Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

 

Team

Team Principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Toto Wolff

After a short racing career in the Austrian Formula Ford, Torger Christian ‘Toto’ Wolff found a new outlet for his talent – investment. He founded his own investment company, Marchfifteen, in 1998, followed by Marchsixteen in 2004. In 2002, Toto started a new venture, co-owning a racing driver management company alongside two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen. After purchasing a 30 per cent stake of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. in January 2013, Toto became managing partner. Later that year, he was announced Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. He went on to assume full responsibility for the entire Mercedes-Benz motorsport program – from Formula One to DTM, sports cars and the Formula 3 engine program. Under his leadership, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has clinched a quadruple of Formula One World Championships, winning a total of eight titles and 66 Grands Prix.

Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport James Allison

James’ motorsport career started in 1990, when he joined the Benetton Formula One Team as a Junior Aerodynamic Designer immediately after graduating from the University of Cambridge. Just two years later, he was appointed Head of Aerodynamics for the small Larrouse F1 squad but returned soon after to Benetton as an Aerodynamic Designer. Success soon followed, as James celebrated Michael Schumacher’s FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Championship success in 1994, with Schumacher and Benetton claiming the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles the following year.

James was promoted to Head of Aerodynamics in 1997 and, just two years later, swapped Enstone for Maranello and the new role of Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari, playing an important role in a period of unprecedented spell of success, as the team won six FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championships between 1999 and 2004.

After six years in Italy, James returned to the United Kingdom to work with the Renault Sport Formula One Team, taking on the role of Deputy Technical Director - taking top honors in the Constructors’ Championship in 2005 and 2006.

James was promoted to Technical Director in 2009 and remained with the team as it transitioned to new ownership and the new name of Lotus F1 Team.

2013 saw James head back to Ferrari, this time as Technical Director. After a fruitless year for the team in 2014, James’ influence was crucial as Sebastian Vettel claimed three wins the following year, when the Scuderia emerged as the closest challenger to the title-winning Silver Arrows.

James departed Ferrari midway through the 2016 season and returned to the Formula 1 grid in 2017, joining Mercedes AMG-Petronas Motorsport as Technical Director.


 

Drivers

Lewis Hamilton

At the tender age of eight, Lewis sat in a kart for the first time and was immediately hooked. Lewis not only showed incredible pace on the track but also climbed the career ladder at an impressive rate. After he had blown the competition out of the water in every category of karting and won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series, McLaren Mercedes enrolled him in their young driver program in 1997. In 2001, he moved up into British Formula Renault, winning the title two years later. Lewis’ winning streak continued in the Formula 3 Euro series. This success immediately led to his promotion to the very pinnacle of motor racing - Formula One. Lewis made his Grand Prix debut with McLaren Mercedes in 2007. The numerous records set by Lewis in his rookie season highlighted his class - including the most race wins, pole positions and points scored in a debut season. At 23 years old Lewis captured his first FIA Formula One World Championship - taking the accolade of the youngest ever champion. After six successful seasons Lewis joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for the 2013 season. In 2014 Lewis captured a second World Drivers’ Championship crown and repeated that feat in equally impressive fashion in the following year - equaling the great Ayrton Senna and Sir Jackie Stewart.

In 2016, Lewis scored the most race wins (10) and most pole positions (12). During the season Lewis reached new heights moving up to third on the all-time leaderboard in the podium (105) and pole position (61) categories. His win in Abu Dhabi was his 53rd F1 triumph overall, Lewis has thus overtaken four-time World Champion Alain Prost to become the second-most successful Formula One driver in race wins behind Michael Schumacher.

For 2017, Lewis came under intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Ferrari driver for the first part of the season before a stunning run of form catapulted him into the Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis secured his fourth World Title in Mexico with two rounds to spare. He ended the year with the most race wins (10) and pole positions (11) of any driver. Lewis continues to reach new heights in the Formula One hall of fame. By the end of 2017, he had moved into first place on the all-time pole positions leader board (72), as well as becoming the driver with the most front row starts (118). Having won four Drivers’ World Championships, Lewis is now joint-third (with Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel) in the all-time list of World Titles, as well as Britain’s most successful Formula One driver.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas entered his first kart race at the age of six, going on to win numerous races and championships. In 2007, he made the step up to single-seater racing. Twelve months later, he lifted not one but two championship trophies, sweeping all before him in his second Formula Renault 2.0 NEC campaign. In 2009, Valtteri graduated to the Formula 3 Euro series winning the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 in Zandvoort; he is still the only driver to win this event twice in succession. In 2011 Valtteri switched to the new GP3 Series beating team-mate James Calado to the GP3 title. Valtteri made his Formula One debut in 2013 at the Australian Grand Prix for Williams Racing. In 2014, he registered his best season so far in the highest echelon of the sport, making six podium appearances and scoring 186 championship points to finish the campaign in fourth position. In 2015, Valtteri finished the year with 136 points, and in the following season Valtteri finished with 85 points.

For the 2017 season, Valtteri became the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows in a Mercedes, following in the footsteps of drivers such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It was a breakthrough year for Valtteri that saw him score his first pole positions (4) and race wins (3). The Finn scored more points in his first season with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport than in his entire Formula One career before and ended the 2017 season in P3.


 

Car

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+

On 22 February 2018, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS showcased their car for the upcoming Formula One season. It's the most advanced machine ever conceived by Mercedes, the 2018 car aims to become part of the team's long and rich racing heritage, while at the same time pushing the technological boundaries of motorsport. Christened Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+, the car is improved in every area over its predecessor and is expected to beat last year's Formula One lap records, making it the fastest Mercedes F1 car in history. It proudly carries the 'EQ Power+' designation which was already featured on last year's car and stands for the brand's future performance hybrid models.