The Mercedes AMG stable, great favorite of the Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 Sunday for the opening of the 2014 season, did everything this winter to be able to triumphantly celebrate its 120 years of competition.
The first exit victorious, a Daimler engine competition was to frame the Paris-Rouen race (126 km) of 22 July 1894, won a tie at 20 km / h average, a Panhard Levassor and Peugeot . They were both equipped with a V-twin engine developing a whopping … 3.5 horses. We are approximately 350 in the powerful current Mercedes sedans .
Time has passed. There was also a historic treble in 1914, at a GP of France that lasted seven hours, near Lyon, with 4-cylinder engine, 16 valves, developing 106 hp. And two memorable victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1952 with the fabulous 300 SL, and in 1989, with a Sauber Mercedes, and an absolute tragedy in 1955, when the engine Pierre Levegh went into the crowd, killing 81 spectators.
Goal: 100 Victories In F1
In Formula 1, the meter reads 99 wins (and 99 pole positions) for Mercedes engines, a series initiated by the incomparable Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 in Reims, and continued in 2013 by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Of these 99 wins, 78 were obtained by McLaren, 8 by Brawn GP in 2009 and only 13 by Silver Arrows full, chassis and engine.
Sunday at Albert Park in Melbourne, two fighter pilots Mercedes AMG (Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg) will inaugurate a hybrid turbo V6 engine of 1.6 liter capacity, double-regenerative (braking and exhaust). An engine that has taken years of research, design, development, for a total unquantifiable budget.
The new engine, which will also propel 2014 McLaren, Williams and Force India, can take one of two, Hamilton and Rosberg, the world title. Nothing to worry the British world champion 2008, already a Mercedes engine in the back.
“With Nico, we know for a long time and we are fighting on the track since the age of 13 years. We have always respected and there is no reason to change that, “Hamilton said Thursday on the beach in St. Kilda, during the press conference ritual Mercedes season.
Rosberg agrees with his best friend in the paddock, as he became resident in Monaco: “We have always been able to solve this kind of problems. We laugh together, but we also know that angry about this, when it does not work. ” This was the case last year in Malaysia because of race instructions misunderstood, misinterpreted. There was no wave.
Hamilton: “An Exciting Moment”
“We not only two of the fastest riders, but also the fairest,” says Toto Wolff, director of Mercedes AMG. Two aces have a lot of running this winter, much talk with engineers and signed each day excellent times.
“This is an exciting time. We had a good winter and absolutely everything to be ready this weekend” said Hamilton. “Everybody talks about us and provides the future, but we can not know what will happen. You just keep your head down and concentrate on what you do, without getting upset or distracted by what others are doing. It should especially stay on track” said he added.
Mercedes is a favorite, of course, but there are 19 GP to go. “The season will be long,” predicts Sebastian Vettel. The quadruple world champion, German too, will defend tooth and nail against the armada Mercedes, driving his Red Bull Renault engine.