Professional triathlete Daniela Ryf is a new V-Class brand ambassador. Mercedes-Benz Vans expands its 2017 triathlon commitment.

Mercedes-Benz Vans expands its 2017 triathlon commitment.

Professional triathlete Daniela Ryf is a new V-Class brand ambassador.

Reinforcement for the “PowerLadies”.

In 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans expands its now three years of commitment to the triathlon, and places its trust in woman-power – with the professional triathlete and reigning IRONMAN Hawaii champion Daniela Ryf as a new V-Class brand ambassador. “We conceived our commitment to the triathlon for sustainability from the start, and are continuously expanding it. We first supported female triathletes in 2016. This was well received. Accordingly, I am pleased that with Daniela Ryf we have gained a successful reinforcement for our ‘PowerLadies’,” says Sonja Schneemann, Head of Marketing Communications and Operations Mercedes-Benz Vans.

With the professional triathlete and reigning IRONMAN Hawaii champion Daniela Ryf as a new V-Class brand ambassador, Mercedes-Benz places its trust in woman-power.
Swiss-born Daniela Ryf has been a professional triathlete since 2007. At the legendary IRONMAN in Hawaii she won first place twice in succession in 2015 and 2016.

New V-Class brand ambassador.

Swiss-born Daniela Ryf has been a professional triathlete since 2007. At the legendary IRONMAN in Hawaii she won first place twice in succession in 2015 and 2016. “I am pleased about the partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans,” says Daniela Ryf. “The V-Class is the perfect companion for me. It offers sufficient space for my equipment – from my bicycle to my sets of sports clothing. At the same time it allows me to make a stylish appearance at contests and other events.”

As Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz Vans, the 29-year-old will be on the road in a V-Class from now on. Apart from Daniela Ryf, three more professional triathletes will join the “PowerLadies” this year: Anja Beranek (Germany), Kaisa Lehtonen (Finland) and Åsa Lundström (Sweden). The partnership with Sebastian Kienle and the Team Sport For Good also continues throughout the upcoming season.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is supporting the triathlon for the fourth season running in 2017.

Commitment for the IRONMAN European Tour.

In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Vans expands its sponsorship agreement for the races of the IRONMAN European Tour, of which the following are new in the coming season: IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg, IRONMAN Maastricht, IRONMAN Hamburg and IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna. V-Class vehicles will be available at the contests to provide support and shuttle services. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans will have a local presence with a show stand at selected races. Here spectators can find out about equipment, care and service aspects, and exchange views with the athletes and experts.

Commitment for the IRONMAN European Tour.

In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Vans expands its sponsorship agreement for the races of the IRONMAN European Tour, of which the following are new in the coming season: IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg, IRONMAN Maastricht, IRONMAN Hamburg and IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna. V-Class vehicles will be available at the contests to provide support and shuttle services. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans will have a local presence with a show stand at selected races. Here spectators can find out about equipment, care and service aspects, and exchange views with the athletes and experts.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is supporting the triathlon for the fourth season running in 2017.

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Chief Operating Officer of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Rob’s automotive career started at just 16 years old, when he left school to start an apprenticeship with Jaguar Cars. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Coventry University and at 22 was already working for Dutch oil and gas giant Shell as a Drilling Engineer.

After five years spent working on oil rigs for Shell, Rob returned to dry land and joined Rover-BMW as a Project Manager. In 1998, he made the move to TRW Aeronautical Systems Group as Operations and Project Manager before, four years later, being appointed Vice President Lean Enterprise – GKN Aerospace Services, focusing on operational improvement.

Rob’s motorsport career kicked off in 2005 when he joined Mercedes-Ilmor. Working with Ola Källenius and Andy Cowell, Rob played a key operational role as the organisation successfully morphed into Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines (Now Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains), including powering Lewis Hamilton to the 2008 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship title.

Recognised for his role at Ilmor, Rob was head-hunted in May 2010 to join the fledgling Silver Arrows team as Chief Operating Officer. Crucial in pulling the team together operationally as it rapidly expanded in the early Mercedes years, Rob’s work was eventually richly rewarded, as the team claimed a historic hat-trick of titles, winning the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.

Chief Operating Officer

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 3 October 1968
Place of Birth: Coventry, England

Career History

2010 Chief Operating Officer, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2005 Operations and Quality Director, Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines
2002 Vice President, Lean Enterprise – GKN Aerospace Services
1998 Operations & Project Manager – TRW Aeronautical Systems Group

Performance Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mark studied Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University before joining Ricardo Consulting Engineers as a graduate Engine Development Engineer.

Mark’s motorsport career began in 1988, achieving success with numerous teams across various disciplines, in roles ranging from leading the development of Super Touring cars to WRC 4WD transmissions

Mark eventually moved in to Formula One in 2,000 with British American Racing as Head of Mechanical Design. A stint at Jaguar Racing followed in the role of Chief Race Engineer for the 2001 season, before returning to BAR in 2002 as Chief Test Engineer.

