At the beginning of the 2013 season, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS welcomed a new driver for the first time since the team’s inception in 2010. 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton joined the team to race alongside Nico Rosberg who would be starting his fourth season with the team.
Former McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis replaced Michael Schumacher, who had concluded his active Formula 1 career at the end of 2018 after contesting a total of 308 Grands Prix. Since April 2013, Michael has represented Mercedes-Benz as a partner and ambassador.
Lewis finished third in the second race of the season to claim his first podium for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. Nico was fourth, producing a good result overall for the team. A Silver Arrow driver started from pole position in each of the four races that followed, from China through to Monaco. Lewis repeated his podium finish at Sepang in the season’s third race in Shanghai. Nico’s finest hour then struck in his home race at Monaco.
Nico secured his team’s first victory of the 2013 season at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in his hometown of Monte Carlo. He achieved his win exactly 30 years after his father Keke had claimed his second grand prix victory at the same venue in 1983.
Shortly after Lewis had secured his third podium finish in a Silver Arrow in Canada, Nico went on to claim his second victory of the season (and third of his career) in the team’s home race at Silverstone, close to the Technical Centres of both Brackley and Brixworth. Lewis finished fourth after leading strongly from pole position in the opening laps, only to suffer a tyre failure which put him to the back of the field and preceded a dashing comeback drive.
Lewis took pole position four times in a row, from Silverstone through to Spa-Francorchamps, finishing all four races in the top five. What is more, he claimed his first victory for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in the Hungarian Grand Prix at a circuit that had brought him a lot of luck in the past; Lewis achieved an historic, first KERS hybrid victory in the 2009 season at the Hungaroring in a McLaren Mercedes.
After the summer break, Lewis (Belgium) and Nico (India and Abu Dhabi) gained three further podiums and finished every race in the points, not counting Lewis’s retirement in Japan.
The fight for second place in the Constructors’ World Championship turned out to be particularly exciting. In a thrilling season finale in Brazil, Nico and Lewis placed fifth and ninth to secure the points needed to see off competition from Ferrari and Lotus.
Nico and Lewis achieved three wins, eight pole positions and nine podium finishes during the course of the season. A Silver Arrow started on the front row of the grid a total of 16 times. Lewis finished fourth in the Drivers’ World Championship at the end of the season, and Nico was sixth. MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS was second in the Constructors’ Championship, achieving the best result to date in the team’s history.
At the end of the season, Mercedes-Benz announced a change in the leadership team for 2014. Ross Brawn will stand down from his position as Team Principal at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS with effect from the end of the year and hand over the reins to Toto Wolff, Executive Director (Business) and Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical).