Reigning Formula 1 champions Mercedes’ 2021 car has broken cover ahead of its title defence in this year’s world championship .

The Brackley-based outfit goes into this season looking to sweep a eighth successive title double, having rewrote the record books in 2020 by winning both world titles for a seventh year running.

Mercedes has opted to retain an all-black livery that it ran throughout the previous campaign in a move to show its support in the fight against racism.

The most obvious change sees the addition of AMG badges on the engine cover, which marks the partnership becoming more aligned in 2021.

Mercedes is braced to face a sterner challenge to keep hold of its crown this year, with regulation changes to the floor and bargeboard areas aimed at cutting back downforce.

The German manufacturer will be without its clever DAS system it developed last season on the W12 after the FIA outlawed the device for 2021.

Over the shortened 2020 17-race schedule, Mercedes racked up 13 wins and claimed 15 pole positions in another dominant year for the Silver Arrows.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas remain onboard, with the pair partnering each other for a fifth consecutive year.

Hamilton goes into this year eyeing a record-breaking eighth drivers’ championship, having taken 11 victories on his way to matching Michael Schumacher’s benchmark in 2020.

The Briton was only confirmed to be racing in 2021 last month after finally singing a new one-year deal, entering his 15th season since making his F1 debut in 2007.