Milestones and Memories – Australia

Milestones and Memories – Australia

Track Record

  • 1997 Australian Grand Prix – 17 Years Ago:

David Coulthard (McLaren) clinches the 10th Formula One victory for Mercedes-Benz engines and the first of the modern Grand Prix era for the marque

  • March 12 2006 – Eight Years Ago:

Nico Rosberg sets his first fastest lap in Formula One on his Grand Prix debut in Bahrain

  • 2006 Australian Grand Prix – Eight Years Ago:

Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren) scores the 150th Formula One podium for Mercedes-Benz engines

  • 2007 Australian Grand Prix – Seven Years Ago:

Lewis Hamilton takes a podium on his Formula One debut with a third-placed finish at Albert Park

  • March 16 2008 – Six Years Ago:

Nico Rosberg scores his first Formula One podium at the Australian Grand Prix

Remember When...

14 March 2010 – Four Years Ago:

The Mercedes-Benz marque returned to Formula One as a constructor after a 55 year absence, with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg bringing their MERCEDES GP PETRONAS cars home in fifth and sixth positions respectively at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Starting on option tyres from fifth on the grid, Nico had a great start to overtake future Silver Arrows team-mate Lewis Hamilton into turn six and move up to fourth position. Michael, starting from seventh on the grid, was running in sixth and also using the softer rubber. The pair made only one stop during the race, Michael on lap 15 and Nico on lap 16, to switch to the prime tyres. Nico lost a position to Lewis during the round of pit stops, with the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS pairing remained in fifth and sixth positions for the remainder of the 49-lap race. Nico chased down Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages but was unable to pass in the turbulent air. The result kicked off MERCEDES GP PETRONAS’ season in third position in the Constructors’ Championship with 18 points.

Mercedes-Benz Heritage

  • March 11 1954 - 60 Years Ago:

The newly developed Mercedes-Benz 220 (internally designated the 220 a, W 180) with its ‘Ponton’ body, and the revised 300 (internally designated 300 b, W 186) with uprated engine make their debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The luxury model 220 a, which marks the introduction of the single-joint swing axle in passenger car construction, replaced the 220 (W 187) from 1951.

  • March 15 1994 - 20 Years Ago:

Mercedes-Benz presents a new dynamic handling control system in the Swedish town of Arjeplog. Developed in cooperation with Bosch, the system would celebrate its market launch one year later as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP); representing a milestone in the development of active safety features for cars.

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