Mercedes reveal new livery for F1 2020 as they add red to Silver
Mercedes reveal 2020 livery as they confirm INEOS as new principal partner; F1 champions to launch new car on Friday at Silverstone
By Matt Morlidge
Last Updated: 10/02/20 3:59pm
Mercedes have revealed their new look for the 2020 season, with the Silver Arrows adding a splash of red as they look to build on their F1 dominance.
The sport's six-time world champions unveiled the livery - on last year's car - at the announcement of new partners INEOS, whose logo is highlighted in red on the airbox and front wing.
Apart from those additions, the new design sticks to the silver, green and black theme which the team have used since their title streak started at the beginning of the hybrid era.
The new look kickstarts an exciting launch week for F1 teams and fans, and Mercedes will parade it when they launch their 2020 car with a track day at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas drive the W11 for the first time.
Pre-season testing begins next week, on February 19, while the 2020 campaign starts on March 15 in Australia.
INEOS already has a wide sporting portfolio with sponsorship in sailing and cycling, among other sports, and have agreed a five-year deal with Mercedes.
"It is a very proud moment for us to welcome INEOS to Mercedes in their new capacity as principal partner," said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff at the event at the Royal Automobile Club in London.
"The company's ambition, dynamism and entrepreneurial flair are a perfect fit for the spirit of Mercedes-AMG Petronas.
"Both companies share a restless desire to improve every day and a strong commitment to achieving the very best results. Our partnership will be defined by tackling great challenges together - on the race track, on water and on the stages of the Grand Tours - and we will be aiming to raise the bar in each of them."
Wolff also insisted that the new deal showed Mercedes were interested in staying in F1 for the "long term".
The team don't currently have a contract for 2021, but are in negotiations with F1's owners Liberty Media.
Mercedes ready to resume Hamilton talks
Mercedes say they will resume contract talks with Lewis Hamilton once the 2020 F1 season starts.
Hamilton is now in the last year of his deal with the team he has won five of his six titles with, and has yet to make a decision on his future.
"I think it is the obvious pairing going forward," said Wolff. "We would like to have the fastest man in the car and I know that Lewis wants to have the fastest car."
Numerous reports regarding Hamilton emerged over the winter - some about his contract demands shot down by the six-time champion himself - and Wolff confirmed that team and driver had not spoken since Christmas.
"We travel around the world almost 10 months of the year and get on each other's nerves every other weekend and what we do over the winter is leave each other in peace," he explained.
"The last conversation I had with him was in the evening before the Christmas party, where we had a nice chat and said we would continue our discussion on his future once he is back from America and we start the season."
All Testing, all Live, on Sky Sports F1
Formula 1's new 2020 cars will be put through their paces for the first time in Barcelona later this month - and Sky Sports F1 will be there too with live coverage of all six days of winter testing.
Building on the successful collaboration between Sky Sports and Formula 1 in 2019, live coverage will be expanded to cover both weeks of testing for the first time and will feature all eight hours of track running each day at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The day's action will be followed by the essential review show - The Story So Far - featuring interviews, guests, and analysis from the Sky F1 team as we build up to what promises to be a thrilling F1 2020.
Test One takes place from Wednesday February 19-Friday February 21, with Test Two following on a week later on February 26-28.
The sessions run from 8am to 12pm and then 1pm to 5pm UK time. The Story So Far will air for an hour from 5pm.
F1 launches and testing
|February 11||Ferrari*||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|February 12||Red Bull||Online|
|February 12||Renault||Paris, France|
|February 13||McLaren*||MTC, Woking|
|February 14||Mercedes||Silverstone, UK|
|February 14||Alpha Tauri||Salzburg, Austria|
|February 17||Racing Point||Mondsee, Austria|
|February 19||Alfa Romeo||Barcelona, Spain|
|*streams live on Sky Sports F1|
|February 19-21||Test One||Barcelona, Spain|
|February 26-28||Test Two||Barcelona, Spain|