Mercedes explains decision to return to silver F1 livery for 2022

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff has explained the decision to return to the team's traditional silver livery for 2022 after two seasons racing with black cars.

Mercedes explains decision to return to silver F1 livery for 2022

Mercedes has traditionally raced in silver throughout its racing history, leading to the 'Silver Arrows' nickname. But the team swapped to a black design ahead of the delayed 2020 season in a strong anti-racism message amid activism around the world.

The team has worked closely with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to improve diversity and inclusion through its Accelerate 25 programme, as well as launching a charity with Hamilton called Ignite to bring more under-represented groups into STEM subjects and industries.

Mercedes launched its new car for the 2022 season, the W13, on Friday, which returns to a silver-based livery while retaining some black elements on the design.

Mercedes F1 chief Wolff explained the decision at the launch, saying the team's official colours moving forward would be silver and black.

"The black livery was a clear intent and a clear demonstration of our mission to become a more diverse and inclusive team," Wolff said.

"It has become part of our DNA, but the silver colour of the Silver Arrows is as much our DNA, it's our history. As a team we have grown from the Silver Arrows to slowly becoming a more diverse and inclusive team and therefore our colours going forward will be silver and black.

"Increasing the diversity of our team isn't about meeting a quota, it's about recruiting the very best people regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

"Our work inspiring people who might otherwise think a career in engineering, technology or motorsport isn't for them will widen the talent pool we have available. A diverse workforce drives performance."

Read Also:

Mercedes revealed earlier this month that it was making "promising progress" with its Accelerate 25 programme, exceeding its target of 25% of new recruits coming from under-represented groups in its first year by hitting 38%. The number of female employees has risen from 12% to 14%, while those from ethnic minorities has increased from 3% to 6%.

The Mercedes W13 will enjoy its first on-track run at Silverstone on Friday during a shakedown before heading to Barcelona for pre-season testing next week.

shares
comments

Related video

Mercedes unveils new W13 F1 car ahead of Silverstone shakedown
Previous article

Mercedes unveils new W13 F1 car ahead of Silverstone shakedown

Next article

Friday favourite: The F1 champion who became a "perfect team-mate"

Friday favourite: The F1 champion who became a "perfect team-mate"
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles.

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023