Mercedes, Alpine unveil livery for 2021 Formula 1 season

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Mercedes has unveiled the livery Lewis Hamilton will drive this season while trying to win an unprecedented eighth Formula 1 title as the rebranded Alpine team also presented its new Formula 1 car on Tuesday.

The Mercedes W12 car, presented Tuesday, retains the black introduced last year as part of the team’s campaign against racism and discrimination, and adds a touch of its more traditional silver.

Alpine Racing revealed a new livery of blue, white and red matching the colors of the French flag instead of last year’s yellow and black.

The 36-year-old Hamilton, who signed a one-year contract extension last month, is bidding to move one title clear of Michael Schumacher. Meanwhile, Mercedes will be chasing an eighth drivers’ and constructors’ double.

Since joining Mercedes for the 2013 season, Hamilton has won six world titles – moving him level with Schumacher with a record seven for his career.

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Hamilton, who has won 74 races with Mercedes, said earning an eighth title “is the ultimate dream, but I don’t think it will be the deciding factor as to whether I stay or keep going.”

“I got into racing because I love racing and that has to be the core of what I do. If all you are going for is accolades and titles, I feel like I could lose my way,” Hamilton said. “It is whether I still have that smile when I put on that helmet and leave the garage and whether I still enjoy it.”

Hamilton will be teaming up with Valtteri Bottas for a fifth consecutive year.

The Renault Formula 1 team changed its name to Alpine at the end of last season and said the new colors are “synonymous to Alpine’s heritage and pedigree in motorsports.”

Alpine has a history in motorsports with the Renault-powered Alpine car winning the Le Mans 24 hours race in 1978.

The new A521 will be powered by a Renault engine and driven by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who is French.

A two-time world champion with Renault, the 39-year-old Alonso is making his comeback in Formula 1 after retiring at the end of the 2018 season. The 39-year-old Spaniard has won 32 races, with 97 podium finishes. He won his titles in 2005 and 2006.

“I’ve been working hard to prepare myself for racing back in Formula One and the target is to attack from the beginning,” Alonso said.

Ocon starts his second year with the team.

F1 begins this month at the Bahrain Grand Prix.