Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Racing Teams 2015

History in F1

Mercedes has a long tradition in motor racing, dating back to the 1930s. The company was involved in F1 racing for two seasons in the 1950s, but then pulled out. Mercedes only returned to F1 racing in the 1990s, when it supplied engines to Team McLaren. For the 2009 season, Mercedes joined up with Brawn GP F1 Team, which won the Constructors’ Championship that season. In 2010, Mercedes teamed up with Malaysia’s Petronas as the main sponsor, competing under the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team name. In 2012, the team finished in 5th place, behind Lotus, with 142 points. But in 2013, really showed their muscle and came in 2nd place with 360 points, overtaking Ferrari. The 2014 Season was the clincher for Mercedes, dominating the season with 11 1-2 finishes by its two drivers. The team won the Constructors’ Championship Title with 701 points, 296 points more than second place Red Bull.

Mercedes AMG Petronas

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For a team that was only formed in 2010, it has done very well. Finishing 2nd behind Red Bull in 2010 and 5th in 2011 and 2012 and 2nd again in 2013 and finally winning the Constructors’ Championship Title in 2014. It bet on Michael Schumacher in 2010, facilitating his return to F1. But this did not pan out, with Schumacher having a dismal two seasons and retiring at the end of the 2012 season. For the 2013 season, the team had snatched Lewis Hamilton from McLaren and betting on him. This move did get them a second place finish, but finally in 2014, Hamilton was able to clinch the title for the team. This season, the team will continue to go with drivers unchanged.

Technical Details & Statistics

Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 is using the F1 W06 chassis and Mercedes PU 106B Hybrid engine. Mercedes is supplying engines to three other teams this season, unchanged from last year: Sahara Force India, Lotus F1 and Williams Martini Racing.

Base: Brackley (UK)

Team Principal: Toto Wolff

Main drivers: Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton

Engine: Mercedes PU 106B Hybrid

Chassis: F1 W06

Debut F1 Season: 1954

Constructors’ Championship Titles: 1

Grand Prix race victories: 34

Pole Position: 41

Fastest Lap: 29

Drivers

Driver 1:  Nico Rosberg

NICO

Nico Rosberg uses his German nationality to race, but he also holds a Finnish passport. He is actually the son of famous F1 World Champion, Keke Rosberg. Rosberg joined the F1 circuit in 2004, as a test-driver for Team Williams and in 2006 and stayed with the team four years. In 2010, Rosberg joined Mercedes. In 2012, Rosberg accumulated 93 points and finished in 9th place – his best finish, 2nd place at the Monaco Grand Prix. In 2013, he managed to win two Grand Prix races (Monaco Grand Prix and British Grand Prix) and finished the season in 6th place. Rosberg shone in 2014, with five Grand Prix wins and a total of 317 points, allowing him to finish in second place, behind team mate Hamilton, for the Drivers’ Championship Title. He is most definitely a driver to watch for the top slot this season.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: German

Date of Birth: 27 June 1985

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 10

Pole Positions: 16

Career Points: 1003.5

Podiums: 32

Driver 2:  Lewis Hamilton 

Lewis

Lewis Hamilton quickly rose through the ranks of Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries and GP 2 Series to enter the F1 circuit in 2007. From there, he shocked fans by winning the Drivers’ Championship in 2008 for McLaren. He holds numerous records, one of which is the most championship points accrued in a debut season, with 109, and the first black driver to compete in F1. He stayed with McLaren for six years and this will be his third year with Mercedes. He has become known for his erratic driving and emotional outbreaks – causing several disputes in 2014. Veteran drivers keep warning that he is going to cause a serious accident. The 2014 season was a great one for the British driver, clearly dominating from start to finish, relegating his biggest rival, Sebastian Vettel to fifth place. His 11 Grand Prix wins garnered him 384 points and his second Drivers’ Championship Title, the first he won in 2008. It will be interesting to see if he can deliver again in 2015.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: British

Date of Birth: 7 January 1985

World Championship Titles: 2

Number of Grand Prix won: 36

Pole Positions: 43

Career Points: 1,612

Podiums: 76

Podiums: 76