With the conviction of being able to win, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher laid the foundation for AMG back in 1967. Their boundless passion for motorsport paved the way for legendary achievements and has had its mark on the spirit of our brand to the present day.
The pinnacle of motorsport
After over five decades without a proper works involvement, Mercedes-Benz made its Formula 1 comeback in 2010. In the 2012 season, AMG became involved in the programme and the team is currently competing as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as a result.
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were the first drivers to race for the team in its new formation. The third round of the 2012 season saw the breakthrough: Nico Rosberg’s commanding win in the China Grand Prix marked the first victory for a works Mercedes since 1955.
Following Michael Schumacher’s retirement, Lewis Hamilton joined the team in 2013 and clinched the world championship crown in the following year. Team-mate Nico Rosberg became runner-up. With three races to spare, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport had already sealed the FIA Formula 1 constructors’ world championship title.
The 2015 season saw the team do even better: with twelve 1-2 finishes from 19 races, the team topped its own record from the previous year. Once again, Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ world championship while the team successfully defended the constructors’ title.
Yet another improvement was achieved in 2016: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport racked up 765 points and scored a total of 19 race wins and 20 pole positions from 21 rounds, Formula 1 records that resulted into another constructors’ title. Nico Rosberg became the world champion and became the third Silver Arrow champion in Formula 1 history after Fangio and Hamilton.
The 2017 season came along with some changes. For the first time, the team entered a car carrying the EQ Power+ designation, putting the Formula 1 car in line with future Mercedes-AMG hybrid performance cars.
There was a change in the driver line-up, too: following Nico Rosberg’s retirement, Valtteri Bottas became the new driver alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2017. Moreover, there were massive changes in the regulations. In spite of all the changes, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport remained successful as it became the first team in Formula 1 history to defend the world championship titles in spite of a major rule change. With third place in the final standings for Bottas and the repeated title win by Hamilton, the Mission #4TheTeam, the fourth consecutive win of both Formula 1 world championship titles, was accomplished.
In 2018, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas raced with the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The Silver Arrows went on to secure 25 podium finishes including eleven wins, and after 21 races, they won the Formula 1 drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the fifth year in a row.
For the 2019 season, wide-ranging modifications in the technical regulations were implemented, particularly resulting into changes in the aerodynamic concepts of the vehicles. The newly-constructed Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ emerged as the strongest car. The team started the year with five consecutive 1-2 results and also managed to convince in the remainder of the season: the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team won 15 of the year’s 21 races, nine of them as a 1-2, claimed the additional championship point for the fastest race lap that was new for this year on eight occasions and concluded the season with a total of 739 points. The team again secured the constructors’ world championship title as a result while Lewis Hamilton was crowned as the drivers’ world champion for the sixth time. Valtteri Bottas became runner-up in the drivers’ standings. With its strong performance in the 2019 season, the team made Formula 1 history: the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team became the first team in the sport’s 70-year history to have achieved six consecutive double title wins.
In 2020, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team is celebrating its ten-year anniversary as a Mercedes works team. Regulations remained largely unchanged for this year. With the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are aiming at the seventh double title win in a row. The successful car from the previous season has been developed further and particularly optimised in the area of the aerodynamics.
Moreover, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach has been playing another leading role in the pinnacle of motorsport for over two decades already: since 1996, Mercedes-AMG has been supplying the official Safety Cars in Formula 1 whilst also providing additional safety with its Medical Cars.
Gentlemen, start your engines
Since 2010, customer racing has also been significantly contributing to Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s on-track achievements all over the world. Under the banner of ‘Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing’, we share our passion for motorsport with our Customer Racing Teams all over the world and we support them with technology and know-how.
The era started off with the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 that already made a statement upon its launch at the initiation of the customer sports involvement. The car with its legendary gullwing doors had been entirely developed in-house and brought the already high circuit abilities of the production model to an even higher level. In 2011, its first full debut season, the competition gullwing sparked excitement all over the world as it became the best newcomer in motorsport. The ‘Grand Slam’ in 2013 with victories in the major endurance races at Dubai, Bathurst, the Nürburgring and Spa remains unparalleled to the present day.
For Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 2016 marked the start of a new chapter. Insights from the races with the SLS AMG GT3 were taken into account in the development process of the car. These served as the basis for the concept of the new competition vehicle. The drivability of the Mercedes-AMG GT3, combined with its high levels of agility, efficiency and safety, enabled the teams to enter new performance areas. The historic lock-out of the first four positions in the Nürburgring 24-hour race in the debut season marked the biggest single-race success in history of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing to date.
In 2017, the success story continued with championship titles in major international GT3 series and an impressive victory in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. Moreover, the programme expanded in the USA: in its debut season in the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 immediately had a clean sweep of all the three championship titles for drivers, teams and manufacturers in the demanding Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (currently: Michelin Endurance Cup).
Since 2018, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 has been expanding the Customer Racing portfolio from Affalterbach. In its debut season, the new race car, alongside with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the still competitive SLS AMG GT3, contributed to make 2018 the most successful season since the beginning of the Customer Racing programme. The most prestigious successes of 2018 included the overall win in the Blancpain GT Series as well as the drivers’ titles in both categories of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
In the year 2019, the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams seamlessly continued to build on the achievements from the previous season. In the process, numerous title wins in renowned race series like the Blancpain GT Series, the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring and not least the victory in the FIA GT World Cup at Macau again underlined the ambition of the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach to play a leading role in the GT segment. Furthermore, the title in the Michelin Endurance Cup of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was secured for the third consecutive time. In total, the 93 customer teams from 24 countries racked up 247 class wins, 625 podium finishes and over 40 championship titles worldwide with their Mercedes-AMG GT3s and GT4s.
Next to the sporting highlights, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also plotted the course for the future and unveiled the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 during the Nürburgring 24-hour race in June 2019. The car is a consequent further development of the preceding model and next to overhauled looks also comes with many technical optimisations. In the 2019 season, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 completed an intense test and development process. Delivery of cars to customer teams started in December 2019. As a result, the evolution model was celebrating its official debut at the start of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing’s tenth anniversary season, the Dubai 24-hour race in January 2020.
Parallel with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 will also be making its debut at the race track. The new edition of the globally successful GT4 model features a further developed exterior as well as optimised vehicle technology that will enhance the endurance performance.
Behind the teams’ sporting success, a comprehensive programme has been put in place that, just like the cars, is subject to continuous development. The guiding principle is the quick and professional support for teams with the aim of contributing to the biggest possible joint success by means of technology, know-how and manpower. Further information about the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Programme can be found here.
An era of success
With a triple title win, the unparalleled DTM era of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport came to an end in October 2018. A total of eleven drivers’ titles, 14 teams’ and seven manufacturers’ titles add up to an outstanding record of success.
Back in 1986 already, the three-pointed star caught the attention in the DTM. The first achievements with the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 to Group A regulations led to a motorsport co-operation between AMG and Mercedes-Benz and the official participation of Mercedes-Benz as a factory team in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. The first joint car was the AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II that scored numerous race wins. Klaus Ludwig secured the maiden DTM championship title with an AMG Mercedes in the 1992 season.
Three years later, it was Bernd Schneider’s star that started to shine: the current Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador drove the competition touring car based on the C-Class (model range 202) to win the DTM/ITC (International Touring car Championship) titles. In the following years, his record of success would increase to five DTM titles and 43 race wins, a record that will probably remain unbeaten for a long time to come.
With the successor model ranges of the C-Class and the CLK, numerous race wins and titles were scored in the DTM as well. In 2015, Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest DTM champion in history one day before his 21st birthday and thus also contributed to the teams’ title (gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG).
In the farewell season 2018, the Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM run by HWA again scored a firework of success: 20 races resulted into nine wins and 14 pole positions for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. The manufacturers’ crown could already be sealed on the penultimate race weekend.
In the brand’s 436th and final DTM race, Gary Paffett secured his second drivers’ title after 2005. The teams’ championship went to Stuttgart and Affalterbach, too: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (363 points) ended up ahead of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS (P2, 294 points). A deserved crown to conclude an outstanding era of 30 years!