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Toto Wolff And Niki Lauda To Continue Their Successful Partnership Of Recent Years Until End 2020

Toto Wolff And Niki Lauda To Continue Their Successful Partnership Of Recent Years Until End 2020 Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Media
 

  • New contracts aligned with current FOM commercial agreement
  • Dr Dieter Zetsche: “This commitment gives our F1 program important continuity”
  • Niki Lauda: Some of my most enjoyable years in Formula One
  • Toto Wolff: “Winning is never down to single individuals – it’s about the right group”

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is delighted to announce that Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda have signed new contracts which will keep them with the World Champion team until the end of 2020.

Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Backstage – Introducing: Stefan Kalke

Mercedes-AMG DTM TeamDTM: Backstage – Introducing: Stefan Kalke Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Media


The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team is one big, happy family but has other members apart from the racing drivers. We would like to introduce you to the people behind the scenes. In the spotlight today: Chief Mechanic, Stefan Kalke.

  • Stefan has been doing this job for over 25 years
  • He is responsible for delivering engineering solutions, the car’ s technical make-up, the way it looks out on track and for the engineering team
  • Stefan Kalke: “It’s even carried over into my private life. Being clean and tidy is a common thread that runs through my whole life.”

In the DTM, every millimeter counts, even the smallest divergence from the norm can make the difference in the fight for thousandths of a second. Stefan Kalke (45, Chief Mechanic) has worked as a mechanic for the past 27 years. He knows the DTM cars inside out and is very much aware just how important it is to produce impeccable work in his job.

Strong Start As Silver Arrows Rack Up The Mileage On Day 1 in Barcelona

Strong Start As Silver Arrows Rack Up The Mileage On Day 1 in Barcelona Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Media
 

 

  • Valtteri emerged for his first run as the track opened at 09:00, completing 79 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00
  • Lewis took over in the cockpit for the afternoon session, completing 73 laps before the pit lane closed at 18:00
  • Today’s program focused on aerodynamic and vibration data analysis, followed by long runs to better understand the performance of the 2017 Pirelli tyres, with both drivers completing similar programs.
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,369km.
  • Lewis will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow morning, with Valtteri behind the wheel in the afternoon on the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona


Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport kicked off the first pre-season test of the 2017 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton taking turns at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+

Qualcomm And Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Conduct Trials Utilizing 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi

Qualcomm And Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Conduct Trials Utilizing 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi For Racecar Data Communications Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Media,Day Photography - Steve Etherington  

 

  • Testing builds on 5GHz concept announced last year by Qualcomm Technologies and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, are conducting field trials to test high-speed wireless download of vehicle sensor information utilizing 802.11ad Wi-Fi® technology in the 60 GHz band.  With the success of initial testing conducted during the Formula 1TM US Grand Prix in the 2016 season, Qualcomm Technologies and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport plan to continue technology development and conduct additional trials during the British Grand Prix in July.  During these field trials, race engineers utilize both 5 GHz 802.11ac and Multi-gigabit 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology, which operates in the millimeter wave (mmWave) 60GHz band, to gather data directly from the Team’s race car while in, or approaching the garage. The handover between the two 802.11 modes are handled automatically as radio conditions dictate throughput performance.

Customer Racing Changes In The Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Program

Customer Racing Changes In The Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Program Image Credit: Mercedes AMG Media
 

  • New designation for the Mercedes-AMG customer sports program
  • Former head Jochen Bitzer to take on new challenge within the Daimler concern
  • Stefan Wendl new contact for worldwide customer racing teams

Affalterbach – In the almost seven years of its existence, the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport customer sports program can look back upon a very successful history. So far, the SLS AMG GT3 has racked up 174 race wins. Likewise, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 already collected 18 first places all over the world in its maiden season. Jochen Bitzer, among others, has also largely contributed to this success as he was responsible for the successful expansion and establishment of the Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports program in the past three years. Now, the 43-year-old is to take on a different challenge and will be taking up a new function at Daimler AG on 1 March, 2017. Until further notice, Stefan Wendl, who has been involved in the Mercedes-AMG customer sports program since 2015, will be taking over Jochen Bitzer’s duties and will be available for the teams as a competent contact person.

Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Complete Final Tests Before Homologation Of The New Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Cars

Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Complete Final Tests Before Homologation Of The New Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Cars Image Credit: Mercedes AMG Media
 

  • Three days of testing at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao (21st - 23rd February)
  • Test drivers: Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta and Edoardo Mortara
  • Edoardo Mortara: “Working with the engineers and my team-mates went well. We help each other out and are fully motivated.”

The clock is now ticking towards the homologation of the DTM cars for the 2017 season on 1st March. First, though, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team were preoccupied with the opening test session of the new year this week (21st - 23rd February). It also constituted the last opportunity for trialing before the end of the homologation window. So there was a lot of testing to be done by the experienced DTM drivers and regular race-winners Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta and Edoardo Mortara. Each of them spent one day in the cockpit of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM.

Mercedes-AMG Scores Podium Success in Total 24 Hours of Spa (BEL)

Total 24 Hours of Spa BEL Image Cedit Daimler AG

 

  • Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 score top ten results in a classic endurance race that remains thrilling till the end

 

Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). For Mercedes-AMG, the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps ended in a successful way: the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by AMG-Team AKKA ASP with Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Tristan Vautier (FRA) and Renger van der Zande (NED) secured second place in a high-class GT3 field. With the #86 car, Maximilian Götz (GER), Thomas Jäger (GER) and Gary Paffett (GBR) finished the race in fifth place for AMG-Team HTP Motorsport. The team’s sister car also made it into the top ten: sixth place for the #84 with Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maximilian Buhk (GER) and Jazeman Jaafar (MAS). All eight Mercedes-AMG GT3 were classified in the classic race at the ‘Ardennes roller coaster’ circuit.
 

