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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won his Seventh Driver’s Championship in 2020. This saw him equal the record of most F1 world titles held by Michael Schumacher. This fact has been shown in his design for the 2021 season. He also provided a peak into Mercedes’ potential livery for the 2021 car.

The 2020 season was supposed to take place in March but the Coronavirus pandemic interrupted those plans.

This saw the season start in July and only 17 races were held, in a calendar that was limited to Europe and Asia.

Hamilton won 10 out of the 17 races and as a result, romped to his seventh World Championship. He also missed a race in between in Bahrain as he had contracted the Coronavirus.

Lewis Hamilton unveils his striking new helmet

The Brit’s helmet design was put by Mercedes on its Twitter account. The design as demonstrated in the picture makes for an interesting sight.

This is a variation of the helmet design he had used in 2020 while cantering to the title.

It was also a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who had died in that period. The purple on the helmet is a tribute to Boseman’s most iconic role as ‘Black Panther’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The 2021 design has seven stars along the side to denote his number of World Titles. The black part of the helmet which has the sponsor Monster Energy Drinks will be different from the 2020 one.

The black in the 2020 design was a glossy black to reflect the livery of the car he was driving. The 2021 design saw a matte black finish which is a major hint at the livery the 2021 Mercedes will sport.

Mercedes have also given a hint to that regard. They posted an image that confirmed the matte black livery.

2021 to provide further affirmation of 44’s greatness?

Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of history as he enters the 2021 season. Should he win the 2021 title, he will outright hold the record for most Driver’s Titles.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

He had been embroiled in a saga with Mercedes after his contract ended in 2020. The Briton and Mercedes finally agreed to the contract extension in early February. This will see them through to the end of 2021.

His future beyond 2021 has been rife for speculation with many people fearing that this could be his final season in F1.


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McConnell knocks Pelosi Jan. 6 commission proposal: Partisan by design

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Patriot Party already exists — it's the Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday knocked House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Curator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line MORE’s (D-Calif.) proposal for a Jan. 6 commission, saying it is setting the panel up to be partisan.

McConnell poured cold water on key aspects of the draft bill including its design and its mandate, underscoring the challenges Democrats face in their bid to recreate a broad, 9/11-style commission to probe last month's attack against the Capitol.

“The Speaker of the Houses proposes even more investigation through a new commission. She cites the precedent of the 9/11 Commission. But her draft bill fails to track with that precedent in key ways,” McConnell said during a speech from the Senate floor.

McConnell pointed to two areas from Pelosi's initial recommendations on the design of the commission: How seats are allocated and how subpoenas are issued. The 9/11 Commission was evenly split among Republicans and Democrats.

“This time, Speaker Pelosi started by proposing a commission that would be partisan by design. 7 appointments for Democrats, just 4 for Republicans,” McConnell said.

The GOP leader referenced remarks from Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, the top Republican and Democrat on the 9/11 commission, who have indicated that they think the January 6 panel needs to be evenly divided.

Hamilton told Politico Playbook that unequal distribution sounds "like a partisan beginning," while Keane added that without both parties getting the same number of seats "the report won't have as much confidence from the American people."

McConnell also took issue with how subpoenas could be issued under the draft bill because it would allow the chair—appointed by President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE—issue subpoenas. A Democratic aide said that under the draft bill a majority of the commissioners or the chair could issue subpoenas.

Beyond the set up of the committee, McConnell also appeared opposed to the scope proposed by Pelosi. In a "Dear Colleague" letter, Pelosi said the commission would "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex."

The commission, according to Pelosi's letter, would also dig into issues "relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region." 

McConnell floated that he could support a commission that looks narrowly at security at the Capitol or digs more broadly into political violence across the country, in an apparent reference to protests and riots last summer in the wake of George Floyd's death. Such a move that would be all but guaranteed to spark fierce pushback from Democrats.

“If Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across this country… then in that case, we cannot have artificial cherry-picking of which terrible behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny," McConnell said. 

“We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentially do something broader to analyze the full scope of the political violence problem in this country," he added. 

McConnell's pushback on Pelosi's proposal comes as two Senate commitees—the Rules Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee—are currently probing the January 6 attack. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is also looking more broadly at domestic terrorism. 

—Cristina Marcos contributed

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