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Nico Rosberg to attend DTM curtain-raiser at Hockenheimring

Celebrity guest to attend the DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg will be making a guest appearance in Hockenheim on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. The Grand Prix winner knows the DTM well from his time in the Formula 3 Euro Series which forms part of the support programme for the DTM. The last time he attended a DTM event was the corresponding fixture in 2012 when the season also opened at Hockenheim. This was shortly after he had claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Chinese Grand Prix. He delighted fans at Hockenheim with demo laps in an historic Silver Arrow that had been driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955.

AMG Customer Sports: Seasonal outlook 2013 - From the US to Japan – SLS AMG GT3 starts on five continents

The customer sports program of Mercedes-AMG will take an active part in the 2013 racing year all over the globe. The SLS AMG GT3 will moreover start in the US for the first time. In the 2013 motorsports season, the race version of the gullwing car will take part in more than 22 race series on five continents. The German team H.T.P. Motorsport will enter three SLS AMG GT3 into the new FIA GT World. Seyffarth Motorsport will participate in the race series as well. The gullwings will fight for the overall victory in the 24-hour races of Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). Three SLS AMG GT3 are expected to participate in the German ADAC GT Masters. Three teams will be facing the competition in the Japanese Super GT Series. Two SLS AMG GT3 were recently entered into the US American Pirelli World Challenge by the teams Black Swan and Green Hornet Racing.

In action for the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship™: The SLS AMG GT and the C 63 AMG Estate help to ensure safety in Formula 1®

In the new 2013 Formula 1® season, Mercedes-AMG will once again help to ensure safety at all Formula 1® races forming part of the FIA Formula One World Championship™. For the 18th year the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz is providing the Official F1® Safety Car and the Official F1® Medical Car. The SLS AMG GT with 435 kW (591 hp) and the C 63 AMG Estate with 358 kW (487 hp) will be deployed at the direction of Race Control officials usually when weather or incidents are considered to impact on the safety of a race. The two AMG high-performance cars had their first appearance at the opening race of the Formula 1® season in Melbourne/Australia (14 to 17 March) the 2013 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX. The second race of the season, the 2013 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix will take place this weekend.

STIHL shifts focus of DTM involvement with Mercedes-Benz to car sponsorship – new driver Robert Wickens

STIHL has reaffirmed its commitment to the DTM by signing up as a car sponsor with Mercedes-Benz. Commencing with the season opener at Hockenheim on 5th May, the logo of the world’s best-selling chainsaw will be displayed prominently on the orange and white corporate livery of the STIHL Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. Co-sponsoring the car driven by Robert Wickens will be the popular RTL II TV show ‘GRIP – The Motor Magazine’ and its sister print publication.

F1 Gossip: McLaren's title sponsor Vodafone leaves F1 business at the end of 2013

Starting last year, there has been some speculation regarding the possibility that leading global mobile communication provider Vodafone would not extend its partnership with McLaren-Mercedes beyond the 2013 Formula 1 season.

Jenson Button and Sergio 'Checo' Perez - a perfect blend

Jenson and Checo continue the trend of evolution through history.

Jenson begins his fourth season at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as the team’s most experienced driver. Indeed, during his time here, he has won more races (eight) and scored more points (672) than during the rest of his 10-year Formula 1 career.

For 2013, he is keenly anticipating the opportunity to maximise all his skill and depth of experience to spearhead the development of the car across the championship season.

By contrast, Checo is starting only his third season in Formula 1, aged 23. Young, eager to learn, and already impressing the team with his ability to absorb information, he is perfectly poised to benefit from the team’s professionalism and experience as he develops and gathers pace during his important first season as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver.

Our driver pairing is the perfect blend of youth and experience.

We will once again be targeting both the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships. The ongoing strength in depth of the organisation, plus the exciting addition of Sergio to the proven package of Jenson gives the whole team strong encouragement and motivation for the year ahead.

~ Official photos and details courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ~

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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes premieres new MP4-28 car for the 2013 F1 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes-Benz launched the new MP4-28 2013 title contender during a special presentation ceremony held at Woking, United Kingdom. The new driver lineup for the upcoming F1 season, consisting of former champion Jenson Button and newcomer Sergio 'Checo' Perez, has also been introduced in front of the media and guests invited at team's headquarters. Follow after the jump for the official press release and further technical data on the new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 single-seater. Enjoy!

