Victory for the silver arrows – just another day at the races.
If Hans Liska or Walter Gotschke had been in Shanghai on 15 April 2012, it’s almost certain they would have immediately picked up their pencils to chronicle Nico Rosberg’s triumph at the Chinese Grand Prix – the first victory for a factory Silver Arrow since 1955. Back in their day, before the departure of Mercedes-Benz from Formula racing, victory was a common occurrence for the Silver Arrows. Illustrators such as Liska and Gotschke committed these moments of success to paper and documented them for future generations in their racing posters.
Drawings were used primarily due to the fact that the posters had to be published as quickly as possible after the race. The graphical art for the poster was already completed before the start of the race; the winner’s name was then simply added.
Mercedes-Benz was often able to proclaim multiple winning finishes. But only once was a second-place finish announced with a poster. In 1952, after his racing comeback, an exception was made for Karl Kling.