The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is all set for the battle with its 2021 car, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance. It has got some key improvements over its predecessor, including aerodynamics, suspension, cooling system and the powerplant as well. The black base livery remains for a second season, to support diversity and inclusion.
Aero improvements include a triangular cut-out on the edge of the floor, in front of the rear wheels; reducing the span of the rear brake duct winglets by a few centimetres; reducing the height of the two inboard strakes close to the centreline in the diffuser, and sealing up the slots in the floor around the bargeboards.
The W12 will complete its first laps on the opening day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, on Friday 12 March. The car is powered by a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine that revs up to 15,000 rpm (limited). There are two electric motors as well: MGU-K and MGU-H, with the former rated at 120 kW (163 metric hp). Transmission is an 8-speed sequential. The car weighs 752 kg (1,658 lbs). Download the spec sheet here.