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SILVERSTONE TEST - DAY TWO

 

Marathon mileage for Esteban Ocon on final day of running at Silverstone

Date:                          Wednesday 13 July 2016

Circuit:                       Silverstone Circuit

Driver:                        Esteban Ocon

Laps Completed:        139

Circuit Length:           5.891

Distance Covered:      819 km

Best Lap Time:           1:31.212

Conditions:                Dry AM / Sunny with some rain showers PM

Mercedes AMG Petronas concluded this week’s in-season test at Silverstone today with Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Esteban Ocon at the wheel of the F1 W07 Hybrid

  • Esteban emerged for his first run at 09:00 this morning, completing 59 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:30 and a further 80 laps in the afternoon – finishing for the day at 17:55
  • Today’s morning programme focused on aerodynamic developments and data logging using various aero rakes – an educational exercise for future car development & wind tunnel correlation
  • In the afternoon, the team focused on car setup work and race simulations
  • Fellow Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Pascal Wehrlein was also in action today, completing 128 laps of tyre testing with Pirelli at the wheel of the F1 W05 Hybrid (2014)
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units (excluding that used by Pascal) today completed a total of 2,215 km

Esteban Ocon

I felt really comfortable in the car today. We were able to do 139 laps and finished all of our planned programmes. We started the day with some aerodynamic tests which went well. Then, in the afternoon, I was able to improve my driving with every lap – especially using the soft tyres. I am really thankful for the opportunity the team have given. It’s really allowed me to learn a lot.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps

Best Time

01

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

103

1:30.665

02

ESTEBAN OCON

MERCEDES AMG F1

139

1:31.212

03

Pierre Gasly

Red Bull

103

1:31.429

04

Nikita Mazepin

Force India

69

1:31.561

05

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren

114

1:31.764

06

Valterri Bottas

Williams

98

1:32.423

07

Santino Ferrucci

Haas

107

1:33.141

08

Joylon Palmer

Renault

98

1:33.308

09

Sergio Sette Camara

Toro Rosso

82

1:34.040

10

Jordan King

Manor

70

1:35.060

11

Pascal Wehrlein

Pirelli Tyre Test

128

1:36.182

MORE THAN 100 NEW JOBS FOR THE CUSTOMER APPROACH OF TOMORROW: BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: MERCEDES-BENZ IS INVESTING MASSIVELY IN DIGITAL EXPERTS

More than 100 new jobs for the customer approach of tomorrow: Best Customer Experience: Mercedes-Benz is investing massively in digital experts

 

On the successful road to the future, Mercedes-Benz is investing massively in the development of its digital competence as part of its "Best Customer Experience" sales and marketing initiative. The aim is to quickly set up a "Digital Unit", headed by Sabine Scheunert, as part of a cross-departmental joint initiative between Marketing and IT. This unit will pool and strengthen the personnel and digital infrastructure for the customer dialogue of tomorrow. To this end, more than 100 newly created jobs are to be filled by experts in the coming months. With this investment, Mercedes-Benz above all wants to further develop and strengthen its "Mercedes me" offering. Mercedes me offers customers exciting products, services and experiences and links up with them, wherever they happen to be. This is the next step on Mercedes-Benz's way of transition from automotive manufacturer to mobility and service provider.

Stuttgart – "To meet the challenges of digitalisation as effectively as possible, we are adopting new approaches in terms of our organisation and our processes. We will be fundamentally changing the structure and modus operandi of our digital sales activities. We want to become faster and more agile, working in small teams with flat hierarchies, and considerably increase our own digital real net output ratio," states Dr Jens Thiemer, Head of Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "This move sees us implementing a true change in culture, which will make us even fitter for the digital age." Jan Brecht, CIO at Daimler AG, adds: "We have devised a new structure for our digital sales activities, which strengthens the already adopted measures in terms of structure and personnel. To this end, we will ensure that the new positions are filled by people who possess the required key skills over the coming months. Our new structure creates an attractive work environment which satisfies the requirements of an agile 'start-up', promotes creativity and innovation, and appeals to digital talents."

More digitisation for customer dialogue and personalisation

With its current initiative, Mercedes-Benz is responding to the growing need for a specifically personalised customer approach. Be it in sales or after-sales, today customers increasingly want personalised advice and support. Mercedes-Benz responded to these requirements in 2014 by establishing the ideal 'ecosystem': Mercedes me. Mercedes me pools and fully customises the innovative and customer-oriented services, products and lifestyle offers of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler and cooperation partners. Over the coming months, more than 100 new jobs will be created to bring on board the required key skills in the areas of personalisation, customer-focussed digital services and offers, data analytics, digital content creation, and customer relationship management. The jobs are predominantly based in Stuttgart, although other locations are also envisaged.

