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F1 is Back in Hockenheim With the Silver Arrows Flying High!

Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, German GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton Image Credit Daimler AG

  • Nico topped both sessions with Lewis P2 in each
  • Both drivers ran the Medium Soft and SuperSoft compound tyres in the morning session, the Soft and SuperSoft in the afternoon session

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

A good day to start the weekend, with no major issues on either side of the garage, a full program completed and our pace looking reasonably good. The main focus has been on understanding the Soft and Supersoft tyres – particularly on long runs, to see which race strategies will make most sense on Sunday. There was a little bit of stress this afternoon with race direction concerning track limits at T1 – particularly concerning Lewis’ position with two reprimands already to his name – so we compromised our program somewhat to ensure that he avoided a third. Overall, though, it’s great to be back at the Hockenheimring and we’re looking forward to a good battle in qualifying tomorrow.

Mercedes - AMG Customer Sports Program A Passion For Performance

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Affalterbach (GER). Since 1967, the heart of Mercedes-AMG has been beating at the race track. With its motorsport DNA, the performance brand from Affalterbach enthuses fans and customers all over the world. Among them are the AMG Customer Sport Teams who have been successful at international level with the SLS AMG GT3 since 2011. In the past five years, numerous titles and legendary race wins were scored with the gullwing. Simultaneously, AMG has been working on the continuous expansion of its Customer Sports program. In 2016, the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the introduction of the AMG Performance Teams marks the start of a new era for the manufacturer from Affalterbach that got off to a perfect start with the historic quadruple victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Silver Arrows Blaze To Victory In Scorching Hot Hungarian Grand Prix

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  • Lewis today took his 48th career victory – his fifth at the Hungaroring and fifth of the 2016 season so far
  • Nico completed a third Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in P2
  • Lewis (192) leads the Drivers' Championship by six points from Nico (186) in P2
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (378) lead Ferrari (224) by 154 points in the Constructors' Championship


Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

We’re delighted with today’s result. To take a one-two finish at a circuit that hasn’t been so good to us in the past two years is really satisfying. This place has been Red Bull and Ferrari territory, so it just shows what a great place we have got to with our chassis and engine package that we were able to take such a strong finish and control the race like we did. It was a race that needed a lot of management and we had told the drivers all weekend that winning would depend on making the tires last. They both did this really well – though when things got a bit close for comfort in the second stint, we asked Lewis to pick up the pace and he responded well to build the gap we needed after Red Bull rolled the dice with Ricciardo’s strategy. The back markers were a challenge like always here, particularly some of the usual suspects, but they didn’t end up influencing the outcome which was good. There has been a lot of talk about the Championship situation but, if this was a football match, we’d have only just completed the first half. There’s still a very long way to go this season. We have seen a lot of action so far and I am sure there will be much more to come…

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