|Team||Mercedes AMG Petronas|
|Power Unit||Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid|
|Car||Mercedes F1 W05|
Mercedes AMG Petronas
“Singapore is a highlight of the Formula One calendar, with its unique setting and night race format, and provides the cars and drivers with tough tests of reliability and concentration during a race which usually lasts the full two-hour time limit. The return to a maximum downforce configuration also frequently signals a shift in the competitive order between the teams.”
Toto Wolff – CEO
DRIVER STABILITY, BUT BIG CHANGES BEHIND THE SCENES
At first sight, as the only leading team on the 2014 Formula One™ starting grid to maintain its 2013 driver line-up, the Mercedes team have the security of driver stability for the current season. However, behind the scenes, there have been major organisational changes.
The retirement of former team principal Ross Brawn at the end of 2013, handing control to CEO Toto Wolff and former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe marks the biggest organisational change in the team since Mercedes made their return to Grand Prix motor racing in their own name in 2010.
Mercedes had of course, been an engine supplier to McLaren since 1995 and more recently, Force India. However the “Silver Arrow” cars had been absent from the track since a tragic racing accident in the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1955. Prior to that Mercedes had dominated Grand Prix racing in the late 1930s and again in 1954 and 1955, when they scored eight pole positions, nine fastest laps and nine race victories in 12 races, for drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.
When Mercedes returned to Formula OneTM in 2010, it also marked the return of the legendary Michael Schumacher to the track. Although race-winning success eluded the German, what was equally noteworthy was that his younger teammate Nico Rosberg rose to the challenge and more than matched his illustrious compatriot.
It was Rosberg who claimed the first win for the new generation Silver Arrows, in China in 2012 and when Schumacher retired at the end of that season, Rosberg appeared unfazed at the recruitment of 2008 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, alongside him.
Last year Rosberg scored two more victories in Monaco and Silverstone, while Hamilton claimed his maiden win for his new team in Hungary. The Mercedes F1 W04 proved fast, but hard on tyres and it was this handicap which meant the team was unable to match Red Bull in later races. However second overall in the championship proved a perfect launching point for the high-tech new 2014 car for the new season.