The new Digital Unit is to make innovative and digital products come alive for customers and pool the associated sales activities, including personalised sales and after-sales offers, further development of Mercedes me, and the implementation of apps for a holistic mobility and service package, for example. The Digital Unit has an agile culture that promotes innovative work and allows motivating and efficient cooperation. Key features of the new unit include aspects such as autonomy and self-organisation, end-to-end product responsibility, teamwork, and equal partnerships in a modern work environment.

The person in charge of executing the new tasks is Sabine Scheunert (41), who was appointed Head of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars on 1 July 2016, on the back of many years of experience in the field of digital marketing and sales. She has worked in the automotive industry since 1998 and was formerly General Manager Marketing Central Eastern Europe at BMW. In 2010 she moved to the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, where she was Head of Worldwide Customer Relationship Management for all the PSA brands. More recently, in early 2015 Scheunert assumed responsibility for the Citroën brand's business in China, making her the country's first female CEO.

NEW ACCESSORIES FOR MERCEDES-AMG: SPORTY ATTACHMENT PARTS FOR THE CLA AND EXCLUSIVE WHEEL HUB COVERS FROM MERCEDES-AMG

 

Stuttgart/Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG further expands its range of accessories: after the corresponding line-up for the C- and A-Class, the Affalterbach-based company also now offers sporty attachments for the updated CLA model. At the same time, exclusive all new wheel hub covers which tell the story of the performance brand are now available.

Sporty appearance for the updated CLA model: the new attachment parts further enhance the dynamic looks of the CLA 250 Sport (4MATIC) and all other CLA models with the AMG Line option. The new offering from Mercedes-AMG comprises a total of four attachments for the bodywork, and sporty side stripes. The attachments are manufactured using deep-draw technology and always come in high-gloss black – ideal for a sporty appearance. The high-quality surface finish eliminates the need for painting and as a result the attachments can be installed without additional expense. A short installation time thanks to easy handling was a top priority already during the development of the AMG accessories. The sporty side stripes are applied as a film below the dropping line of the Coupé and Shooting Brake. All components will be available at authorised sales outlets starting mid-July.

The individual components at a glance:

  • AMG front splitter
  • AMG side sill attachment
  • AMG rear fascia moulding with diffuser look
  • AMG additional rear flics
  • AMG sport stripes

Brand history in miniature form: the new Mercedes-AMG wheel hub covers are now available at authorised sales outlets. Their emblem depicts the three pillars of the successful performance brand. A tree by a river stands for the company's location in Affalterbach (old German: "apple tree by the creek"). Cam lobe, valve and valve spring symbolise engine construction and motor racing technology.

The exclusive wheel hub covers are manufactured with great love of detail: the various black and grey hues are applied to the aluminium using a silk-screen printing process before it is embossed to become an emblem. The emblems are then sealed with a clear coat and applied to a plastic base. The individual elements can be felt as they are embossed – a special 3-D effect. Apart from offering a special appearance, they also keep the wheel hubs from getting dirty. The Mercedes-AMG wheel hub covers fit all light-alloy wheels previously equipped with standard wheel hub covers (diameter: 70 mm). The set of four Mercedes-AMG wheel hub covers comes in a deluxe presentation box.

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Silverstone Test - Day One

 

First taste of the F1 W07 Hybrid for Esteban Ocon on productive day at Silverstone

Date:                       Tuesday 12 July 2016

Circuit:                      Silverstone Circuit

Driver:                       Esteban Ocon

Laps Completed:        123

Circuit Length:           5.891 km

Distance Covered:      725 km

Best Lap Time:            1:32.833

Conditions:                 Dry AM / Overcast with rain showers PM

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began this week’s in-season test at Silverstone today with Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Esteban Ocon at the wheel of the F1 W07 Hybrid

  • Esteban emerged for his first run at 09:00 this morning, completing 80 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00 and a further 43 laps in the afternoon – finishing for the day at 17:50
  • Today’s program focused on wet setup work to better understand Sunday’s race performance at Silverstone. The team also worked on brakes, aero data collection, engine systems and software.
  • Fellow Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Pascal Wehrlein was also in action today, completing 48 laps of tyre testing with Pirelli at the wheel of the F1 W05 Hybrid (2014)
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units (excluding that used by Pascal) today completed a total of 1.626 km

