- 2013 – One Year Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes his first podium for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS at the Malaysian Grand Prix
- 2010 – Four Years Ago
Nico Rosberg takes his first podium for MERCEDES GP PETRONAS at the Malaysian Grand Prix
- 2007 – Seven Years Ago
Lewis Hamilton sets his first fastest race lap in Formula One at the Malaysian Grand Prix
27 March 1994 – 20 Years Ago:
After almost 40 years away from Grand Prix racing, Mercedes made its full Formula One return for the 1994 season: working in tandem with partner Ilmor to provide engines for the Sauber team. On 27 March of that year, the Sauber-Mercedes C13 made its debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
The Brixworth-built Mercedes-Benz 2175B V10 engine was tailor-made to suit the C13 and – in keeping with Mercedes tradition – broke the mould in its sole use of pneumatic valves as opposed to the more traditional spring valves; much like its ancestors of the 1950s with their revolutionary ‘Z-Drives’. The performance parameters of the unit were equally impressive. Producing 745 hp in qualifying trim and 730 hp for racing, it propelled the C13 from 0-100 km/h in around 2.5 seconds, up to 200 km/h in six seconds and eventually on to a top speed – with appropriate gearing and wing settings – of over 330 km/h.
A mixed debut season saw the Sauber-Mercedes Formula One partnership take eighth place in the Constructors’ World Championship, with season-best finishes of fourth place for Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger. This marked the beginning of 20 continuous seasons in Formula One; a longer unbroken run than any major manufacturer apart from Ferrari. 2014 will be the 21st season of the modern era and promises to be the year when the modern Silver Arrows truly come of age…
- 26 March 1884 – 130 Years Ago:
Carl Benz applies for a patent in France for an improved version of the controlled flame ignition which he developed for his two-stroke gas engine. His invention is protected by French patent no. 161 209.
- 30 March 1904 – 110 Years Ago:
The ‘Original Benz’ logo encircled by a gearwheel, which had been filed by Benz & Cie. on 4 September 1903, is registered as a trademark by the Imperial Patent Office.
- March 1904 – 110 Years Ago:
Ateliers Mercédès-Daimler S.A. is established in Puteaux, near Paris. The company is to act as a repair workshop and sales outlet for products not covered by the sole distribution rights held by Emil Jellinek.
- March 1914 – 100 Years Ago:
Benz shares are first listed on the Mannheim stock exchange.