Mercedes has teased its new livery for the 2021 Formula 1 season before the launch of its W12 car next week.

The W12 is set to be officially presented to the world on Tuesday 2 March but Mercedes has been teasing fans with a series of sneak-peak images on its social media channels in recent days.

On Saturday, Mercedes provided the first glimpse of what appears to be its full livery for the upcoming campaign.

The photo released showed the W12 sporting a black livery that fades to silver towards the rear of the car, with Petronas’ iconic turquoise colour also running along the side of the car.

After taking a one-third equal stake in Mercedes alongside Daimler and Toto Wolff, Ineos’ branding and red colours are once again set to feature prominently on the W12.

Mercedes team principal Wolff confirmed at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that the team would be continuing to run its cars in a black livery this year in its continued stand against racism.

The W12 will is set to be revealed in full on Tuesday morning.

Mercedes is hoping its latest F1 challenger can power it to an eighth consecutive world championship double in 2021, with Lewis Hamilton gunning for his eighth drivers’ world title.