Esteban Ocon

It felt great to drive the car. It took me a few runs to get used to it, as driving a Formula One car is still new to me – especially here at Silverstone as it has a few high-speed corners. But, at the end, I was really close to the limit, so that was a really good feeling. We needed to make most of the early weather, as we knew it would rain in the afternoon, so we planned most of our running in the morning. The afternoon was a bit tricky but we still managed to keep going and were able to finish our programme. The weather in the afternoon was quite tough, as it kept changing constantly. But I think we were able to manage the situation well and it gave me the possibility to experience dry and wet weather conditions. That was a great experience, as I was able to test all the different kinds of tyres. To drive in DTM and Formula One is an amazing feeling. I really enjoyed driving for this great team today and it’s a big chance for a young driver like me to get that experience, so I am looking forward to tomorrow with a big smile on my face.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps

Best Time

01

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

105

1:31.290

02

Esteban Ocon

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

123

1:32.833

03

Alex Lynn

Williams

54

1:34:433

04

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

19

1:34:446

05

Nikita Mazepin

Force India

35

1:34.521

06

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

91

1:34.643

07

Santino Ferrucci

Haas

55

1:34.866

08

Pascal Wehrlein

Pirelli Tyre Test

48

1:34.982

09

Rio Haryanto

Manor

64

1:35.631

10

Sergey Sirotin

Renault

48

1:36.575

11

Pierre Gasly

Red Bull

52

1:43.891

12.
July 2016
Silverstone

First taste of the F1 W07 Hybrid for Esteban Ocon on productive day at Silverstone

Date:                       Tuesday 12 July 2016

Circuit:                      Silverstone Circuit

Driver:                       Esteban Ocon

Laps Completed:        123

Circuit Length:           5.891 km

Distance Covered:      725 km

Best Lap Time:            1:32.833

Conditions:                 Dry AM / Overcast with rain showers PM

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began this week’s in-season test at Silverstone today with Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Esteban Ocon at the wheel of the F1 W07 Hybrid

  • Esteban emerged for his first run at 09:00 this morning, completing 80 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00 and a further 43 laps in the afternoon – finishing for the day at 17:50
  • Today’s program focused on wet setup work to better understand Sunday’s race performance at Silverstone. The team also worked on brakes, aero data collection, engine systems and software.
  • Fellow Mercedes-Benz Junior driver Pascal Wehrlein was also in action today, completing 48 laps of tyre testing with Pirelli at the wheel of the F1 W05 Hybrid (2014)
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units (excluding that used by Pascal) today completed a total of 1.626 km

Esteban Ocon

It felt great to drive the car. It took me a few runs to get used to it, as driving a Formula One car is still new to me – especially here at Silverstone as it has a few high-speed corners. But, at the end, I was really close to the limit, so that was a really good feeling. We needed to make most of the early weather, as we knew it would rain in the afternoon, so we planned most of our running in the morning. The afternoon was a bit tricky but we still managed to keep going and were able to finish our programme. The weather in the afternoon was quite tough, as it kept changing constantly. But I think we were able to manage the situation well and it gave me the possibility to experience dry and wet weather conditions. That was a great experience, as I was able to test all the different kinds of tyres. To drive in DTM and Formula One is an amazing feeling. I really enjoyed driving for this great team today and it’s a big chance for a young driver like me to get that experience, so I am looking forward to tomorrow with a big smile on my face.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps

Best Time

01

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

105

1:31.290

02

Esteban Ocon

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

123

1:32.833

03

Alex Lynn

Williams

54

1:34:433

04

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

19

1:34:446

05

Nikita Mazepin

Force India

35

1:34.521

06

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

91

1:34.643

07

Santino Ferrucci

Haas

55

1:34.866

08

Pascal Wehrlein

Pirelli Tyre Test

48

1:34.982

09

Rio Haryanto

Manor

64

1:35.631

10

Sergey Sirotin

Renault

48

1:36.575

11

Pierre Gasly

Red Bull

52

1:43.891

EXTRA MOTIVATIONAL BOOST AHEAD OF HALFTIME RACE WEEKEND AT ZANDVOORT

Extra motivational boost ahead of halftime race weekend at Zandvoort

 

Fresh momentum for the races at Zandvoort: Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ready for the challenges of the circuit in the dunes

  • Strengthening team spirit and fitness: Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers return from training camp at Schladming (Austria) with renewed determination for Zandvoort
  • Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) is a three-time previous winner at Zandvoort (2005, 2009, 2010)
  • Uli Fritz: “After a disappointing weekend at the Norisring, we travel to Zandvoort with our motivation very much boosted”

