Mercedes has given fans a glimpse of what its 2022 car, the W13, could look like in a New Year’s Day social media post, which shows the silhouette of what appears to be their new car.
F1 has introduced revolutionary new rules for 2022 which sees the technical regulations completely overhauled in an attempt to improve the on-track action.
The new cars will produce most of their downforce from the floor, cutting the amount of turbulent air that comes off the back of the car, which makes it difficult for those following to remain close through the corners.
Up to now, we have only seen renders and a full-scale model of the new car, and whilst the image posted by Mercedes is likely just another render as it appears very similar to the F1-produced model, it does provide a further glimpse into how the new cars will look.
The image appears to show a black – or possibly silver liveried car given the photo has been heavily darkened – with the sponsor decals blurred out. Only the Mercedes logos remain visible.
The caption that accompanies the post says: “New year. New Me-rcedes.”
Mercedes recently confirmed it had fired its 2022 car up prior to the Christmas break, whilst Haas confirmed its car had passed the mandatory crash tests. Teams will likely begin unveiling their cars in mid-February, with pre-season testing in Barcelona scheduled for the last week in February.
Update: A further post shows leaked images of the full-scale model, proving it exists rather than being a render. However it is still likely just a show model, rather than an actual leak of their 2022 challenger.