Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport will be celebrating a number of milestones at Hockenheim this weekend as the team seeks their 10th win in 11 races in 2019.
“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,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “We will also celebrate a remarkable anniversary in Hockenheim: 125 years of motorsport.
“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.
“While there is much happening off track, our primary focus remains our on-track performance. 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.”
Fresh off a thrilling victory — and the team’s seventh 1-2 finish of the season — Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are aiming for their fourth straight win at the German Grand Prix, having triumphed at the Hockenheimring in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
“The British Grand Prix was a spectacular race and a great showcase for our sport,” Wolff said. “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.
“After racing just down the road from Brackley and Brixworth, our next stop is yet another home race for the team. Hockenheim is close to our global headquarters in Stuttgart, so we look forward to seeing a lot of Mercedes family members in the paddock and the grandstands.”