World Championship Celebrations at Brackley and Brixworth.
After a dramatic, suspense-filled Sunday afternoon in Sochi, the team’s factories in Brixworth and Brackley were filled with scenes of celebration today, as staff at both sites marked a landmark moment in Mercedes-Benz motorsport history. A second consecutive FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championship for the Silver Arrows sees a new chapter written in the long and successful racing heritage of the three-pointed star – 60 years after Juan Manuel Fangio clinched his second consecutive Formula One title with the marque.
With 12 wins, 29 podium finishes, 14 pole positions and 9 fastest laps from 15 races, the Mercedes-Benz PU106B Hybrid Power Unit has taken 60% of all available World Championship points thus far in 2015, leading 79% of racing laps in the process. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz F1 W06 Hybrid has taken 35% of points available, leading 77% of racing laps. To mark this historic achievement, race drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg joined the team’s senior management at Brixworth and Brackley – passing on their congratulations and words of appreciation to colleagues at both sites and joining in the celebrations.
We've done it.
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: Congratulations to the whole team. We’ve done it one more time and this championship unites everybody together – the drivers and the team in Brixworth and Brackley. From go-karting onwards, the titles that everybody talks about are the individual ones for the drivers, but this time both Nico and Lewis are winners. Yesterday, we let Nico down, but he has been such a fundamental part of the team from the beginning, he has helped make the team what it is and this is his championship as well. Lewis is riding the crest of the wave and having an incredible season.
He has built himself into this team since 2013 and helped carry us forward with his determination and hard work. We owe them both so much.
Part of the family.
Lewis Hamilton: It’s been great to see everyone at the factories, as always. When I joined the team back in 2013, coming to a new place and a new environment was really daunting and I didn’t know how it was going to play out. But I feel very much part of the family. When I heard we’d won the title yesterday I think I was yelling louder than anyone! Seeing how much effort goes into getting us to the front of the grid and having the success we’ve enjoyed together makes me so proud of each and every person involved. While we will all be getting straight back into the hard work, I hope everyone gets a chance to just take a step back for a moment and realise what we’ve achieved together.
Nico Rosberg: It’s been a tough couple of days for me – but being back at the factories and seeing all my colleagues so happy after the Championship win really puts a smile back on my face. I’ve seen this team grow since the start of the Silver Arrows project in 2010 and the level we’ve got to now, all working together, is unbelievable. There were some really tough years at the start but we are now the big team of Formula One – dominating the sport and breaking records along the way. When people think of F1 throughout history, it’s only a handful of teams like McLaren in the 80’s, Williams in the 90’s and Ferrari in the 2000’s that come to mind – and we are now making our own mark on that list.