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Hat-trick for Mercedes-Benz: Top-scoring engine manufacturer for third year in a row

Hat-trick for Mercedes-Benz: Top-scoring engine manufacturer for third year in a row

Mercedes-Benz achieved the most championship points of all engine manufacturers contesting the 2011 Formula One season. Silver Arrow works team MERCEDES GP PETRONAS and the two Mercedes partner teams, McLaren and Force India, secured a total of 731 championship points.

Formula One engines constructed by Mercedes-Benz have delivered the most championship points in each of the last three seasons since 2009. MERCEDES GP PETRONAS (Brawn GP, 2009), McLaren Mercedes and Force India utilised the Mercedes-Benz V8 engine during this period.

Between 2009 and 2011, they completed 89.2% of the total race mileage, taking 1,723 championship points in 196 points-scoring finishes and secured 58 podium finishes and 21 victories - clear proof of the success of the Mercedes policy of equal treatment for all its teams.

Mercedes-Benz engines reached two milestones in the 2009 season: Jenson Button (Brawn GP) won three races with the same engine for the first time, and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) posted an historic first win with a Formula One KERS hybrid car in the Hungarian GP.

At the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix, three drivers (Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg) enjoyed a podium finish running units supplied by the same manufacturer for the first time in the V8 engine era; the Silver Arrows achieved a similar 1-2-3-4 success in the 1955 British Grand Prix, some 20,000 days previously.

V8 engine FY043-01 covered the greatest distance during this three-year period, completing a total of 3,037 km in the 2011 season. Six vehicles powered by Mercedes-Benz engines finished in the top ten at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the first time in the history of modern Formula One. The three teams running Mercedes-Benz engines completed 92% of the possible total race mileage of 5,797.51 km during the 2011 season.

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