Mark moved on to Red Bull Racing in 2008 as Chief Engineer, Vehicle Performance, making a significant contribution to four consecutive double World Championships from 2010-2013.

Returning to Brackley in 2014, now under the Mercedes banner, Mark added three further back-to-back double World Championships to his already impressive tally, as the team claimed a historic hat-trick of titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Performance Director

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 22 June 1964
Place of Birth: Langley, Berkshire

Career History

June 2014 Performance Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2008 Chief Engineer Vehicle Performance, Red Bull Racing
2006 Chief Engineer, Vehicle Performance, Honda Racing F1 Team
2005 Chief Test Engineer BAR Honda
2002 Chief Test Engineer, BAR
2001 Chief Race Engineer, Jaguar Racing
2000 Head of Mechanical Design, British American Racing
1999 Chief Designer, Prodrive
1997 Chief Engineer, Williams Touring Car Engineering
1995 Race Engineer, Williams Touring Car Engineering
1991 Race Engineer, Prodrive

Technology Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Having studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, Geoff followed this with several years of aerodynamic research at engineering consultancy BMT, whilst completing a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Exeter.

In 1987, he made his first step into the world of competition engineering by joining the design group of Peter de Savary's British America's Cup Challenge. Here, he spent the next three years working on keel and hull design, in addition to testing and developing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools.

Geoff made his motorsport debut in 1990, joining the Leyton House team as a consultant and becoming one of the first to introduce CFD tools into the aerodynamic design process. The Williams F1 Team would beckon next, where Geoff would grow his reputation within the aerodynamics arena as the team tasted constructors’ championship success in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.

Taking over as Chief Aerodynamicist from Adrian Newey in 1996, Geoff led development of the FW19 as the team took another World Constructors’ Championship title in 1997. He would remained with Williams for a further four years, winning races from the start of a partnership with BMW in 2000, before making the switch to BAR in 2002.

As Technical Director, Geoff played an integral part in the BAR team’s rise up the F1 order, culminating in a second place finish in the 2004 World Constructors’ Championship standings. In 2007, Geoff would move to Red Bull Racing, helping the team move from mid-pack to challenging for regular race wins before stepping down as Technical Director in 2009.

Following a brief spell at the all-new Hispania Racing Team, Geoff returned to Brackley, now operating under the Mercedes name, at the end of 2011, adding three more Constructors’ titles to his tally as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport claimed an historic hat-trick of crowns in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Technology Director

Nationality: British
Date of birth: 23 December 1959
Place of birth: Southampton, UK

Career History

2011 Technology Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2010 Technical Director (Consultant), Hispania Racing
2007 Technical Director, Red Bull Racing
2006 Technical Director, Honda Racing F1 Team
2005 Technical Director, BAR Honda
2002 Technical Director, BAR
1996 Chief Aerodynamicist, BMW Williams F1
1990 Aerodynamicist, Williams Grand Prix Engineering
1990 CFD Consultant, Leyton House Grand Prix Team
1987 Hydrodynamicist, Blue Arrow America’s Cup Team
1982 Scientific Officer, British Maritime Technology

Engineering Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Aldo Costa is a winner of 11 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship titles and a veteran of 28 years in the sport.

Born in Parma, Italy, Aldo studied mechanical engineering at Bologna University. He joined Abarth in 1987 as a stress engineer, before getting his big motorsport break the next year, being recruited to the Minardi F1 Team.

After a single year at Minardi, Aldo was promoted to Chief Designer at just 27 years old. He went on to oversee the team’s most successful period in Formula One, when the team scored six points and finished seventh overall in the championship in 1991.

Aldo realised a dream in 1996, joining Scuderia Ferrari as Head of Design Office. As part of the Ferrari ‘dream team’ of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Aldo celebrated six Constructors’ title wins on the bounce between 1999 and 2004.

Promoted to Technical Director, Aldo added two further titles to his list of honours in 2007 and 2008, before eventually departing for pastures new in 2011 after 15 years with the prancing horse.

That new challenge would come at Brackley, where he joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2012 as Engineering Director. Since then, Aldo has played a central role in the success of the team, claiming a further trio of double title success in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In total, cars designed under Aldo’s stewardship have won over 150 Grands Prix and counting…
Engineering Director

Engineering Director

Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: 5 June 1961
Place of birth: Parma, Italy

Career History

2012 Engineering Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2007 Technical Director, Scuderia Ferrari
2006 Chief Designer, Scuderia Ferrari
2004 Head of Design & Development, Scuderia Ferrari
1996 Head of Design Office, Scuderia Ferrari
1991 Technical Director, Minardi F1 Team
1989 Chief Designer, Minardi F1 Team
1988 Stress Engineer, Minardi F1 Team
1987 Stress Engineer, Abarth