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The premier class of motorsport.

Formula 1 is known as the premier class of motorsport. And Mercedes-Benz is one of the most successful brands in this top racing series. Today’s successes enjoy an excellent tradition. One could even say that the will to compete is in the genes of the brand as Daimler engines lay the foundation for success at the world’s first automotive race held from Paris to Rouen in 1894. Other important triumphs soon follow. Even after the turn of the century, predecessor brands Benz and Mercedes and – as of 1926 – the Mercedes-Benz brand continue to dominate the international racing scene.

Grand Prix of France at Dieppe on 7 July 1908: the later winning car – the Mercedes 140 PS – with driver Christian Lautenschlager and his mechanic Meckle.

Grand Prix of France at Dieppe on 7 July 1908: the later winning car – the Mercedes 140 PS – with driver Christian Lautenschlager and his mechanic Meckle.

The beginning of the first Silver Arrow era: Manfred von Brauchitsch wins the international “Eifelrennen” race in a Mercedes-Benz formula racing car (W 25) weighing just 750 kg at the Nürburgring on 3 June 1934.

The beginning of the first Silver Arrow era: Manfred von Brauchitsch wins the international “Eifelrennen” race in a Mercedes-Benz formula racing car (W 25) weighing just 750 kg at the Nürburgring on 3 June 1934. 

A brilliant epoch.

The years spanning from 1934 to 1939 are a brilliant epoch in European motorsport while also representing an outstanding era in the motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz as the Silver Arrows from Stuttgart keep on winning prominent European races. At this time, Mercedes-Benz wins three European Championship titles, which are comparable to today’s Formula 1 World Championship titles. Numerous other racing victories and sensational records are also racked up.

Two second places.

Formula 1 as defined by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is first held as an official sporting event in 1950 and continues the tradition of the European Grand Prix Championship. Mercedes-Benz is still busy trying to revitalize its business after the Second World War but follows the events very closely. The brand is looking to regain success in international motorsport as quickly as possible and tests the competitiveness of the pre-war W 154 at two races in Argentina in 1951. Securing two second places, it does quite well, although the fast, yet heavy vehicle is no longer capable of winning in the current racing environment.

Legendary Mercedes-Benz W 154: in the picture is the later winner, Hermann Lang, at the Grand Prix of Pau on 8 April 1939. Manfred von Brauchitsch also takes second place in the W 154.

Legendary Mercedes-Benz W 154: in the picture is the later winner, Hermann Lang, at the Grand Prix of Pau on 8 April 1939. Manfred von Brauchitsch also takes second place in the W 154.

Outstanding vehicle of the year in 1952: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing sports car (W 194), shown here at the third Carrera Panamericana Mexico in 1952.

Outstanding vehicle of the year in 1952: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing sports car (W 194), shown here at the third Carrera Panamericana Mexico in 1952. 

A pragmatic but very successful path.

The Stuttgart-based firm chooses a pragmatic but very successful path toward launching a new beginning as the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194) is developed for the 1952 season based on the new Mercedes-Benz 300 luxury passenger car (W 186). It becomes the dominant vehicle of the season – the only one it ever participates in. In 1953, Mercedes-Benz is already focusing entirely on entering Formula 1 as of 1954, when the new regulations stipulating a maximum displacement of 2.5 litres go into force.

The winning streak continues.

The new W 196 R racing car is created for the debut in Formula 1. And it meets all expectations. In the car’s very first race – the French Grand Prix on 4 July 1954 in Rheims – Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling take a one-two finish.

The winning streak continues, and at the end of this premiere season, Fangio is Formula 1 World Champion.

With the more advanced Grand Prix car and the 300 SLR racer (W 196 S) based on it, the racing division embarks on a “double hunt” in 1955. After all, Mercedes-Benz is looking to repeat its title win in Grand Prix sport as well as score points in the World Sportscar Championship. And the work pays off as Fangio once again becomes Formula 1 World Champion, while Stirling Moss finishes as runner-up. The brand also wins the World Sportscar Championship as well as the European Rally Championship.

The DTM drivers of the 1992 season (f. l.): J. Laffite, J. van Ommen, B. Schneider, K. Ludwig, K. Thiim, R. Asch, E. Lohr and K. Rosberg in the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201).

The DTM drivers of the 1992 season (f. l.): J. Laffite, J. van Ommen, B. Schneider, K. Ludwig, K. Thiim, R. Asch, E. Lohr and K. Rosberg in the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201).

The height of its racing success.

At the height of its racing success, Mercedes-Benz withdraws from motorsport at the end of 1955 in order to focus on expanding its range of production cars. Following numerous endurance race and rally wins, the brand does not return to the racetrack until the 1980s, when it hits the tarmac with racing and touring cars. The successes achieved in the World Sportscar Championship, German Touring Car Championship and German Touring Car Masters (DTM) from 1988 to 2018 are nothing short of outstanding.

Being runners-up ten times.

In 1994, Mercedes-Benz returns to Formula 1 with its Sauber-Mercedes (1994) and McLaren-Mercedes (1995 and later) teams. During this time, Mika Häkkinen wins two (1998 and 1999) and Lewis Hamilton one world championship title (2008).

The West-McLaren-Mercedes team also becomes the 1998 Constructors’ Champion. This is supplemented by being runners-up ten times.

Mika Häkkinen – here at the Italian Grand Prix on 13 September 1998 – wins his first world championship title in 1998 piloting the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13.

Mika Häkkinen – here at the Italian Grand Prix on 13 September 1998 – wins his first world championship title in 1998 piloting the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13.

Grand Prix of China on 15 April 2012: Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W03.

Grand Prix of China on 15 April 2012: Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W03.

A new era comes into view.

A new era comes into view in 2010, when Mercedes-Benz returns to Formula 1 with its own works team and signs on top driver Michael Schumacher, who is replaced by Lewis Hamilton after his retirement in the 2013 season, as well as Nico Rosberg. In 2008, Hamilton becomes the youngest world champion in Formula 1’s history at just 23 years of age. From 2007 to 2012, he stands centre stage on the podium of a Grand Prix race no fewer than 21 times. Nico Rosberg celebrates his first GP victory with a Silver Arrow at the race in Shanghai in 2012 while also claiming the first victory for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. As the 2013 season draws to a close, the works team comes second place in the Constructors’ Championship.

Another golden age for the Silver Arrows.

The 2014 season marks the beginning of another golden age for the Silver Arrows as the team goes on to win five World Championship one-two victories in a row: from 2014 to 2018, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is the Formula 1 Constructors’ World Champion. The driver’s titles are won a total of four times by Lewis Hamilton (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018) and once by Nico Rosberg (2016). This is added to by three runner-up finishes in the Drivers’ Championship won by Nico Rosberg (2014 and 2015) and Lewis Hamilton (2016), and a third-place finish won by Valtteri Bottas (2017).

With this brilliant record, Mercedes-Benz has become one of the most successful brands in Formula 1. Active involvement in the Formula E racing programme for battery-powered racing cars – which is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019 – also follows on from this. A new era begins, but one thing does not change: motorsport remains an essential component of the DNA behind the Mercedes-Benz brand.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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.