We head to the next race in China with good momentum behind us and motivation is extremely high. The team is now at a level where success is not a bonus but an expectation. After three races we find ourselves in a strong position in both Championships but we are under no illusions that our position is a given. We must take the good moments and use them as inspiration in the on-going push to achieve our goals. The race in Bahrain was quite simply brilliant to watch: one of the best in recent memory, in fact. This is what we go racing for and it was a strong advert for the sport: in particular under these new regulations. I think that in itself proves that we are moving in the right direction. Though we have enjoyed a positive start to the season, with time the balance of the field will start to even out and it’s a credit to the people within the sport that we can see such significant advancements throughout the grid already. If we are to sustain any sort of advantage that we may currently have, it’s up to us to keep raising the bar in every area.
Milestones and Memories: The Chinese Grand Prix
14 April 2013 – One Year Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes the 10th pole position for the Silver Arrows in Formula One
15 April 2007 – Seven Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes his first front row start in Formula One at the Bahrain Grand Prix
2012 Chinese Grand Prix – Two Years Ago:
The 2012 Chinese Grand Prix would prove a landmark event for both the Silver Arrows and Nico Rosberg. Victory at the third race of the season gave the three-pointed star its first win since returning to the sport as a constructor in 2010. It would also mark the 10th Formula One victory in the history of the Silver Arrows: the most recent before that being the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, won by Juan Manuel Fangio. For Nico, it was a weekend to remember. After taking his first Formula One pole position on Saturday, a dominant performance on Sunday gave him his maiden Grand Prix victory at the 111th attempt. In doing so, Nico also became the first German driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix for a German constructor.
9-18 April 2004 – 10 Years Ago:
At the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Mercedes-AMG presents the SL 65 AMG with V12 engine and twin turbochargers as the new top-of-the-range SL model. With 450 kW / 612 hp and 1000 Nm it has the most power and torque of any production roadster in the world.
18 April 2004 – 10 Years Ago:
In the curtain-raiser to the 2004 DTM season at the Hockenheimring, Gary Paffett posts his first DTM victory and a first win for the new AMG-Mercedes C-Class touring car.
13 April 1994 – 20 Years Ago:
At its Research Centre in Ulm, Daimler-Benz presents a fuel cell powered vehicle based on the MB 100 and christened NECAR (New Electric Car). The only exhaust gases emitted by this new model - developed in close cooperation with the Canadian firm Ballard Power Systems based in Vancouver - are fresh air and water vapour.
16 April 1986 – 28 Years Ago:
Mercedes DTM driver Paul di Resta is born