Hamilton reveals new helmet colours ahead of Mercedes F1 launch

  • Hamilton reveals new helmet colours ahead of Mercedes F1 launch

Hamilton reveals new helmet colours ahead of Mercedes F1 launch

While Mercedes has only made minor tweaks to its car's livery for 2020, Lewis Hamilton has gone radical with the design of his helmet ahead of the new season.

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher's all-time record of seven F1 world titles this season.

The six-time world champion's comments came in an online message to fans before the debut of his new Mercedes later this week.

'It's been an incredible winter, I've had a lot of time with family and friends, I would say one of the best times has been with my dad, ' he said.

In his own personal Twitter post last week, Hamilton posted a picture of himself bare-chested and said: "Last year I arrived into testing with a lot of water weight and around 78kg. That is a real positive".

'I know you guys are all gunning for number seven but I think we've got to take it one step at a time, we have no idea where we're going to stand compared to everybody else so we've just got to be more efficient this year in our test programme, particularly as we have less time.

Exclusive Mercedes look on track: F1 champions explain 'bold' W11

Mercedes will reveal the first images of its new auto on Friday when it takes to the track at Silverstone for a 100km shakedown ahead of pre-season testing next week.

Meanwhile Max Verstappen, who could be one of Hamilton's closest challengers, had a run in the Red Bull auto for the upcoming season during a filming day at Silverstone on Wednesday. We still have a lot of work to do'.

Either way we won't have to wait long to see this fancy lid on the track with pre-season testing set to get underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday, February 19.

Hamilton, whose current contract expires at the end of the season, is in negotiations with Mercedes over a bumper deal which could be worth up to a staggering STG 60 million ($A115 million)-a-year.

Ferrari distanced themselves from a move for Hamilton on Tuesday, by claiming their priority is to keep Vettel alongside Leclerc in 2021.