Canada was a weekend of mixed emotions. On the one side, we had strong pace throughout the weekend. On the other, a small glitch in what has been an extremely reliable package so far this season proved to be extremely detrimental when it really counted on Sunday. It’s something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again. Nico drove a fantastic race to maintain second position, while it was just a case of extremely bad luck for Lewis who was forced to retire. Obviously, Nico now holds an increased gap at the top of the Championship, but Lewis is a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever. There is still a long way to go with twelve races remaining – thirteen if you count the double points round – so his challenge is far from over. This race shows how quickly things can change – not just between drivers, but between teams also – so we will be pushing harder than ever to ensure that we do not give away any more valuable points to our rivals.
17 June 1904 – 110 Years Ago:
The 90 hp Mercedes racing cars driven by Camille Jenatzy, Baron Pierre de Caters and Hermann Braun take second, third and fifth places respectively in the fifth Gordon Bennett Race, held in the Taunus mountains in Germany.
18 June 2004 - 10 Years Ago:
DaimlerChrysler hands over the first fuel cell powered passenger cars to German customers at Mercedes World on the Salzufer in Berlin. Partners Deutsche Telekom and BEWAG/Vattenfall Europe receive four A-Class F-Cell cars for their fleets. Under the joint Clean Energy Partnership project, the first regular service station for fuel cell cars in Europe commences operation.
21 June 1964 - 50 Years Ago:
Eugen Böhringer and Dieter Glemser win overall victory in the six-hour race at the Nürburgring, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE at an average speed of 127.2 km/h.
1998 Austrian Grand Prix – 16 Years Ago:
Mercedes-Benz power takes its 10th one-two finish in Formula One, courtesy of McLaren Mercedes drivers Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard.
18 June 1950 – 64 Years Ago:
The Inaugural Belgian Grand Prix is held around the original Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which measured in excess of 14 km.
24 June 1911 – 103 Years Ago:
Juan Manuel Fangio is born. Considered one of the greatest drivers of all time, the Argentine took a total of five Formula One World Championship titles with four different manufacturers. However, there was something very special about his relationship with Mercedes-Benz. Fangio had been working as a dealer for the Stuttgart-based brand in Argentina since 1951 and, following the end of his racing career, became President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina S.A. in 1974.
It was at the French Grand Prix on 4 July 1954 that Mercedes-Benz made its first ever appearance with the latest, all-new incarnation of the legendary Silver Arrows: the W 196 R. As the leading figure in the marque’s campaign to win the Formula One World Championship in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, Fangio formed an almost symbiotic partnership with the W 196 R, taking an emphatic victory at the Reims circuit. The result was all the more significant as, exactly 40 years previously, Christian Lautenschlager drove to victory for Mercedes-Benz in in Lyon.
Despite being aged 43 at the time, making him older than many of the other drivers in the field, this would be far from a fabulous finale to Fangio’s glittering career. Instead, his first win for Mercedes-Benz at the wheel of the W 196 R marked the start of an extraordinary success story. During 1954 and 1955, Fangio lined up on the starting grid for the Mercedes-Benz team at a total of 19 Formula One and touring car races, recording ten wins and a number of other impressive results, including a solo drive to second place at the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S).