Lewis Hamilton officially introduced as new MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver at Brixworth

Lewis Hamilton has long had a piece of Stuttgart in his apartment in Monaco. Actually: Two pieces. Firstly, Michael Schumacher's helmet. He exchanged helmets with his predecessor in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team. In just the same way that football players swap shirts. And secondly the steering wheel from his new Mercedes AMG F1 W04, in which he will compete in the new season. To familiarize himself with it. "I want to win and I am 100% committed", said the 28-year-old British driver during his visit to Stuttgart on 21 January. "With the Silver Arrows and the visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the AMG production I am beginning a new chapter". Nevertheless, the team must proceed step-by-step to close the final gap to the other top teams.

OFFICIAL: New F1 W04 coming 4th February!

Today, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS confirmed the launch of the new F1 W04 single-seater will take place Monday, 4th February, at the Jerez Circuit in Spain. The official unveiling ceremony of the 2013 season car will be held on the start/finish line of the track, in the presence of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Ross Brawn, from 13:30 (CET).

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Early look: First glimpse of Mercedes-Benz's new Formula 1 V6 engine for the 2014 season

The first photos emphasizing Merc's all new 6-cylinder unit for Formula 1 cars hit the internet a few days ago. Developed by the experts from Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) headquartered at Brixworth, UK, the unit will be used starting with the 2014 season, when the new F1 regulations come into force.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: Changes ahead for the 2013 Formula 1™ Season

Formula 1™ is a constantly changing sport even when the technical regulations stay the same. Every year we at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will change almost every aspect of our cars to keep pace with development – on average we develop a new part for our F1 cars every seven minutes, seven days a week, 12 months a year.

Successful 2012 motorsports season for AMG Customer Teams: SLS AMG GT3: 9 titles and 43 victories

AMG Customer Teams acting around the globe showed a high level of teamwork in the 2012 motorsports season. With 9 titles and 43 successes, the SLS AMG GT3 scored numerous impressive successes on four continents. One of the highlights is the winning of the driver and team title in the FIA GT3 European Championship for AMG Customer Team HEICO-Gravity Charouz, the winning of the driver and team title in the FIA GT1 World Championship by ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, the driver and team title in the ADAC GT Masters for kfzteile24 MS RACING Team as well as the championship title for PETRONAS Syntium Team in the Japanese Super Taikyu Series.

Entering the cold season with Mercedes-Benz: Tackling winter safely and comfortably

With the right equipment, winter need not be quite so daunting for drivers. Quite the contrary in fact – in a vehicle fitted with good tyres and the appropriate accessories, you can relax and start to enjoy the joys of winter and a variety of winter sports. And to help you on your way, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH and Mercedes-Benz sales partners offer a whole host of appropriate, tailor-made equipment for drivers of all of the company's vehicles.

Michael Schumacher to attend DTM season opener at Hockenheim

The DTM enters a new era on 29 April, with spectacular new cars and a third premium manufacturer competing for the title. They are all good reasons why Michael Schumacher will attend the opening race of the world’s most popular touring car series. Michael will be at Hockenheim for the opening race weekend of the DTM’s new era as a guest of Mercedes-Benz.

Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2012: Race Report - Lewis P3, Jenson P14 (VMM)

- MP4-27A-03
- Started: 1st
- Finished: 3rd
- Fastest lap: 1m41.539s (+0.817s, 6th)
- Pitstops: Three: laps 5, 14 and 41 (Inter-Full Wet-Inter-Op)
- Points: 30 (2nd)

“This was a tough but fascinating race – firstly, I want to offer my congratulations to Fernando [Alonso] and Sergio [Perez] – they both drove great races and did a fantastic job.

“It was pretty eventful race: it was difficult trying to judge the best time to change from Extreme Wets to Intermediates, and we were probably a little late on that – but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“Today wasn’t perfect – making the call for slicks is always a risk, and the others went a bit earlier than us. In general, we lost some time in the pitstops and I was pushed out of the fight somewhat. But, all in all, it’s been a positive weekend and I’m not too frustrated. My aim for this season was always to be consistent – I did it in 2007 so I’m trying to repeat that!

“A big thanks to Lucozade for doing such a great job with the new race hydration formulations this weekend – they’ve really made a difference in such a hot and humid climate. For me, the next races will be all about converting our really strong qualifying pace into equally strong race pace – that’s what I’ll be working in the few weeks ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.”

- MP4-27A-02
- Started: 2nd
- Finished: 14th
- Fastest lap: 1m42.100s (+1.378s, 14th)
- Pitstops: Five: laps 4, 13, 15, 24 and 39 (Inter-Full Wet-Inter-Inter (& front wing change)-Inter-Op)
- 2011 points: 25 (3rd)

“Today was a pretty difficult day; pretty much everything that could have gone wrong in the race did go wrong. And that’s just one of those things – a lot of my issues were brought on when I wiped my front wing off at the start: I locked up the rears, couldn’t slow the car down and hit Karthikeyan, which was a bit frustrating. So I had to pit for a new nose, and that was pretty much it.

