A year to remember for the Mercedes-AMG F1 Team

  At the FIA Prize Giving Gala, Mercedes- AMG F1 Team and Lewis Hamilton receive their trophies for the Formula One World Championships Constructors and Drivers’ titles. The team is already planning their famous Christmas party to celebrate a remarkable year and their four consecutive F1 crowns. Also at the FIA Prize giving on Sunday, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ won the title “Racing Car of the Year” by Autosport.

It has been a busy season for the Silver Arrows by every measure. Every team member had to go the extra mile in order to defend the titles across a major regulation change, following a renewed challenge from our rivals at Ferrari and Red Bull. The fact that Mercedes-AMG was the first team in F1 history to achieve this goal underlines just how difficult an endeavor this was.

The stats paint the same picture: 2017 was a year of hard work, but also one of great success. Over the course of the season, the Silver Arrows won 12 of the 20 races, claimed 15 pole positions and led 714 out of 1,196 race laps. Including practice and qualifying sessions as well as pre-season and in-season tests, the two cars completed 7,789 laps, that’s 127,802 corners and 382,233 gear changes.

The numbers for Mercedes-Benz Power are equally impressive: Mercedes-Benz powered cars accrued a total of 938 points in 2017 and raced 6,783 laps, more than any other engine manufacturer. The engineers also counted a total of 21,871 completed laps, 1,075,026 gear changes and 874,840,000 fuel injections. Indeed, Hamilton completed every single racing lap but one during the 2017 season.

Mercedes-AMG  F1 W08 EQ Power+: Best Racing Car of the Year

The F1 car took the Autosport Awards for Racing Car of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Hamilton won the categories International Racing Driver and British Competition Driver. He took three prizes while attending the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Annual Awards Lunch: two BRDC Gold Stars – one in recognition of the strongest performance of the year in international motorsport, the other one for winning the Formula 1 Drivers’ title, and the Johnny Wakefield Trophy for the fastest lap of the Silverstone circuit. Hamilton is now the most decorated recipient of BRDC Gold Stars in the history of the Club, surpassing the record of 10 Gold Stars previously set by Stirling Moss.

Mercedes-AMG F1 Team take Constructors’ honors for the 4th year in a row

For the fourth consecutive time, the F1 Constructors’ title was awarded to Mercedes. And it was also the fourth time that Hamilton collected the F1 Drivers’ title trophy, all of which he won in a Mercedes-powered car; one with the McLaren-Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton with Sébastien Ogier, Toto and Suzie Wolff during the FIA Prize Giving at Versailles on december 8 2017 – Photo Frédéric Le Floc’h / DPPI

Team Principal Toto Wolff summed it up, “This has been a very challenging season for us. We knew that we set ourselves an ambitious goal when we said that we want to defend the titles across a major regulation change. We raced against some very strong opponents who put up a good fight. So every team member had to work extra hard in order to reach our target. I am incredibly proud of the accomplishment and I want to thank everyone in Brixworth, Brackley and Stuttgart for their hard work. It’s great to see the all the other motorsport champions being honored here, as well.”