Home Victory for the Silver Arrows on Eventful Afternoon at Hockenheim Mercedes-Benz Home Grand Prix

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, German GP 2016. Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton Race Image Credit Diamler AG

 

  • Lewis today took his 49th career victory – his second at the Hockenheim Circuit and sixth of the 2016 season so far
  • Nico fought back from a slow start to reach P2 before a five second penalty dropped him back to P4 at the flag
  • Lewis (217) leads the Drivers' Championship by 19 points from Nico (198) in P2
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (415) lead Red Bull (256) by 159 points in the Constructors' Championship


 

Driver                            Chassis No.                 Grid         Result          Fastest Lap

Lewis Hamilton           F1 W07 Hybrid/04          P02         P01            1:18.746

Nico Rosberg             F1 W07 Hybrid/05          P01         P04             1:19.122

 

Strategy               Start              Stop 1                   Stop 2                        Stop 3

No. 44         SuperSoft              Soft(Lap 14)      SuperSoft (Lap 34)      Soft (Lap 47)

No. 6           SuperSoft    SuperSoft (Lap 11)              Soft (Lap 27)      Soft (Lap 44)

 

Weather   Overcast,  dry,  mild

Temperatures

Air: 23.8 – 25.0°C      Track: 36.6 – 42.3°C




Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

First of all, what a fantastic drive from Lewis and a great feeling to win the German Grand Prix once again with Mercedes. This has been a very special weekend for the team and Lewis delivered a pretty perfect drive today: great start, great speed, great management. He’s gone from a big deficit to now leading the championship, so it’s been a very good streak. We have seen these waves of momentum in both directions and he is riding the crest right now. But as well as the sweet part of the afternoon, for Nico it was more bitter. The start didn’t go well for him with big wheel spin but then he struggled for pace in the race, too. There were two big talking points. First the penalty. I think you will find lots of opinions but what we really look for is consistency in the decision making. Sometimes you see cars battling and there is no consequence, other times penalties are handed out. Today’s felt tough because I think the fans want to see hard racing – and that’s what it was. Then there was the pit stop to serve the penalty. In such a high-tech sport, we don’t often have to use a stop watch in a manual process. Today, it didn’t start, so we had to take the safe option to make sure Nico observed the right amount of time. Sometimes these things happen. Overall, I think we can be very pleased with our first part of the year. 11 wins from 12 is a nice statistic to take into the summer break – but we know that our rivals are continuing to improve, too. We will take the break, recharge the batteries and come back with fresh energy in Spa.

Historic Result for the Silver Arrows at Hockenheim Home Grand Prix 2016

Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, German GP 2016. Nico Rosberg 1st, Lewis Hamilton2nd Qualifying image Credit: Daimler AG


Driver                                Chassis No.             P3                       Q1                      Q2                                    Q3

  • Nico Rosberg               F1 W07 Hybrid/05     P01   P02 1:15.485 03 Laps    P02 1:14.839 03 Laps     P01 1:14.363 06 Laps
     
  • Lewis Hamilton           F1 W07 Hybrid/04     P02    P01 1:15.243 03 Laps    P01 1:14.748 03 Laps     P02 1:14.470 06 Laps

 

Weather Clear, dry, mild

Temperatures    Air: 24.4 – 27.1°C      Track: 36.7 – 44.6°C



Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

Overall, a fantastic result to take the front row of the grid at our home race here in Hockenheim. I’m really pleased for Nico because he overcame a tricky session to get pole. On his first Q3 run, he had an electronic problem during his fast lap, so he aborted and came back to the pits to have it fixed. For the second run, we gave a safety margin of two extra laps of fuel, just to make sure he could get a time on the board. But on his first flying lap, he pulled it out of the bag and got the pole anyway. Lewis then responded on his final run, but fell slightly short; afterwards, the times showed he had been faster in sector three, but lost a bit too much time in the middle sector of the lap. In any case, we can see that our biggest threat for tomorrow starts right behind us. On the long runs yesterday, Red Bull were very competitive and we know that it’s a long and hard race here in Hockenheim. So the first, small part of the job is done. But we must make sure to prepare carefully overnight, keep our feet on the ground and deliver the result tomorrow.

Linkin Park and Mercedes-AMG Rock the Track at the 24 Hours of Spa Race

Mercedes-AMG GT3 with race design by Linkin Park, 24 hours race SPA, Belgium – July 30/31, 2016 Image Credit: Daimler AG

 

Première at the 24 Hours of Spa Race: For the first time, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 styled by world renown rock band Linkin Park sees action on the racetrack. Three of the band members, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell and Joe Hahn are big car and AMG fans, and did not want to miss the opportunity to personally present the vehicle designed specifically for the motorsport classic in Spa to the crowd of racing enthusiasts. They even had the privilege of waving the start flag in Spa and frenetically cheered on the Mercedes-AMG driven by Yelmer Buurman (NED), Maro Engel (GER) and Bernd Schneider (GER) from the garage of the BLACK FALCON AMG Team. The Linkin Park GT3 is the second joint project as part of the "Two Stages – One Passion" cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Linkin Park. The band had already contributed their song "Papercut" to the world première of the new Mercedes-AMG GT R in late June, providing the fitting sound for the international campaign.

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