564-piece LEGO Mercedes set to be launched

Ben Johnston
A Mercedes logo outside their garage. Austin October 2021.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas logo emblazoned outside the team's garage. Austin October 2021.

Mercedes has teamed up with toy giant LEGO to give Formula 1 fans an opportunity to build their very own replica scale model of a Formula 1 car raced by both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

The LEGO collections will go on sale in the UK on Tuesday 1 March at a cost of £34.99.

The Mercedes W12 is 4cm high, 19cm long, and is 7cm wide.

The car also comes with a full set of Pirelli’s wet weather tyres, and as reported by digitalspy.com, also has interchangeable driver numbers, 44 for Hamilton and 77 for Bottas, plus interchangeable black and yellow on-board cameras. In addition, there will also be a mechanic and a driver LEGO figure in the pack.

Mercedes announced the arrival of the LEGO car on Twitter.

In addition to the F1 car model, fans will also be able to build a LEGO version of the Mercedes AMG Project One, a hypercar, featuring Formula 1 technology, which is set to go into production in 2022.

Hamilton it is believed already has one on order.

Mercedes will launch their real 2022 Formula 1 car, the W13, on Friday 18 February before its first official shakedown at the Silverstone circuit.

The German outfit will have a new driver pairing for the 2022 campaign, with George Russell set to partner seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

 

That being said, Hamilton is yet to put an end to rumours that he may not take to the 2022 grid, that following on from the controversial circumstances under which his 2021 Drivers’ Championship bid fell apart in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Having said “we’ll see about next year” when quizzed on his F1 future in a brief post-race interview, Hamilton has as a result created doubt over his future.

Valtteri Bottas meanwhile has moved on to pastures new, signing a multi-year contract to partner rookie Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo.

 

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