Mercedes are one of the most successful teams to have ever competed in Formula 1. In 2020 they clinched a record-breaking seventh consecutive Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship and have won three quarters of all the races held since 2014.
Indeed, throughout the history of motor racing, the silver-coloured cars carrying the Three-Pointed Star have always been a force to be reckoned with.
From the pre-war days to the 1950s, Mercedes have a habit of winning, usually helped by attracting the best drivers of their day, whether that was Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio in the ’50s, or more recently Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
However, Mercedes were absent from Grand Prix racing for a number of decades, as they withdrew from competition following a tragic accident at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1955 in which a number of spectators were sadly killed.
In the late-1990s, Mercedes were back in the sport supplying engines to the McLaren team before the Stuttgart marque decided to make a full works return to F1 in 2010 and coaxed Michael Schumacher out of retirement to partner Nico Rosberg before Lewis Hamilton eventually replaced the legendary driver when he joined the team in 2013. The rest, as they say, is history!
Under the stewardship of the charismatic Austrian team principal Toto Wolff, Mercedes returned to the winners’ circle in 2012 and with a big change in the sport’s technical regulations for 2014, hit the ground running with an innovative turbocharged power unit. They have won every championship since.
Famously known as the Silver Arrows, the Mercedes cars changed to a black livery last year in support of the wider Black Lives Matter movement and they kept their dramatic-looking paintwork into 2021.
With nearest rivals Red Bull Racing wanting to overthrow their dominance, can Mercedes stay ahead of the opposition for an unprecedented eighth consecutive season? This year they have a fight on their hands…and the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand prix is poised to be a crucial race – if not the crucial race – in deciding if Mercedes can retain their crown for a record breaking eight consecutive year!