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The Austro-Hungarian consul in Nice in was Emil Jellinek and in 1899 he several racing versions of the car which had been built by the company. Jellinek tried out the new car the Nice Speed Week in 1899 and did not like it. He tried the following year but on the La Turbie Wilhelm Bauer crashed one of and was killed. Jellinek suggested Gottlieb Daimler build racing car for 1901 and commissioned a run of 36 of Daimler agreed to call the Mercedes after Jellinek’s The new car was an immediate success with Werner winning the flying competition during the Nice Week and winning the Nice-Salon-Nice In 1902 Count Louis acquired one and finished second in the road race and fourth on the des Ardennes. In 1903 Camille won the Gordon Bennett Trophy at Athy in Ireland in a Mercedes and the year there were successes with more and developed racing models. Grand Prix racing in 1906 Mercedes entered a factory team for the event at Le for Jenatzy, Count Vincenzo and a local driver called The following year the Grand de l’ACF was held at Dieppe and again had three cars Jenatzy being joined by Salzer and Victor Hemery. The was repeated at Dieppe in 1908 and had new 12.8-liter cars with being joined by Willy and Christian Lautenschlager. Lautenschlager won the With Grand Prix petering out in Europe, Mercedes to the United States and in 1911 DePalma finished second in the Cup in one of the cars, winning the event the year. In 1913 the cars in Europe, Theodore Pilette Belgian Mercedes agent) third in the Grand Prix de at Le Mans.

The following year Daimler a new 4.5-liter car and in 1914 Lautenschlager, Wagner and Salzer finished a 1-2-3 in the Grand Prix de at Lyon. It is often said the 1914 Mercedes Grand team was the first occasion on a racing team approached the as a technical exercise. During the war in Europe DePalma continued to be in the United States with at the Chicago Cup and Elgin Trophy in and in the Indianapolis 500 in 1915.

Germany’s and humiliation after the war meant a return to racing was not possible 1922 when three of the old cars were entered on the Florio for Lautenschlager, Salzer and Giulio Masetti, who had rented the factory entry. The Italian The cars were updated as as was possible and did well on hillclimbs 1927. Mercedes entered a team at Indianapolis in 1923 and in ran cars on the Targa Florio and at the Italian GP although the entries withdrawn when Count Zborowski was killed.

In 1926 the Daimler company with Benz and the cars known as Mercedes-Benz. The company’s new was Wilhelm Kissel and he appointed Neubauer to be head of the competition The early years were as the company had no Grand Prix and all events were undertaken stripped-down versions of Ferdinand ‘s SSK sportscar. These had outings in 1928 and 1929 driver Rudi Caracciola. also ran low-key Le Mans 24 programs in 1930 and 1931.

By the of 1931 Mercedes-Benz was running teams again and the first victory came for Caracciola in that year at AVUS in a SSK. During 1933 the ordered engineer Hans to design a new Grand Prix The result was the Mercedes-Benz W25 which at the start of 1934, winning on its in the Eifelrennen at the Nurburgring. Niebel at the end of the year but his place was taken by Schilling and Neubauer’s team won Grand Prix victories year. In 1935 the W25s becoming hard to beat Caracciola and Luigi Fagioli 10 major races between The 1936 car was not a success but the arrival of a new engineer called Rudolf to help Schilling produced the and Caracciola, Von Brauchitsch and Hermann won seven victories. The new 3-liter resulted in the W154 and it was rarely before World War II broke

After the war Mercedes-Benz had lost of its factories and it took a long to recover. By 1951, however, was able to run three pre-war in Formula Libre races in This was not very successful but the then embarked on a sportscar program with the 300SL. In the firm returned to Grand racing when the new 2.5-liter began. The company produced the and it was dominant in Formula 1 in 1955, Fangio winning the World In the middle of the year, however, the involvement in the Le Mans disaster led to withdraw from competition

The Mercedes-Benz car company flourished in the and 1970s but stayed away competition. In 1979 the company a number of 450 SLC models for rallies in and Hannu Mikkola finished on the Safari Rally and at the end of the year Bjorn Waldegard and Andrew finished 1-2-3 on the Bandama There was a limited program the year with a second on the Bandama Rally, this for Waldegard.

In May 1984 the company a fleet of 190Es for a special Cup at the opening of the new Nurburgring. It was won by Ayrton That year pressure to grow on Mercedes-Benz to help develop the 190E for the Group A At the same time Swiss owner Peter Sauber that a five-liter Mercedes V8 be a good engine for Group C and began development work. The year he found backing perfume company Kouros and Thackwell and Henri Pescarolo won the 1000.

At the start of 1987 Mercedes-Benz’s new Professor Werner Niefer to evaluate a more aggressive for the company in motorsport. The result of was that in December 1987 announced that it was opening a department to look after in Group C and various teams Mercedes 190Es in Group A car racing. Norbert Haug was to head the division.

Mercedes-Benz W25

Sauber sponsorship from Mercedes-Benz company AEG and the team won five that year, taking Schlesser to second place in the Championship. In 1989 the cars painted silver and became Mercedes entries. The team won of the eight rounds of the World both titles and scored a 1-2 in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The 1990 was another success with wins in nine races and titles again. At the same Mercedes created a Junior car for youngsters Michael Schumacher. Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen .

Preparations began for Sauber and to enter F1 together but in December because of the recession at the time, canceled plans to enter F1. went ahead on his own — supported by Mercedes. The first was promising and so in 1993 the Ilmor used by the team became as Sauber V10s. In 1994 became Mercedes-Benz V10s the company bought a 25% shareholding in Engineering.

There was success too in car racing with Helmut running a private Mercedes for Volker Weidler in the DTM in 1986. The car second in the championship. In 1988 AMG and began to receive assistance but it was not 1992 that Klaus finally won the title in an AMG car. He the success in 1994 while Schneider won the International Touring Car in 1995 in a Mercedes C-Class.

entered CART racing in building a special one-off for Al Unser Jr. The Formula 1 program of was not a success and Mercedes dropped and went into partnership McLaren. The result was not an immediate but by the end of 1997 Mika Hakkinen was to open another chapter of success in Grand Prix with a win at the European GP at Jerez. In Mercedes engines scored six wins in 1995 and in 1997 the Forsythe and PacWest teams nine victories. The success in then waned against opposition from Honda Forsythe’s Greg Moore only three times in and 1999. He was killed at the end of 1999 in an at California Speedway.

In Formula 1 the McLaren -Mercedes dominated the 1998 and 1999 although Ferrari was able to to victory in the Constructors’ title in

Mercedes re-entered sportscar in 1997 with AMG fielding a in the new FIA GT Championship. The cars scored six and Bernd Schneider won the World while the team ran young Ricardo Zonta and Mark In January 1999 AMG was bought by The team ran into trouble in when the cars suffered an series of flips at Le Mans. none of the drivers were but the team was forced to withdraw.

In 1999 Mercedes-Benz announced its to buy 40% of the McLaren F1 team and that was completed in January 2000.

Mercedes-Benz W25
Mercedes-Benz W25
Mercedes-Benz W25


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