Mercedes car numbers, Spa-Francorchamps, 2022

First pictures from the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix weekend

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Pictures from the build-up to the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, where Mercedes are using retro car numbers.

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9 comments on “First pictures from the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix weekend”

  1. Love the “Old Styley” numbers on the mercs. So clear.

    1. @biskitboy lol, I was thinking they look ugly. I’m trying to understand the reason for them.
      I think maybe it’s the position of them or the fact that back in the days the cars were far more plain, so the number style looked right, where here it kinda looks out of place / messy.
      Each to their own tho 👍

      1. @eurobrun, yeah take your point. They are out of place, although I guess that’s what makes them easy to see. With some of the cars, the number has become so much part of the colour scheme and its hard to see. I don’t know where to look for the number half the time.

        The teams use other means to determine which car is which anyway. I wonder have the numbers become redundant?

        1. @biskitboy fair. I like the throwback idea, now that I know why it’s there. Just maybe could have been less clutter around it.
          I agree that modern numbers aren’t so easy to see anymore, although ironically they seem more related to branding now, so you would think people would want them to be clear, as it’s essentially all marketing.

      2. The same kind of print was used 55 years ago on the first AMG Mercedes race car. LoL that’s so funny, they race only for 55 years lol. LoL, oh LoL. It’s so much fun to have IQ lesser than my shoe number LoL…, and LoL of course…

        1. I don’t really understand, but sorry I hurt you.
          No one previously mentioned the 55 year anniversary thing. I learnt that on twitter. Still think that the thing that looked great on old cars looks ugly on current cars. 🤷

  2. Seeing those demo run pictures, now I know why engine noise was almost drowning out the Sky F1 presenters this afternoon

  3. I hope Lando doesn’t get clobbered with a gruff penalty for that drivetrain failure.

    1. Grid, not gruff. Stupid phone.

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