Wednesday, March 2, 2011

F1 Constructor: Mercedes

(Mercedes MGP W02 – Source:

Launch Date/Venue: February 1 - Valencia
Name: Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team
Base: Brackley, Northamptonshire; United Kingdom
Former Team Names: Mercedes Grand Prix, Tyrrell, BAR, BAR-Honda, Honda F1, BRAWN GP
Prior Years: 1954-55, 1968-2009
Debut Race: 1954 French GP
Constructors Titles: 0
Drivers Titles: 2 (1954-55)
2010 Standings: 4th; 214-points
2010 Chassis: MGP W01

Team Principals: Ross Brawn, Norbert Haug
Technical Director: Bob Bell
Seasons: 2 (2010-Present)
First Race: 2010 Bahrain GP
Races: 31
Wins: 9
Poles: 8
Statistics equal only Mercedes as Factory “Works” F1 Team: Years 1954-55; 2010-Present

BRAWN GP won the 2009 Constructors & Drivers World Championships prior to being Bought-out by Mercedes – which prior hadn’t competed as an F1 racing team since 1955...

Model: MGP W02
Engine: Mercedes Benz FO 108 (2011-spec)
((Upgraded for KERS installation)
Gearbox: Mercedes

No. 7) Michael Schumacher; Germany
No. 8) Nico Rosberg; Germany
Test/Reserve Driver) TBA

The legendary Mercedes Benz “Silver Arrows” were last seen in Formula 1 some 56yrs ago – prior to the teams celebrated return in 2010 with somebody named DER TERMINATOR, much to Nico Rosberg’s chagrin. As it was during the 1954-55 Grand Prix seasons that the original Silver Arrows crushed the opposition with drivers Juan Manuel Fangio & Stirling Moss at the controls... Blistering the Formula One world by capturing nine wins and eight poles in twelve races before the ’55 Le Mans Horror saw Mercedes Benz step away from racing.

Mercedes next returned to Grand Prix racing for 1993-94 as an engine supplier with a 3.0-liter normally Aspirated V-10 powerplant for Sauber before switching allegiances to McLaren. (1995-Present) Mercedes has now become a Customer engine supplier to the Woking based McLaren – now its competitor, plus continued supply of its 2.4-liter V-8 lumps to Force India...

The team has just announced ex-Renault Head Honcho Bob Bell as its Technical Director beginning on April 1st, while the driver pairing remains the same with the young lion “Brittany” (Nico Rosberg) having clearly outshone Herr Schumacher last season – whose still prattling on ‘bout winning his eighth Drivers crown...

And reading between the never ending PressSpeak of New Car launches – as I don’t know what this first historic Mercedes Benz KERS system win was that Norbert Haag refers too... Albeit Mercedes was supplying McLaren’s lumps in ’09 and Haag sez all three Mercedes-runners will utilize the current iteration of KERS this season...

Mercedes launches MGP W02

Mercedes MGP W02: Pictures

Mercedes MGP W02: Launch notes