Comments ahead of the DTM races at Zandvoort

Paul Di Resta (30, Scotland):

  • Car number: 3
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Looking ahead to the race weekend at Zandvoort, I find myself in a strong position with regard to the championship. I’m therefore really keen to get back in the car and out on the track. In recent years, the circuit at Zandvoort has not been very good for us. But I believe that we now have a better understanding of the reason why and, moreover, that we are better placed to rise to the challenge.”& amp; lt; /p>

Robert Wickens (27, Canada):

  • Car number: 6
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“The Norisring was a nightmare for me, so I’m all the more determined to be up there with the front-runners again at Zandvoort. The team deserves to be back on the podium and to be scoring a lot of points. That’s my target for this weekend. I’m still a title contender – I’m only 17 points behind the leader, so there is still everything to play for.”

Lucas Auer (21, Austria):

  • Car number: 22
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke)
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“After the Norisring, we had a week of sport with the whole team in Austria. That was really cool. From there I travelled on directly to the F1 race at Spielberg where I was a guest TV commentator. It was really interesting to get a glimpse behind the scenes and see how television covers an event like this. The rest of the time, I was with my team in Berlin preparing for Zandvoort. Last year, we had a difficult weekend there. But I will again try to maximise my performance, to get the most out the car and to build on the decent results of the last two race weekends.”

Christian Vietoris (27, Germany):

  • Car number: 8
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke)
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I’ve been able to channel my anger about the events at the Norisring into positive energy. If you are robbed of a good result in the way I was, then you just can’t wait to claw back those lost points in the subsequent races. It’s no good burying our heads in the sand and moaning about what might have been. I just hope that the race weekend at Zandvoort is different and that it’s fair and exciting racing making the headlines. Although I’m always happy to be the centre of attention, I would prefer it to be for positive reasons. That’s my objective for Holland.”

Gary Paffett (35, England):

  • Car number: 2
  • Team: EURONICS / FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART)
  • Car: EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Zandvoort is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. It’s really fun to drive there. It counts as an ‘old school’ circuit, by which I mean that if you stray from the track, you quickly end up in the barriers. There are no tarmac run-off areas, which makes it quite exciting. At the same time, the track is very narrow and twisty. We drive with a lot of downforce, and the surface is relatively bumpy. So the setup is quite different from Hockenheim, for example. For this reason, it will be interesting to see where we stand compared to the other cars. Last year’s race went well for me. Consequently, I’m hoping for a good result.”

Maximilian Götz (30, Germany):

  • Car number: 84
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“In the short break since the Norisring, we drivers have been able to get our breath back and to reinvigorate ourselves at the fitness camp. This has been good for our team spirit. The sequence of events at the Norisring has strengthened the bonds between us as a team. That’s why I’ll be going to Zandvoort feeling upbeat. In last year’s equivalent fixture, I was just outside the Top Ten. This year, I have set myself the target of finishing in the points.” < /p>

Daniel Juncadella (25, Spain):

  • Car number: 12
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Zandvoort is a special track for me that I know really well. I’v e won there several times in Formula 3, including a victory at the 2012 Formula 3 Masters. So I have great memories of this venue. The circuit is one of the toughest on the calendar. Looking back at my good track record at Zandvoort I’m hoping that it is a perfect place to turn the tide for me this season.”

Esteban Ocon (19, France):

  • Car number: 34
  • Team: EURONICS / FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART)
  • Car: FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Zandvoort is new territory for me. It’s supposed to be a difficult track, but the other drivers have only good things to say about it. Consequently, I’m facing a new challenge this weekend, so I have to try to make the most of the available training time. I’ve been invited to test-drive the Formula 1 Silver Arrow at Silverstone on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the race weekend at Zandvoort. I’m obviously looking forward to this a lot, and I hope that it will give me additional momentum for the coming weekend.”& amp; lt; /p>

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM:

“After a disappointing weekend at the Norisring, we travel to Zandvoort with our motivation very much boosted. In Paul, Robert and Lucas, we have three drivers in the Top Ten. And just two good results would be enough to put Chris and Gary back in touch with the championship leaders. Consequently, the situation as we approach the halfway stage of the campaign is encouraging, although of course we lost a lot of points at the Norisring through no fault of our own. The track at Zandvoort is quite special, if only for its unique location next to the sea, and its characteristics certainly make it one of the greatest challenges of the season. Our drivers have repeatedly shown in the past how speedy they can be at Zandvoort. But the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM has surprised us all through the season so far for different reasons on the tracks where we’ve competed. We are therefore being cautious about making any forecasts. But as I’ve already said, our team certainly won’t be lacking motivation.”

