First look: Mercedes F1 team unveils new liveries for German Grand Prix

The No. 44 of Lewis Hamilton and No. 77 of Valtteri Bottas will have new looks for this weekend’s race at Hockenheim.

The Silver Arrows will be wearing white this weekend at the F1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The livery makeover for the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas is part Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s celebration of 125 years of motorsport, as the first motor race is believed to have been a roughly 85-mile dash from Paris to Rouen in France in July 1894.

In addition to the celebration of 125 years of racing, the German Grand Prix will mark the 200th start for Mercedes in Formula 1.

According to Mercedes, this year’s Hockenheim livery is a nod to the design of classic Mercedes-Benz racing cars. The front wing and the nose of the car are painted white, the color Mercedes raced in the beginning of the 20th century. In the early 1900s, French cars were typically painted blue, Italian cars red, British cars green and German cars white. 

The livery gives a peeled-paint look the encompasses some of the history of Mercedes racing.

The white nose and front wing also feature historic logos from Mercedes-Benz, Petronas, Tommy Hilfiger and Pirelli as well as Niki Lauda’s signature to pay tribute to the racing legend, chairman and friend of the team who died two months ago. 
In the barge board area at the front of the chassis the white paint seems to be scraped off, exposing the silver livery below. This effect echoes the legendary origins of the Silver Arrows. In 1934, the Mercedes-Benz W 25 competed in the 750 kg formula; however, legend has it that it was slightly too heavy before the race, so the team scraped away the white paint to save weight, exposing the metallic bodywork underneath it. 
Toward the rear of the car, the paint scrape effect fades away, showing the original paint job of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG F1 W10, which includes the Mercedes-Benz brand pattern that the team has run all season.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will sport a different look this weekend.

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