“And it’s always going to be tough when you’re down in 14th or 15th position. All the cars were so close and it was difficult to overtake, too. That made it very difficult.

“Big congratulation to Fernando, Sergio and Lewis, who scored more good points for the team – but it just wasn’t a good day for me today. The amazing thing is that I’m still third in the championship after not scoring any points!

“This wasn’t really the result I wanted – but, hey, chin up: we’ll move forwards and hopefully have a much better weekend in China!”

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Today certainly wasn’t the day I was expecting! Firstly, this was a terrific race for Ferrari and a great result for Sauber – congratulations to both teams. It’s frustrating for us, as the race didn’t really go our way, but today’s result is great for the sport of Formula 1.

“For Jenson, it was simply a bad day in the office – losing a front wing in tricky conditions was always going to make it a hard afternoon for him.

“Lewis was somewhat unlucky, too: Ferrari’s ‘double-shuffle’ pitstop meant we were obliged to hold Lewis in his pitbox longer than we would have liked, but that’s motor racing. Nevertheless, he brought home some extremely valuable world championship points – his 15 points today consolidate Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ position at the top of the constructors’ championship.

“Today’s conditions were always going to represent something of a roll of the dice. We didn’t quite manage everything today, and we’ll go back and analyse our performance, but in normal dry conditions we’ve shown that we’ve got decent pace. There’s a long season ahead, and with one victory and two strong podium positions, we can return to Europe extremely encouraged about the forthcoming races.”

* Official photos and report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes *

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Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2012: Race Report - Michael P10, Nico P13 (MBAMGF1)

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finished the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix in 10th and 13th places respectively today.

• Starting from third, Michael’s car was touched on the first lap leading to a spin which dropped him to 16th at the end of lap one
• The rain falling prior to the race increased in intensity from lap four and led to a red flag on lap nine and a 51 minute delay
• After the restart, both Michael and Nico struggled to get the best from their tyres and were not able to fight for positions
• Michael stopped on laps 5, 14 and 39, with an intermediate/wet/intermediate/prime tyre usage
• Nico stopped on laps 5, 13, 26 and 39, with an intermediate/wet/intermediate/intermediate/prime tyre usage

Michael Schumacher
“From where I started the race, it’s a real shame to grab just one point at the end today, and of course I would have wished for a better finish for our team after their hard work. However I was touched at the back soon after the start and the car spun which really decided my afternoon. During the first part of the race, I just tried to stay on track as you couldn’t see anything, and it was the right decision to halt the race. After the re-start, the pace wasn´t that far off but it was the same for a lot of teams so there was no way to gain positions. It’s clear from today that there is still a lot of work for us to do to take our pace from qualifying into the race, and I am sure the guys are already thinking very hard about finding a solution. But this will not be done from one race to another, it will take some time, and we need to give it that time. Still it is a fact that we have improved, so I can fly home now being sure about this and looking forward to fighting in the races to come.”

Nico Rosberg
“That was an unlucky day for me after an eventful race. I had a good restart and because of a good strategy I was in fourth position. But then I had problems with my intermediate tyres; the degradation was very high which forced me to do another pit stop for a new set. The positive thing is that on my last stint with the slicks, I had good pace and because of my tyre management, I was able to beat Jenson. We are strong in qualifying but not yet in the race, and we need to work on that before the next race in China.”

Ross Brawn
“It’s a very disappointing end to what had been such a positive weekend here in Malaysia. Clearly we have a conundrum with this car that we have to unravel. After such an encouraging qualifying session, and indeed the fuel runs that we did on Friday, we struggled to get the tyres to work properly in the race today. There were little windows when we seemed to get them working and other times where we fell out of them completely. I don’t believe that we are abusing the tyres, just not using them properly, and it’s a problem that we have to solve if we are going to move forward with the car. It is especially disappointing after the potential we have shown, however I am confident that we have enough strength and the right people to unravel the problem. We will be getting our heads down back at the factory next week and doing just that.”

Norbert Haug
“From P3 Michael did not have the best start but was still in a top five slot when he was spun around during the first lap and passed the start and finish line in P16. After the restart, things did not go any better and we never really could cope with the wet conditions and the drying out track on which nobody has had the opportunity to test before the race. Other teams could obviously handle these mixed conditions better and all credit to them. Both Ferrari and Sauber did a great job today so congratulations to those teams, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez. We obviously did not have the set-up to make the best out of these tricky conditions today. We brought Nico in and put him on slicks which was a calculated risk that finally did not pay off. Our car has got speed and we will continue to work hard to generate this speed in the race as well as in qualifying.”

Official photos and report courtesy of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

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