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Unforgettable victories and also defeats.

The 125-year commitment of Mercedes-Benz to motorsport is not just about spectacular vehicles, superb engines, unforgettable victories and also defeats.

More importantly, it is about the drivers – the people who celebrated these victories as well as dealt with losses.  

Never has Mercedes-Benz brought more driver generations together than at Silverstone.

Group picture with a unique leading actor. The Mercedes-Benz W 196 not only made a name for itself at the Mille Miglia.

Group picture with a unique leading actor. The Mercedes-Benz W 196 not only made a name for itself at the Mille Miglia.

Lewis Hamilton in W 196 R with Stromlinienkarosserie, a Formula One racing car of the 1954/1955 seasons

Lewis Hamilton in the W 196 R with Stromlinienkarosserie, a Formula One racing car of the 1954/1955 seasons.

Half a century of racing history.

Take Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and 91-year-old Hans Herrmann, for example. Two men, two racing drivers, and between them, far more than half a century of racing history. For both drivers, all of this is more closely connected than ever with the Mercedes-Benz brand. Hans Herrmann, who celebrated his greatest successes with Swabian automobile manufacturers Porsche and Mercedes-Benz on circuits and road races, and Brit Lewis Hamilton, who has been making his mark in Formula 1 for more than a decade – each in a silver car bearing the famous star. 

A glimpse into the future of automotive racing.

It was not only Hans Herrmann, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton that told anecdotes and stories from their time piloting various racing cars at the “125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport” event.

Former drivers Karl Wendlinger, Ellen Lohr, Bernd Schneider and Klaus Ludwig also met up with successful team bosses Toto Wolff and Norbert Haug, while Stoffel Vandoorne, Maro Engel and Adam Christodoulou provided a glimpse into the future of automotive racing. 

Former Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne switched to the HWA cockpit of the Formula E.

Former Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne switched to the HWA cockpit of the Formula E.

Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

Stoffel Vandoorne himself has already made the switch. After three years in the premiere class of motorsport, the young Belgian joined the HWA Racelab Formula E team at the end of last year and has been racing in an electric-powered one-seater ever since. “Driving in Formula E is something entirely different. It is only the standard tyres and a unique chassis that make it difficult to compare to conventional racing series, but the actual driving experience itself is also totally different,” explains Vandoorne. “Formula 1 is about getting the best out of the car on the respective track. In Formula E, however, the concept of energy management plays a key role. When driving, you have to ask yourself when do I slow down and how can I get the most out of my driving so I can still attack at the end of the race?”

Record-breaking DTM champion Bernd Schneider.

“I couldn’t deal with the type of stuff that’s in Formula E,” comments record-breaking DTM champion Bernd Schneider as he looks back on his career as a racing driver. “I always wanted to drive as fast as possible, push myself and the car to the limit and beat everybody else. I’m glad I was a racing driver in the DTM at a different time.”

Multiple DTM champion Bernd Schneider is still employed by Mercedes-AMG and works to realise the perfect suspension tuning setup.

Multiple DTM champion Bernd Schneider is still employed by Mercedes-AMG and works to realise the perfect suspension tuning setup.

Hans Herrmann was one of the best-known German racing drivers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hans Herrmann was one of the best-known German racing drivers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Driver Hans Herrmann.

91-year old Hans Herrmann sees things similarly. “Racing is different now. Back in the day, we drove many races – such as the Mille Miglia – in normal traffic! Safety hardly played a role as we didn’t even fasten our seat belts, and over the years, many of my colleagues had fatal accidents. You weren’t supposed to be afraid, though. Otherwise, you wouldn’t even have been allowed to start,” recalls the former Mercedes-Benz works driver, who is still aggravated today about the 1955 Mille Miglia, which he would have had a great chance at winning. “During a refuelling stop on the section from Rome to Brescia, however, the fuel filler flap was not properly attached to the nozzle. After a few kilometres of driving, the petrol gushed out all over me and my co-driver Hermann Eger. At first, it was a pleasantly cool sensation, but then we unfortunately had to quit.”

Five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

“It is absolutely incredible what these drivers risked back then and what dangers they faced in races like the Mille Miglia or Carrera Panamericana, which were often held driving at top speed in normal road traffic,” comments five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who is also impressed by his former colleagues. 

Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton also made a detour to appear at the Silverstone circuit.

Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton also made a detour to appear at the Silverstone circuit.

Klaus Ludwig and his legendary Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 V Evolution II he used to win the 1992 DTM.

Klaus Ludwig and his legendary Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 V Evolution II he used to win the 1992 DTM.

DTM driver Klaus Ludwig.

Klaus Ludwig likewise fondly remembers the good old days in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly when it comes to the German Touring Car Championship races. “At the time, the DTM was the most spectacular touring car series in the world that saw the best drivers compete with the best brands,” affirms Ludwig who helped bring the brand championships to Stuttgart for Mercedes-Benz in 1992 and 1994. His racing car – a 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II – also became a legend thanks to series winner Klaus Ludwig before successor Bernd Schneider took the reins as the fastest Daimler racer. 

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Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 11.06.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.