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Toto: “We need to keep the ball flat, stay humble and keep pushing”

Toto: “We need to keep the ball flat, stay humble and keep pushing”

"We are pleased to head to Canada on the back of another strong weekend in Monaco. We went into that race convinced that our rivals could outperform us and that’s how we worked to prepare for the weekend: like we were the underdogs. So we were pleased to see that we still had a good advantage at the front of the field. The team is operating at a very high level right now but we need to keep the ball flat, stay humble and keep pushing. On paper, you might say that Canada is the kind of circuit that should suit our package. But we don’t have a crystal ball and we have been bitten by that way of thinking in the past. We know that our rivals are getting closer and that we will need to extract every bit of potential to deliver a strong performance in Montreal. Lewis has a fantastic track record in Canada, Nico has the momentum from his win in Monaco. We are all looking forward to the next chapter in the story of this season."

Mercedes-Benz Heritage

9 June 1889 – 125 Years Ago:
Gottlieb Daimler has his new two-cylinder V-engine patented by the Imperial German Patent Office. The world's first V-engine has a cylinder angle of 17° and develops 1.5 hp / 1.1 kW at 600 rpm. This power unit serves as a universal drive system for road, rail and water-based vehicles, including the motorised quadricycle designed by Daimler and Maybach.

10 - 11 June 1989 – 25 Years Ago:
37 years after the first – and to date only – victory for Daimler-Benz at Le Mans, the Mercedes-Benz powered Sauber-Mercedes C 9 takes the top two places in the legendary 24-hour race. Jochen Mass, Stanley Dickens and Manuel Reuter took the wheel of one car, with Mauro Baldi, Kenny Acheson and Gianfranco Brancatelli piloting the other.

On-Track

2007 Canadian Grand Prix – Seven Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes the first pole position of his Formula One career and follows is up with his maiden Grand Prix victory to cap a memorable weekend for the British driver during an impressive debut season in the sport

2010 Canadian Grand Prix – Four Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes the 225th podium for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One with victory at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Spotlight

The Birth of the Silver Arrows – 3 June 1934 – 80 Years Ago:
A new racing formula introduced in 1934 saw maximum weight for cars limited to 750 kg (less driver, tyres, fuel, fluids) and proved the catalyst for a step change in racing technology. So it proved for Mercedes-Benz, with the introduction of the W 25; a machine that made a dominant start to this golden era.

With its streamlined form and powerful engine, the W 25 set a new standard on the track. At first showing, the 3.5 litre, eight-cylinder engine produced a mighty 354 hp, propelling the driver to speeds in the region of 300 km/h to the tune of a distinct whistling sound from the all-new supercharger. Hydraulic brakes, independent front and rear suspension, all coupled with a shell built around the engine made this the envy of the racing community.

Similar to the Targa Florio – an event at which Mercedes had enjoyed spectacular success 10 years previously with Christian Werner – the Eifelrennen formed a landmark event in the automotive calendar: its challenging course weaving through the Eifel Mountains, tackled by the latest high performance machines on both two and four wheels. The new W 25 had been scheduled to race at the Avusrennen in late May, but was withdrawn after problems during practice.

The 1934 instalment of the Eifelrennen – held on 3 June and staged on the Nürburgring circuit – gave birth to a story upon which the Mercedes-Benz brand built its reputation among motorsport’s elite. As famously recounted by former Team Director Alfred Neubauer, legend has it that, on the eve of the race, the W 25 was found to be one kilogram overweight, and was thus stripped of its traditional white paint to match the regulations. After taking a dominant victory and setting a new lap record on its debut at the hands of Manfred von Brauchitsch, the W 25 continued to race with the silver shine of its bare aluminium bodywork and later acquired the title of ‘Silver Arrow’.

From this debut triumph, the success of the W 25 continued to build, with notable victories for Rudolf Caracciola and Luigi Fagioli in a variety of prestigious motor racing events across Europe; the German further underlining the car’s performance by setting a raft of speed records during winter of that same year. Taking a total of 16 victories in major competitions between 1934 and 1936, the W 25 cemented Mercedes-Benz at the pinnacle of international motorsport and the forefront of a golden age of Grand Prix racing.

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