Prominent PlayersMichael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas, St
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One that is currently involved in Formula One is based in Brackley, United Kingdom, using a German licence.The team has four time world champion Lewis Hamilton alongside Valtteri Bottas currently driving for Mercedes. Mercedes-Benz formerly competed in Grand Prix motor racing in the 1930s. On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Lewis Hamilton would join the team from the 2013 season on wards alongside former formula one world champion Nico Rosberg, Hamilton went on to win 3 world championships and Rosberg won a world championship in 2016 for the Mercedes Formula one team.
The Mercedes Benz team started their Formula One stint in the 1930 French GP with Rudolf Caracciola and dominated the Grand Prix Motor Racing season not only because of their cars but also their Nazi Influence and funding.
Mercedes returned to Formula one in 1954 with a technologically advanced car Mercedes-Benz W196 and driver Juan Manuel Fangio transferring from Maserati to drive for the Silver Arrows mid season. This boosted the team's success rate and recorded a 1–2 victory with Fangio and Karl Kling, as well as the fastest lap. They won their debut season marking their Formula One return. They signed legendary driver Stirling Moss in the 1955 season and dominated that season as well. Due to a major crash in the LeMans, Mercedes withdrew from all forms of racing including Formula One.
The Return of Mercedes to Formula one
The Silver Arrows returned to Formula One in 2010 when Daimler AG bought majority shares in the Brawn GP team and marked the return to F1 with the same team, factory, engine and engineers. The Brawn team was rebranded as Mercedes GP Petronas Team with Nico Rosberg who came onboard from Williams Racing and Michael Schumacher who made a return to the sport after a 3 year break from it.
The new beginning for the Silver Arrows wasn’t the best as they finished 7th overall in their first season with Nico Rosberg finishing above teammate and former champion Schumacher. In 2011, Mercedes performed better than their previous year and Schumacher finished 6th ahead of Rosberg in the drivers championship. Mercedes again changed their name and added AMG instead of GP for the 2012 Season.2012 Season proved to be noteworthy for the Silver Arrows as Rosberg won the first German in a German car after Hermann Lang in 1939. Lewis Hamilton was brought onboard to replace Michael Schumacher after his poor performance in the previous seasons.
Mercedes finished second in the 2013 Season as they progressed at great speeds and took many podiums ahead of Ferrari who finished third which was a shocker. In 2014, Mercedes won their first constructors championship as the two drivers showed real good results and were consistently in points finishes through out the season which marked a huge 296 point margin between the runners up Red Bull. After the 2014, there was no stopping the Silver Arrows as they progressed with great speed and achieving every record there is. The performance remained constant through the years as they won the next three seasons not only as constructors but drivers too have won 4 Drivers Championships with Nico Rosberg winning the 2016 and Lewis Hamilton winning the 2013, 2015,16,17 seasons as the World Champion.
Nico Rosberg retired from racing after winning the 2016 season and was replaced by Valtteri Bottas who has shown amazing performances with his previous team Williams F1.
Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' championship currently.
Team Principal: Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda (Non Executive), Andy Cowell (Powertrains)