The 2014 season marked the beginning of a new area in Formula One with the introduction of the Hybrid Power Units. It was to be the start of an extraordinary success story for the Silver Arrows. Our two drivers, Lewis and Nico, took 16 wins from 19 races and fought each other for the World Championship title right up until the season finale.
Of the two, Nico got the better start to the season. The German won the season opener in Melbourne and so, was the first to lead the standings of the new season. His team-mate, Lewis, had secured pole position in qualifying but was forced to retire from the race immediately after the start.
However, Lewis hit back just two weeks later. He again secured pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix and did not let anyone get in the way of victory this time. For Lewis, this success in the home race of title partner, Petronas, was the start of a series of four wins in a row.
After taking wins in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain, Lewis was to finish second behind Nico, around the streets of Monaco, who won his home town race for the second successive time. The team then had a tough weekend in Canada.
While Lewis retired, Nico produced a fantastic spirited performance, managing to come home second at the finish line, despite having had to contend with the permanent loss of his MGU-K drive since the 37th lap due to a fault in the control unit.
The return of the Austrian Grand Prix was next up on the Formula One racing calendar – and what a race that was! Nico and Lewis took a one-two from Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, which meant that cars powered by Mercedes-Benz Power Units secured the top four places. After winning the home race of Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff, the team headed to the home Grands Prix of Lewis and Nico, which were each won by their respective local heroes.
After the team failed to finish on the top spot of the podium in Hungary and Belgium, Lewis returned to winners' row in Italy and started another run of wins which was to last for the five races from Italy, through to Singapore, Japan, Russia and Austin.
It was not until the penultimate race of the season in Brazil that Nico was again able to consign Lewis to second place. The winner of the championship title would now be decided at the finale in Abu Dhabi. While Nico had to struggle through technical problems, Lewis dominated the race, thereby securing his second world title and his first with the Silver Arrows.
In the meantime, Mercedes AMG Petronas secured the Constructors' World Championship with a total of 701 world championship points to Red Bull's 405 and Williams' 320. The team scored points in all 19 races, winning every race that season apart from three. Lewis booked eleven wins to Nico's five, but the German was in front in the battle for pole positions with eleven versus Lewis' seven.