Mercedes have added a touch of red to their 2020 Formula 1® car, as part of a new five-year partnership with global manufacturer INEOS.
The team’s famous silver, green and black colours are still prominent, with the INEOS logo in red on the airbox and front wing.
The new livery was unveiled on Mercedes’ 2019 Formula 1® car in London, ahead of the 2020 car launch on Friday at Silverstone
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INEOS describe themselves as a “global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products” and have a professional cycling team, Team INEOS. Egan Bernal won the 2019 Tour de France for the team.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the length of the INEOS contract meant his team were “in this [Formula 1®] for the long term”.
The Brackley-based team have won the last six Constructors’ Championships, while they have also won the last six world titles, Lewis Hamilton claiming five of them.
Wolff said that contract discussions with Hamilton would resume once they have "properly kicked off" the 2020 Formula 1® season.
Hamilton is entering the final year of his deal with the Silver Arrows and Ferrari have been linked with a move for the Brit, who can equal Scuderia legend Michael Schumacher's record tally of seven world titles with victory in 2020.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, however, is hopeful Hamilton's extremely profitable spell with the constructor can be extended.
"It is the obvious pairing going forward," Wolff said.
"We would like to have the fastest man in the fastest car and I know Lewis wants to be in the fastest car.
"We travel around the world almost 10 months every year and get on each other's nerves every second weekend.
“And what we do over the winter is we leave each other in peace.
"The last conversation I had with him was the evening before the Christmas party where we had a nice chat and [agreed] we would continue our discussion once he comes back from America and we have properly kicked off the season.
"I have great belief in the ability of the team to attract the best drivers and at the moment he has proven he is the best current driver with his six titles.
"In the medium to long term I would hope that we would be able to continue to provide the technology to the best drivers and attract them."