 

2016 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SUNDAY

 

 

Home race heroics from Hamilton with Nico Rosberg completing a Silver Arrows 1-2

  • Lewis today took his 47th career victory – his fourth at Silverstone and fourth of the 2016 season so far
  • Nico completed a third Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season in P2
  • Nico (171) leads the Drivers’ Championship by four points from Lewis (167) in P2
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (338) lead Ferrari (204) by 134 points in the Constructors’ Championship

Driver

Chassis No.

Grid

Result

Fastest Lap

Lewis Hamilton

F1 W07 Hybrid/04

P01

P01

1:35.771 (Lap 45)

Nico Rosberg

F1 W07 Hybrid/05

P02

P02

1:35.548 (Lap 44)

Strategy

Start

Stop 1

Stop 2

No. 44

Extreme Wet

Intermediate (Lap 07)

Medium (Lap 17)

No. 6

Extreme Wet

Intermediate (Lap 07)

Medium (Lap 17)

Weather

Wet Start, Dry From 1/3 Distance, Cool Throughout

Temperatures

Air: 17.3 – 21.1°C

Track: 21.6 – 28.6°C

Lewis Hamilton

Best weekend of the whole year! I couldn’t believe it started raining at the beginning of the race. I thought: “are you serious?” It makes it so much harder for everyone when that happens. I couldn’ t really see the safety car either. It was going really slowly and my rear brakes were getting way too cold, so I was trying to heat them up and before I knew it I’m heading straight for the back of the thing! Thank goodness I could turn! Luckily it was okay and from there I was feeling great in the wet conditions. A huge thank you first of all to the team for doing such an amazing job. Our performance this weekend has been outstanding. The engineers and mechanics did a great job, so big thanks to all of them once again. And then the crowd… I mean, where do they all come from? It’s absolutely amazing! Nothing we see in any other country even comes close – and that for me just shows the passion us Brits have for sport, regardless of the weather. It’s pouring down and these guys are just like “yeah, we love it!” This is beyond my wildest dreams, honestly. When I was younger I didn’t see the other stuff that comes with being a Formula One driver. I was just in awe of the racing and it wasn’t until I grew up that I started to understand. I’m just trying to bask in the glory and enjoy it because one day I’ ll be watching someone else, hopefully a young Brit, winning here and I want to make the most of these moments. For now though, it’s my time – our time. Thank you so much to everyone out there today. It’s just been unbelievable.

Nico Rosberg

Lewis did a better job over the whole weekend and deserved the win, so congratulations to him. I was happy to have finished the race as my gearbox issue at the end was really serious and I almost had to retire the car – but luckily I got it fixed. Generally, though, it felt great out there and I had a great pace on the medium tyres. The battle with Max was good fun. It took a bit of time but I managed to overtake him on the outside. Over the whole weekend the atmosphere here at Silverstone was really outstanding. Okay, I recognise that some guys out there don’t like me as much as Lewis. But that’s normal in his home country and I felt that the majority was very supportive of me. That’s why the British fans are the best and most passionate racing fans in the world, so thank you to them for making it a really great event. Now I look forward to the last two races before the summer break including my home Grand Prix in Germany.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

This afternoon was Formula One at its best: probably the best fans in the world, a wet-dry race, loads of incidents and overtaking, and a fantastic home winner at the end of it all. On days like this, Lewis is unstoppable: he pulled the gap in the early laps, we made the perfect call on the strategy, then he controlled the race from there. He was calm all day, had everything under control and just nailed the race. Brilliant. For Nico, it was a bit trickier: running in the spray in the wet always costs lap time, then he had a long battle with Max. He lost out on the intermediates, but then was able to hunt him down after switching to the dry tyres and pulled off a great outside move into Stowe, one of the fastest points on the circuit. In the final laps, he was stuck in seventh gear, which was clearly a critical problem that would have resulted in failure. Our understanding of the rules is that this kind of message is allowed – it’s not the kind of driver coaching the rules were designed to prevent – so we gave him the necessary information and he did a great job to hold his position and bring the car home. It’s an amazing feeling for the whole team to win a fourth British Grand Prix in a row, in front of so many of our colleagues from our factories in Brixworth and Brackley. It will be a big celebration with our families this evening and then back hard to work in the morning. After so much drama already in 2016, it’s amazing to think we haven’t yet even reached the halfway point of the season…

