Toto: “We head to Monaco with our feet on the ground”

Toto: “We head to Monaco with our feet on the ground”

"We came away from Barcelona with plenty of positive points and the most encouraging was that our development package worked, which allowed us to maintain a healthy gap to our rivals on that circuit. But Monaco is a different story every year. It’s a place that rewards driveability, confidence and a strong qualifying performance. Most of all, though, it’s about avoiding mistakes: the drivers have no room for error and neither does the team. We have been pushing hard since the last race and nobody will be backing off in our teams at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart. We are heading to Monaco with our feet on the ground because it is a place that can bite you if you get over-confident. We have a quick Silver Arrow and Lewis and Nico are specialists around the streets. But we need to bring every piece of the puzzle together if we want to maintain our run of success next weekend."

Mercedes-Benz Heritage

24 May 2004 – 10 Years Ago:
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class celebrates a special anniversary. The cross-country vehicle series has been in production for 25 years, making the G-Class one of the vehicles with the longest production runs in the history of the automobile. Since the start of production in 1979, around 175,000 units of the G-Class have rolled off the assembly line at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, on behalf of DaimlerChrysler AG and its predecessor companies.

26 May 2004 – 10 Years Ago:
At the 2004 Engine Expo in Stuttgart, the M 275 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine developed at Mercedes-AMG receives the ‘International Engine of the Year Award’ in the category ‘Best Performance Engine’. The 450 kW / 612 hp twelve-cylinder is used in the S-Class, the CL and the SL.


21 May 1950 – 64 Years Ago:
The first ever Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is held around the streets of Monte Carlo

1999 Monaco Grand Prix – 15 Years Ago:
Mika Häkkinen takes the 25th pole position for Mercedes-Benz engines in Formula One


1955 Monaco Grand Prix – 59 Years Ago:
Held on May 22, The 1955 Monaco Grand Prix was the second round of the World Championship that year – and the first appearance for the Silver Arrows at the prestigious event in the Formula One era. Stirling Moss – who had been signed by Mercedes-Benz for the new season – lined up alongside incumbent driver and reigning World Champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. A third Silver Arrow was piloted by André Simon after regular driver Hans Herrmann injured himself in practice. Having qualified first and third respectively, Fangio and Moss dominated early proceedings: running first and second until half distance. At the halfway mark, Fangio retired with transmission trouble, handing the lead to Moss. Almost a lap ahead and seemingly guaranteed victory, the race also came to a premature conclusion for Moss after engine failure on lap 80.

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