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Mercedes launch 2022 F1 car as Hamilton returns

Mercedes have launched their 2022 Formula 1 car, the W13, with which the reigning Constructors' Champions will aim to continue their title-winning streak.

Mercedes have taken the covers off one of the most eagerly awaited 2022 Formula 1 cars, with the W13 unveiled to the world on Friday morning. With the team having won eight Constructors' Championships in a row, including 2021, the 2022 car is the first machine designed by the Brackley-based squad to conform to F1's revolutionary new regulations. The W13 was revealed during an online launch event, held at the Silverstone Circuit, with team boss Toto Wolff joined by the two race drivers. New signing George Russell sat alongside illustrious teammate Lewis Hamilton, with the seven-time World Champion making his first public appearance since the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As expected, the W13 has reverted to a silver livery after two years of running with a deep black paint scheme. The 2022 paint scheme is now much more similar to what the team ran between 2010 and 2019.

Mercedes to hold shakedown on Friday afternoon

Following the launch, Mercedes will use up one of their two permitted annual filming days to conduct a systems check and shakedown of the W13 at Silverstone. As per filming day rules, the car will be fitted with specific Pirelli tyres for the occasion, with Russell and Hamilton then able to carry out a maximum of 100 kilometres of driving in total. Following the shakedown, the W13 will next hit the track during the first pre-season test in Barcelona. The test is scheduled to begin on 23 February at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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