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

A fantastic race result as the home Grand Prix for everyone at Brackley and Brixworth. We haven’t had a 1-2 since Russia, so it’s great to have both drivers up there on the top two steps once again. Our congratulations first and foremost to Lewis on a third consecutive home victory – his fourth in total thus far – and a really perfect weekend overall. We were spared the variability of a standing race start with the last-minute downpour. From there, we had two clean rounds of pit stops – benefitting nicely from a convenient VSC period for the switch to intermediates. Both were double-stops with the drivers arriving in quick succession, which is never an easy task, but were immaculately executed by the crew, so well done to them. As the race settled down from there, it was clear that Lewis was in control while Nico had a battle on his hands with Verstappen. The Red Bull was strong in the wet – likely due to their choice to run with a higher wing level over ultimate top speed. It was a great duel between the two of them, with Max managing to make his car very wide indeed but Nico eventually pulling off a fantastic move around the outside at Stowe corner to take the place. A crisis then developed six laps from the end when Nico’s gearbox got stuck in seventh gear. To finish the race with minimal use of that gear while also fending off the advances of the Red Bull behind really was a great piece of driving, so we applaud him for that. A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone at Brackley and Brixworth for bringing us such performance from the car and the result today. A proud day for the team in front of a truly fantastic crowd.

2016 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY

 

 Record breaking day for the Silver Arrows at Silverstone!

  • Lewis today took his 55th career pole position – his fourth at Silverstone and sixth of the 2016 season so far
  • Nico will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from P2, completing a fifth Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season so far
  • Both Lewis and Nico eclipsed the previous circuit record at this configuration of the Silverstone Circuit (1:29.607) set by Lewis in 2013
  • Both drivers completed a single run in Q1, the same again in Q2 and two runs apiece in Q3, using soft compound tyres throughout

Driver

Chassis No.

P3

Q1

Q2

Q3

Lewis Hamilton

F1 W07 Hybrid/04

1:30.904

P02

1:30.739

05 Laps

P01

1:29.243

03 Laps

P01

1:29.287

06 Laps

Nico Rosberg

F1 W07 Hybrid/05

1:30.967

P01

1:30.724

05 Laps

P02

1:29.970

03 Laps

P02

1:29.606

06 Laps

Weather

Overcast, Dry, Mild

Temperatures

Air: 17.4 – 21.7°C

Track: 19.6 – 28.9°C

Lewis Hamilton

Firstly, I want to say how grateful I am for all the amazing fans that we have this weekend. Right from Thursday through to today, it’s been the biggest crowd I think I’ve ever seen here. The wave of energy they send is just mesmerising, so a big thank you to everyone out there. It wasn’t the cleanest qualifying session. We had great pace all the way through – but I ran a bit wide on my first Q3 lap and had that time taken away. I just touched the kerb and it really pulled me out there. I didn’t even feel like I was going to be running wide until the car bottomed out and I just bounced outside the line, so then there was a lot of pressure on my final lap. I was just sitting there in the garage thinking “I can’t let these guys down”. The second lap didn’t feel quite as good but I was a bit more cautious – making sure I got the lap on the board. I’m grateful that I managed it and grateful to the team too for all their hard work in giving us the performance we have this weekend. The fans give me more than enough motivation. Tomorrow will be a tough race, as always, and it’s important we do our due diligence tonight and tomorrow morning to make sure we’re on top of tyres, strategy and so on. But my long run pace yesterday was strong and I feel like I’ve got the car in a good place underneath me in terms of balance for the race. I can’t wait to see everyone out there again tomorrow!

Nico Rosberg

The team has given us an incredible car. It really was a pleasure to drive out there today – especially through these spectacular high-speed corners where it’s just awesome. It’s like the car is on rails, which is just what you want as a driver, so a big thank you to everyone for that. It wasn’t my day out there today – but congratulations to Lewis, who did an awesome job. Tomorrow is the day and it’s all to play for and it will be a great battle between Lewis and me. There are some chances at the start and it will be interesting how the tyre degradation will influence the strategy. Recently I’ve had good starts, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll definitely still be pushing for the win.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

That was a nerve-wracking qualifying session that went down to the last metres of the final lap. After Lewis had his first time deleted in Q3, the pressure was on. But he was super calm, went out on track and nailed it. It's such a fine balance between taking pole and staying within those track limits – and when he performs under that pressure, you see why he is a triple World Champion. As for Nico, he did a great job too. The lost track time yesterday certainly wasn't an advantage for him but he took a strong P2. This track needs all-round performance from the chassis and engine and today's session shows we have both. Our long runs were good yesterday, so we will do our homework tonight and make sure to take our opportunities in the race tomorrow. 

