No news on Hamilton but Mercedes sets date for F1 car launch

Mercedes will unveil its 2021 Formula One car in a digital launch on March 2, the reigning world champion announced.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's contract with Mercedes expired at the end of December.   -  AP

Mercedes will unveil its 2021 Formula One car in a digital launch on March 2, the reigning world champion announced on Tuesday.

Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expired at the end of December, is yet to be confirmed by the team but the 36-year-old Briton has been busy training as usual in the United States.

It would be a major shock if the sport's biggest star did not line up again with Finland's Valtteri Bottas at the team who have won the past seven drivers' and constructors' championships.

The 2021 car, similar to last year's but with some aerodynamic upgrades, will be designated officially as the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance.

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The team said E Performance was a new label to be used on all forthcoming Mercedes-AMG hybrid cars.

McLaren and Alfa Romeo are the only other teams to announce launch dates so far, with online presentations - reflecting safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic - on Feb. 15 and 22 respectively.

The season starts in Bahrain on March 28, with teams testing at the Sakhir circuit from March 12-14.