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Toto: “Our priority is to give both drivers the best possible platform for an unhindered fight”

Toto: “Our priority is to give both drivers the best possible platform for an unhindered fight”

"We were immensely proud to have sealed the first ever Formula One World Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes-Benz at the first ever Russian Grand Prix a fortnight ago. The atmosphere since has been fantastic – and rightly so after the years of hard work that everybody has put into this achievement. What is particularly impressive, however, is that among the celebrations there has remained a strong sense of grounding and focus. Not just for the remainder of this season – but for the years to come. Success in Formula One does not come easily and we are determined to ensure that our performance this year is not a one-off but the first of many. For now, though, our priority is to give both drivers the best possible platform for an unhindered fight to the flag in Abu Dhabi. The first step, of course, is Austin – a weekend the whole paddock looks forward to and an important event in terms of bringing Formula One to the United States. The U.S. is the biggest consumer market in the world and the largest global market for Mercedes-Benz; thanks to the race in Austin, we can see that the US is playing a bigger role in our sport, too, with greater interest and investment at many levels. F1 has a passionate fan-base in the USA, which we can see growing all the time: the crowds at the first two races in Austin were absolutely mega, which is very encouraging for the future."

Anniversaries

Mercedes-Benz Heritage

24 October 1954 – 60 Years Ago:
In the final race of the Formula One season, the Spanish Grand Prix in Pedralbes, Juan Manuel Fangio finishes in third place. Four wins in six races, plus two more wins in a Maserati, are the outcome of his first season with Mercedes-Benz.

28 October 1994 – 20 Years Ago:
Mercedes-Benz presents its new concept for Formula One. The brand's new partner is Team McLaren International, whom Mercedes-Benz supplies with the new 3-litre V10 engine co-developed with British manufacturer Ilmor.

28 October – 7 November 1964 – 50 Years Ago:
Following on from their success the previous year, the driver team of Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser pilot their Mercedes-Benz 300 SE to victory in the Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina once again. The Dieter Glemser/Martin Braungart and Ewy von Korff-Rosqvist/Ursula Falk pairings take second and third places respectively, also at the wheel of the 300 SE. Mercedes-Benz thus claims its fourth straight win in the world's toughest endurance race.

28 – 30 October 1934 – 80 Years Ago:
Rudolf Caracciola sets a series of new standards in the W 25 record-breaking car at the Gyon track near Budapest, including a world best 317.5 km/h for the one kilometre with flying start and a record 188.6 km/h for the one mile from a standing start.

29 October 1889 – 125 Years Ago:
Panhard & Levassor delivers the first engine built under a Daimler licence in France to a customer in Barcelona. The second such engine follows on 12 December.

29 October 1989 – 25 Years Ago:
At the final race of the Sports Car World Championship in Mexico City, the driver pairing Jean-Louis Schlesser/Jochen Mass captures its fourth win of the season, which is the eighth win of the 1989 season for Sauber-Mercedes. Jean-Louis Schlesser wins the drivers' competition; runner-up is Jochen Mass. The constructors' title goes to Sauber-Mercedes by a large margin.

October 1889 – 125 Years Ago:
At the Paris World Exposition, at which a Benz Patent Motor Car is also exhibited, Daimler and Maybach present their V-engine and the motorised quadricycle (the wire-wheel car). This heralds the birth of the French automobile industry. The wire-wheel car is equipped with the four-speed, gear-only transmission invented by Maybach.

On-Track

2012 United States Grand Prix – Two Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton wins the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix to be held at the Circuit of the Americas

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