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

An absolutely fantastic contest between Lewis and Nico. Both showed great pace all day and in the end it boiled down to a straight fight between the two of them for pole.  Both drivers managed to break the previous circuit record for this configuration of the Silverstone circuit – set by Lewis back in 2013 at the end of the V8 era – which is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved with this car. There were a few nerves amongst all of the teams with regards to track limits – including ourselves when Lewis had his first Q3 lap struck from the record.  Fortunately, however, he was able to make amends with his final run with a brilliant lap. Our congratulations to both drivers on a great performance today – and also to everyone at Brackley and Brixworth, many of whom are here supporting the team today. We look forward to tomorrow and hopefully an exciting race for all of them.

TOTAL 24 HOURS OF SPA (BEL): MERCEDES-AMG TEAMS AND DRIVERS SET FOR SPA 24-HOUR CLASSIC

 

 

Two months after the historic quadruple victory by Mercedes-AMG in the Nürburgring 24-hour race, the next endurance racing classic beckons: from 26-31 July, eight Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a top class driver line-up will be taking on the Spa 24-hour race. The teams to run the cars are BLACK FALCON, HTP Motorsport and AKKA ASP. A special highlight at the roller-coaster circuit in the Ardennes will be the participation of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 sporting a livery designed by Californian rock band, Linkin Park. Band members will be on site to root for ‘their’ race car.

For Mercedes-AMG, the Spa 24-hour race is a historic fixture: in 1971, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG won its class here and thus achieved the first major success in motorsport in the company’s history. 45 years on, Mercedes-AMG again has good chances to shine: boosted by the recent quadruple victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race, a total of eight Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be racing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – first and foremost four cars with extended AMG support. Two of these will be run by AMG-Team HTP Motorsport while AMG-Team Black Falcon and AMG-Team AKKA ASP both will be running one car.

For the driver line-up, AMG-Team Black Falcon is counting on Maro Engel and Bernd Schneider, two AMG drivers who also raced the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to 24h victory at the Nürburgring. AMG driver Yelmer Buurman, who significantly contributed to the team’s fourth place in the Eifel, will complete the line-up. AMG-Team HTP Motorsport is also ready to battle for the top positions. Having finished second in the Nürburgring marathon, the team has drafted in two drivers from the ranks of the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team: next to Maximilian Götz, DTM stalwart Gary Paffett will be behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 during a 24-hour race for the first time. The third driver of the #86 car is AMG Driver and ex DTM racer Thomas Jäger (GER). Drivers of the #84 entry, the second AMG-Team HTP Motorsport car, are AMG drivers Dominik Baumann and Maximilian Buhk. The duo will be complemented by Malaysian race driver, Jazeman Jaafar. AMG-Team AKKA ASP will be taking on its maiden 24-hour race with the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3. For its debut, the French team is running Renger van der Zande, who came second at the Nürburgring. He will be alternating with Mercedes-AMG DTM replacement and test driver, Felix Rosenqvist, and former French IndyCar driver Tristan Vautier.

Next to the four cars of the AMG Performance Teams, four additional Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by AMG Customer Sport Teams will be competing in the Spa marathon. The #56 BLACK FALCON car will have Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Oliver Morley and Miguel Toril as its drivers, plus Daniel Juncadella as another member of the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team. The #57 BLACK FALCON Customer Sport sister car will see 24-hour race winner, Adam Christodoulou, racing together with Hubert Haupt and Andreas Simonsen. Drivers of the #85 HTP Motorsport entry are Luciano Bacheta, Indy Dontje and Clemens Schmid. The #89 AKKA ASP Customer Sports car will be raced at Spa by Laurent Cazenave, Michael Lyons, Daniele Perfetti and Morgan Moullin-Traffort.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver line-up at a glance:

Nr. / Class

Team

Drivers (in alphabetical order)

#00 / PRO

AMG-Team BLACK FALCON

(Linkin Park design)

Yelmer Buurman (NED), Maro Engel (GER), Bernd Schneider (GER)

#56 / PRO-AM

BLACK FALCON

Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Oliver Morley (GBR), Miguel Toril (ESP)

#57 / PRO

BLACK FALCON

Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Hubert Haupt (GER), Andreas Simonsen (SWE)

#84 / PRO

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport

Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maximilian Buhk (GER), Jazeman Jaafar (MAS)

