We are now four races into the 2014 season and hold a strong position in both Championships. However, the first European round of the year always provides a prime opportunity for teams to arrive with improvements to their cars. Of course, we are no different to any other team in that respect and our aim must be to increase the advantage we enjoyed at the last race in China. We have seen already that our rivals are relentless in their efforts to close the gap. As a team, it is up to us to rise to that challenge: to take that relentless mentality to an even greater extent than those around us. If we are to build a sustained level of success in this sport, any small advantage must be seen as a platform upon which to build a bigger advantage. We head to Barcelona on good form and in high spirits. But, most importantly, we approach the next race weekend as we approached the first: in the knowledge that there is still a long season ahead and anything can happen.
7 May 1939 – 75 Years Ago:
Hermann Lang and Rudolf Caracciola claim an impressive one-two victory in the Tripoli Grand Prix: the first and last race contested by the W 165 1.5-litre racing car. The motorsport department of Daimler-Benz had set up the new eight-cylinder car, which developed 254 hp / 187 kW from a 1.5 litre displacement, especially for the race in Tripoli.
12 May 1984 – 30 Years Ago:
A race featuring 20 identical Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3 litre16-valve cars provides the climax to the inauguration of the new Nürburgring circuit. Twenty international racing drivers, winners of various races held at the circuit over the previous 25 years, compete for victory: which ultimately goes to Ayrton Senna.
2009 Spanish Grand Prix – Five Years Ago:
Jenson Button takes the 200th Formula One podium finish for Mercedes-Benz engines with victory for Brawn GP
2013 Spanish Grand Prix – One Year Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes his 50th Formula One front row start at the wheel of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04
1954 Spanish Grand Prix – 60 Years Ago:
As the final round of a nine-race Formula One World Championship calendar, the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix marked the conclusion of an emphatic debut season for the Silver Arrows in motor racing’s elite category. Having already clinched the Drivers’ title two races earlier in Switzerland, Juan-Manuel Fangio capped off an impressive year with third place at the 6.316 km Circuit de Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. With a total of four victories, seven podiums, four pole positions and four fastest laps from seven rounds contested, Mercedes-Benz had announced its arrival on the Formula One circuit in some style.