AMG Motorsports

Formula 1

  • From the start of the 2012 season, AMG’s motorsport expertise has been reinforced in Formula 1.

    The three letters AMG are synonymous with sporting performance. The high-performance brand has strengthened this claim in 2012 through its presence in Formula 1. It was a logical step to strengthen the links between AMG and the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 programs, as reflected in a new name: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team. In line with the “one team” philosophy, the team’s powertrain manufacturer in Brixworth, UK, was renamed as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. AMG has collaborated for a long time with the team in the UK—with the goal of transferring racing technologies to the road. One example is the SLS AMG Electric Drive, whose electric powertrain was jointly developed by a team from Affalterbach and Brixworth.

    In the third race for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Nico Rosberg took a dominant victory in the 2012 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX, scoring the first win for a works Silver Arrow since 1955—following a 55-year break in which no works Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow competed in Formula 1TM. The next milestone in the newly told success story is set two years later: in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, three races before the Formula 1 season 2014 finishes, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS clinches its first ever FIA Formula 1 World Constructors Championship title.

    A few weeks later MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton wins the concluding race of the campaign at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to take the Formula 1 world championship title and become the first Silver Arrows driver to claim title since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955. His team-mate Nico Rosberg finishes the 2014 season as F1 championship runner-up. At the same time the 16th victory of the season in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix means that MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS no longer shares the record with any other team for the highest number of wins in one season. With eleven one-two wins in a single season, the team additionally surpassed the previous record set by McLaren in 1988.

    Formula 1 is nothing new for AMG. Since 1996, Mercedes-AMG has provided the car that all the racing drivers follow if an incident occurs. The tradition of safety cars from AMG started in 1996 with a C 36 AMG. Since 2000, what must be the world’s fastest car with yellow warning lights—a modified SLS AMG—has been driven by the racing driver and AMG brand ambassador Bernd Mayländer. AMG has also supplied the Formula 1 medical car since 1996, and in the shape of a C 63 AMG Wagon since 2008.

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