The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10s of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are carrying special liveries this weekend for the German Grand Prix to celebrate Mercedes’ racing heritage and the birth of motorsport.
The striking retro look will be shining bright all weekend as Mercedes celebrates 125 years of racing history along with its 200th start in Formula One™.
“The special Hockenheim livery is an homage to the design of classic Mercedes-Benz racing cars,” the team said. “The front wing and the nose of the car are painted white – similar in design to Mercedes race cars in the beginning of the 20th century. Back then, the color of the car would symbolize the origin of the team – French cars were typically painted blue, Italian cars red and British cars green. The international racing color for German cars was white.
“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 passed away 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.
“Towards 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.”