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This article is about the 2010-2013 team. For the team which competed as Daimler Benz AG from 1926-1939 and 1954/55, see Mercedes-Benz. For Mercedes engines see Mercedes (Engine Supplier).
Germany Mercedes
Mercedes AMG Petronas logo
Full Name Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
Base Brackley, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Noted Staff United Kingdom Ross Brawn

United Kingdom Bob Bell

United Kingdom Nick Fry

Germany Norbert Haug

Noted Drivers Germany Michael Schumacher

Germany Nico Rosberg

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton

Previous Name Brawn GP
Formula One World Championship
Years Active 2010-2013
Debut 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Competed 77
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Wins 4
Poles 7
Fastest Laps 4
Final race 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, previously Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, is a Formula One racing team, based in Brackley, United Kingdom, using a German licence. Mercedes had been involved in the pre-war European Championship and breifly in Formula One during 1954 and 1955. Mercedes-Benz returned to Formula One for the 2010 season after buying a minority stake (45.1%) in the Brawn GP team.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Formula OneEdit

2010Edit

Mercedes-Benz returned to Formula One for the 2010 season after buying a minority stake (45.1%) in the Brawn GP team with Aabar Investments purchasing 30% on 16 November 2009, with Ross Brawn continuing his duties as team principal and the team retaining its base and workforce in Brackley, close to the Mercedes-Benz Formula One engine plant (formerly Ilmor Engineering) in Brixworth. Following the purchase of the team, as well as a sponsorship deal with Petronas, the team was rebranded as Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. The team hired German drivers Nico Rosberg, seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher, who returned to Formula One after a three-year absence, and Nick Heidfeld as the test and reserve driver.

The team's performance during 2010 was not so competitive as under Brawn, with the team behind the leading three teams of Ferrari, McLaren, and Red Bull Racing. Their best results came from Rosberg finishing on the podium three times, scoring third places at Sepang, Shanghai, and Silverstone. Rosberg eventually finished in seventh place, but Schumacher had a disappointing return, being beaten by his teammate and finishing the season without a single race win, podium, pole position, or fastest lap for the first time since his début season in 1991. He also was involved in a controversy in Hungary after nearly squeezing former Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello into the wall at 180 mph (290 km/h). Ultimately, the team finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship, with 214 points.

2011Edit

Prior to the 2011 season, Daimler and Aabar purchased the remaining 24.9% stake owned by the team management in February 2011. During the season, Schumacher and Rosberg became frustrated as team were unable to improve on their form as F1's fourth power, a fair way off frontrunners Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari. Again, the team finished fourth in the Constructors Championship just as in 2010, with 165 points with no wins, podiums, or poles. Season highlights included Schumacher's fourth-place finish in Canada and Rosberg's third-place grid slot in Turkey.

2012Edit

In December 2011 the team was renamed 'Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team', incorporating the AMG brand. At the start of the season the team was the subject of protest over the use of a "radical" rear wing concept on the Mercedes F1 W03. Which was not settled until the third race in China when the stewards unanimously rejected the protest. At the third race of the season in China, Rosberg took the team's first pole position as a works team since Fangio in 1955; Schumacher finished the session third, but moved up to second after a grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton. The team secured its first win in 57 years when Nico Rosberg finished first in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. In addition to that, Rosberg became the first German driver to win a Grand Prix driving a German car since Hermann Lang´s victory at the 1939 Swiss Grand Prix. However they finished the season in fifth place with only 142 points.

2013Edit

On 28th September 2012, it was announced that Lewis Hamilton had signed a three year deal to partner Nico Rosberg from the 2013 season replacing the departing Michael Schumacher. On 26 May 2013 Nico Rosberg capitalised on a pole position to award the team its first win of 2013 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Mercedes then went on to take third place in the Canadian Grand Prix courtesy of Hamilton, followed by another win for Rosberg at the British Grand Prix after the team took 1–2 in qualifying. The team then celebrated their third win of the season after Hamilton took his first victory for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix, resulting in second place ahead of Ferrari in the constructors championship with 360 points, their best since their return.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Points WCC
2010 MGP W01 FO 108X 2.4 V8 B BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 214 4th
Germany Michael Schumacher 6 10 Ret 10 4 12 4 11 15 9 9 11 7 9 13 6 4 7 Ret
Germany Nico Rosberg 5 5 3 3 13 7 5 6 10 3 8 Ret 6 5 5 17 Ret 6 4
2011 MGP W02 FO 108Y 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 165 4th
Germany Michael Schumacher Ret 9 8 12 6 Ret 4 17 9 8 Ret 5 5 Ret 6 Ret 5 7 15
Germany Nico Rosberg Ret 12 5 5 7 11 11 7 6 7 9 6 Ret 7 10 8 6 6 7
2012 F1 W03 FO 108Z 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 142 5th
Germany Michael Schumacher Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 7 7 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 13 22 11 16 7
Germany Nico Rosberg 12 13 1 5 7 2 6 6 15 10 10 11 7 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 13 15
2013 F1 W04 FO 108F 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN KOR JPN IND ABU USA BRA 360 2nd
Germany Nico Rosberg Ret 4 Ret 9 6 1 5 1 9 19 4 6 4 7 8 2 3 9 5
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 5 3 3 5 12 4 3 4 5 1 3 9 5 5 Ret 6 7 4 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_in_Formula_One
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/mercedes.aspx

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