The ‘Silver Arrows’, as they are commonly known, announced they would be running a special all-black livery to raise awareness and emphasise their anti-racism message. It is now understood that this livery will also extend into next season to promote Black Lives Matter and the need for diversity in the sport.
Speaking to motorprofis.at, Toto Wolff confirmed that Mercedes will be running their incredible black livery for 2021 but will go back to silver when the new regulations come into place the following year.
“Yes, we will also be driving in black in 2021,” he said. “The black looks great.”
“In 2022 there will be many new rules, but we want to remember our heritage again with the Silver Arrows. The issue of anti-racism remains very important to us.”
When Mercedes revealed their new livery and race suits to the world, just a week before the start of the revised F1 calendar, all of us were in love.
Not only did it look amazing, but the message behind it showed the team were taking the situation seriously.
“For 2020, we have chosen to race in an all-black base livery as a public pledge to improve the diversity of our team – and a clear statement that we stand against racism and all forms of discrimination,” the team said in a statement in June. ” The call to ‘End Racism’ will feature on the halo of both cars, and the united F1 initiative #WeRaceAsOne will be featured on the mirrors of the W11.
“The Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination. As a team, we have listened to the perspectives of our team members, to learn and to reflect on our team as it is today and how we want it to be in the future.”
We are certainly happy to see this livery will be returning to the grid next year, and it clearly has had no affect on performance as Mercedes clinched their seventh consecutive constructors’ title at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
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