Motivated by a belief and desire to succeed, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher laid the foundation for AMG back in 1967. Boundless passion for motorsports paved the way for legendary achievements and continues to leave its mark on the spirit of our brand to the present day.
Return to Formula 1 and an outstanding record of success
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.
Mercedes-AMG Safety Cars and Medical Cars
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.
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.
A fitting conclusion to an outstanding era
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!