#85 / PRO

HTP Motorsport

Luciano Bacheta (GBR), Indy Dontje (NED), Clemens Schmid (AUT)

#86 / PRO

AMG-Team HTP Motorsport

Maximilian Götz (GER), Thomas Jäger (GER), Gary Paffett (GBR)

#88 / PRO

AMG-Team AKKA ASP

Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Tristan Vautier (FRA), Renger van der Zande (NED)

#89 / PRO-AM

AKKA ASP

Laurent Cazenave (FRA), Michael Lyons (GBR), Daniele Perfetti (SUI), Morgan Moullin-Traffort (FRA)

Debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Linkin Park livery From the eight Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the field of the Spa 24-hour race, one car in particular is in the best situation to ‘rock’ the race, in the real sense of the word: the ‘Linkin Park’ Mercedes-AMG GT3, run by AMG-Team BLACK FALCON. Fascinated by the Nürburgring 24h victory, the car and AMG enthusiasts of the Californian rock band took up the chance to become designers themselves and came up with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 sporting a Linkin Park livery for Spa. Band members will personally present the car to the public at the occasion of the 24-hour race, but the car can already be seen on the official event poster for the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The Spa 24-hour race is not just one of the major classic events in motorsport, but also has a historic aspect for the AMG brand. This heritage deserves to be built upon and after our great success at the Nürburgring, there is no doubt that we also want to use the race at Spa to underline our abilities as a sports car and performance brand. We are wishing all the teams the best of luck and we are looking forward to a thrilling 24-hour race.”

Maro Engel, AMG-Team BLACK FALCON #00: “Even though there probably is no way to top the result from the Nürburgring 24-hour race, we will do our utmost to put in a maximum performance again at Spa and to challenge for victory. It certainly will be anything but a walk in the park, because the world’s strongest teams and the best GT3 drivers will be on the grid at Spa.”

Gary Paffett, AMG-Team HTP Motorsport #86: “I am looking forward to my debut in GT racing, and in such a classic race, no less. The Spa 24-hour race is one of the undisputed highlights in GT racing and a fantastic challenge for every racing driver. I have already been able to test the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and I felt at easy straight away. Now, I am eager to find out what it will be like in the race.”

Further information about AMG Customer Sports can be found at www.mercedes-amg.com/customersports

2016 Austrian Grand Prix

 
 

TIMES TUMBLE ON OPENING DAY IN AUSTRIA

  • Nico Rosberg finished both sessions in P1 with Lewis Hamilton finishing both sessions in P2.
  • A time of 1:07:373 from Nico Rosberg in the morning session saw him set a new fastest lap of the Spielberg circuit.
  • Both drivers ran the super soft and ultra soft compound tyres in the morning session. In the afternoon Nico ran the intermediate, super soft and ultra soft tyres, while Lewis ran the soft, intermediate and ultra soft.

Driver

Chassis No.

P1

P2

Nico Rosberg

F1 W07 Hybrid/05

37 Laps

1:07.373

P1

25 Laps

1:07.967

P1

Lewis Hamilton

F1 W07 Hybrid/04

34 Laps

1:07.730

P2

19 Laps

1:07.986

P2

 

Weather

P1- Dry, Mild; P2 –Wet, Dry, Mild

Temperatures

Air: 17.1 – 24.2°C

Track: 24.8 – 43.0°C

 

Nico Rosberg

There are some changes to the circuit this year with the new asphalt and kerbing; from my point of view those changes are pretty cool and it’s still a really enjoyable track to drive. The new asphalt seems to be suiting our car quite well, maybe better even than the old tarmac, but tyre usage will be the decisive factor this weekend as we saw quite a lot of graining during our dry running. In the wet this afternoon, I found a good balance with the car, so overall I’m pretty happy with our first day.

Lewis Hamilton

It was a tricky day getting up to speed and getting laps out on track. It started coming together this morning but then the rain in the second session meant we had to adapt our programme. Luckily, the high track temperatures meant the circuit dried out very quickly, so I was able to get more running on the ultra-soft tyre before the session finished and to get a feel for the balance and performance. We didn’t have any problems today, which is definitely a positive, and there’s definitely more to come. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

It’s been a good day as we managed to do quite a lot of work despite the disruption of the rain. We had a couple of spins this morning, one for each car but no real damage was done. We needed to do a little bit of work on the balance of both cars but overall the drivers are happy with their respective performances. It’s amazing how hard it can rain and yet within an hour the track can be completely dry again. I’ve never seen anything like that – ever!

 

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