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Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Full Team Name

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Base

Brackley, United Kingdom

Team Chief

Toto Wolff

Technical Chief

James Allison

Chassis

W10

Power Unit

Mercedes

First Team Entry

1970

World Championships

6

Highest Race Finish

1 (x93)

Pole Positions

103

Fastest Laps

66

Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Mercedes knows all about being the best in racing sports. There are very few people who have found a place in the top ranks persistently. Michael Schumacher is one of those few people. Now, Lewis Hamilton could be taking Schumacher’s place as the one with the highest number of championship wins. The ones who are going to help him do that are none other than the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The team has delivered all sorts of racers throughout its rich history. In addition to creating engines for their own drivers, they have also created engines for other participating teams such as Racing Point and Williams. Currently, they are based in the United Kingdom and use a German license. In total, as an engine supplier, Mercedes has won 180 times and is considered 2nd in the history of Formula 1.

Mercedes, the Constructor

Because they have so much, people are beginning to regard them as somewhat implicit winners. In recent years, the Mercedes team has broken a number of records that were once considered impossible to break. Their most successful years have been marked as the years from 2014 to 2019. First of all, they got 11 one-two finishes in 2014. Then they moved on from this number to 12 in order to extend their lead in the record from the next best record. And to top it all off, the managed to get 16 victories in both years, 2014 and 2015. As a result of that, they broke the record held by Mclaren and Ferrari of 15. Finally, acknowledging their own league of record holders, they beat themselves to get 19 wins in 2016.

You could tell yourself there is always going to be a better manufacturer to replicate or achieve more than Mercedes. However, the next generation of manufacturers is bound to face real problems when it comes to having a cohesive team of engineers and dependable, risk-taking drivers to achieve the results they have achieved so far. The thing is they are not stopping right now. They have a new car that they are currently manufacturing ready to launch for the new season.

 

Lewis Hamilton has been the cornerstone of all the achievements made real by the Mercedes-AMG team. He also teams up with a competitive driver in Valtteri Bottas who is always getting better and pushing Hamilton to do the same. Both of them pushing each other means the manufacturers have to adjust accordingly. Mercedes itself claims it to be more about teamwork and less about the pace and other performance measures you normally expect a winning a team to have in greater digits. The manufacturer we see today was not made successful overnight. They have a massive history to back their chemistry and consequently, their wins.

In order to get a good idea about what the Silver Arrow represents, we are going to look at some of their manufactured cars that made history.

1954 – 1955

The years meant a lot of engineering changes from the 1930s. The car that was manufactured back then was the Mercedes Benz W 196 R.

Mercedes-Benz W 196 R

The car was manufactured for the race in 1954. It had a top speed of around 300 km/h. The car was manufactured in two versions: monoposto car and streamliner. Moreover, the engine was an eight-cylinder in-line four-stroke petrol engine. Having such a powerful engine in those days helped the car get nine victories in the twelve Grand Prix races it took part in. No one can forget the famous world champion’s titles won by Fangio in 1954 and 1955. These years marked as the initiation of the successful years to come.

2010 – 2020

Fast forward to the 2010 season when Mercedes made its return to Formula One. The team was renamed to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. After a few years of making things right, the Mercedes Constructor we know today became a sort of an invincible in the F1 Standings table. In 2013, Mercedes finished at 2nd place. A year later, they scored 701 points to take away the Constructor championship. Mercedes would continue to do that every year following the year of 2014. That is what made them invincible.

Apart from being the best Formula 1 constructor, Mercedes is known for manufacturing engines for other competitors as well. That in itself is a great accomplishment not many in the business of sports happen to like.

MGP W01

It is the car that was driven by record holder, Michael Schumacher, and Nico Rosberg in 2010. Also, the car had a great engine manufactured by the best engineers. Some of the nerdy stats we should know about: Bridgestone Potenza tires, Brembo calipers brakes, carbon brake discs, power-assisted rack, and pinion steering and FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system. Finishing at fourth place by the end of the season, it was their first campaign in a long time which proved to be quite promising and laid foundations for the success that was yet to come.

F1 W04

This ride was brought to the world as the official Formula 1 car of 2013 season by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. Because the technical regulations did not change much, the team was able to improve a lot of the issues relating to aerodynamics in 2013. By adding a ‘vanity panel’ to the design, the car dramatically improved. This was the first year of Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg continued his work with today’s best constructor in F1.

F1 W05 HYBRID

F1 W05 HYBRID is the name of a revolution in F1 racing. Mercedes really outdid itself after creating this piece of beauty. The team won the World Constructors Championship while also delivering the best car for Lewis Hamilton to win the World Drivers Championship in 2014. This year had a lot of emotion attached to it first of all because it won both the honors available to win in F1. Then it also introduced to the world a new concept of a racing car. All in all, it was the beginning of a new era for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes who would keep winning more championships in the years to come.

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