#HiFive: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport wins F1 Constructors’ Championship for a fifth consecutive time
With the latest result at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have won the FIA Formula One Constructors’ Championship for the fifth consecutive time. Ola Källenius was among the first to send his congratulations: “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have set the standard in Formula One for the past five years. They embody our aspiration to be The Best. Huge congratulations to everyone on the team – you’ve done a great job!”
Stuttgart/São Paulo – When Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport won the Formula One Constructors’ World Championship last Sunday, it was not just a great success for the team. It was also a victory for the latest and most sophisticated automotive technology from Mercedes-Benz.
“When we re-joined Formula One with a works Mercedes team in 2010, it was part of a long-term strategic plan,” said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “One of our objectives was to showcase the performance capabilities of Mercedes technology on the race track. The team has achieved this goal in a spectacular manner. Winning both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ titles five consecutive times is a great example of our aspiration to be The Best.”
The involvement in Formula One is not a standalone project; the cooperation between the engineering departments of the Formula One team in Brackley and Brixworth, UK, and the research and development (R&D) department of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and Sindelfingen, Germany, is stronger than ever and the links continue to grow year by year.
The R&D cooperation started as a specific collaboration on suspension modelling between the vehicle dynamics group of the Formula One team and the ride and handling group of the road car team. Even though the suspension requirements for a road car and a race car are very different, both groups benefited from the project. The cooperation has since grown to include many areas of common interest where the tool sets being developed have much in common and knowledge can be shared in spite of very different end applications. Today, there is a growing number of joint projects going on between the F1 engineers in the UK and the road car engineers in Germany.
“Formula One is a great R&D lab – and it is more relevant for road car technology today than it has ever been before,” said Ola Källenius. “We take what we learn on the race track to make our road cars even better. For example, our F1 engines achieve a thermal efficiency of about 50 percent – much more than you typically get from a regular road car, where the thermal efficiency is usually around 30 to 35 percent. So we take those learnings and apply them to make Mercedes engines and cars even better on the road. When we talk about accelerating the future, this is exactly whapt Formula One is able to do for Mercedes and the team’s technology partners in many different areas.”
Ola Källenius is very familiar with the world of Formula One as he was Managing Director of the engine team in Brixworth from 2005-2009. He later went on to become head of the sports car and performance brand Mercedes-AMG. Ola Källenius will be appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the end of the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2019.
“The team can be really proud of what they have achieved in recent years. I know from personal experience how challenging the world of Formula One is. To win five consecutive titles is a very impressive track record.”