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) February 18, 2022
The new Mercedes is back to its shiny silver self with its new black and jade accents, which Wolff says will be the team colors going forward.
- Drivers: Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez
— Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 9, 2022
Red Bull’s new livery retains their usual colors and logos, although they now feature more space for title sponsor Oracle.
- Drivers: Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 17, 2022
The F1-75 has a very narrow nose tip, and unique side pods higher at the outside edge than towards the center. Of course, the livery remains the famous classic Ferrari red.
- Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 11, 2022
The distinctive McLaren papaya orange is combined with a new blue in the 2022 livery.
- Drivers: Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon
The new Alpine car is set to launch on February 21.
- Drivers: Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 14, 2022
The AT03 was launched with a digital rendering, and shows a blue and white livery.
- Drivers: Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 10, 2022
The AMR22 keeps its classic green livery, but adds some lime detailing, and features long, wide upper bodywork.
- Drivers: Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon
Albono is back! 😍
First runs in the FW44 complete! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UkymzYUJBO
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) February 16, 2022
The FW44 features a diamond pattern with flashes of red and blue.
- Drivers: Guanyu Zhou, Valtteri Bottas
The new Alfa Romeo car is set to launch on Feb. 27.
- Drivers: Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher
Launching the new era of Formula 1 cars 🙌
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) February 4, 2022
The Haas VF-22 is the first car to come from the team’s office in Maranello, Italy, led by technical director Simone Resta.