Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has said that his team will run a commemorative livery on their W10s this weekend.
It’s the second home race in a row for the Mercedes AMG team, as they depart their UK base at Brackley to head to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, not far from Mercedes-Benz’s global home in Stuttgart.
This week marks the 125th anniversary of the very first motor race, held between Paris & Rouen back in 1894. With a ‘Benz’ taking part in the race, this race marks the origins of Mercedes’ involvement in motorsport and Wolff has confirmed the dominant 2019 F1 team will mark this anniversary: “In 1894, the world’s first car race was held from Paris to Rouen and the winning machine had at its heart an engine manufactured to the design of Gottlieb Daimler. It was the start of a great motorsport tradition that continues to this day and we are incredibly proud to write the next chapter in this legacy. We will run a commemorative livery to pay tribute to our heritage.”
There’s no details yet of what this livery might entail, although the team have tweeted out a picture of an old brand logo to mark the anniversary week.
This year’s race is a very special event: we’re the title sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Großer Preis von Deutschland and the race will mark the 200th start for Mercedes in Formula One.” continued Wolff.
Having claimed a dominant 1-2 last time out at Silverstone, Wolff praised his drivers for their dramatic, but fair, fight in the opening laps of the British Grand Prix: “It was a spectacular race and a great showcase for our sport. It was great to see our drivers battle on track in the opening stint; they fought hard but always fair. And it was good to bounce back from the poor performance in Austria with a strong one-two finish. ”
“While there is much happening off track in Germany, our primary focus remains our on-track performance.” continued the Mercedes boss. “The weather forecast predicts high temperatures, which were extremely challenging for us in Austria, so we must stay vigilant. Like Spielberg, Hockenheim is also a relatively short circuit, which will close the gaps between different teams. We will stay humble and work hard to achieve the best possible result. “