German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz celebrated its 125 years of existence in motorsport at Silverstone this weekend.
Mercedes started its motor racing journey in 1894, where they raced in the Paris–Rouen with Emile Roger driving. What started then, continued on over the years as they evolved in different forms of racing – F1, Touring, Rally, Endurance and more.
In the current times, they are hugely active in F1 along with presence in GT category and now also in Formula E. The whole family got together at Silverstone circuit to celebrate the 125 years with a list of historic cars on display and also for driving purposes.
The Mercedes F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas had their chance to drive multiple cars with the former driving his 2015 title winning car on Friday along with the 90s DTM machine and also W196 – he also shot with Martin Brundle for Sky Sports.
Bottas flew down on Saturday where he drove Hamilton’s W06 as well along with the 2018 championship-winning DTM car and the 1937 Mercedes race car. In addition, the German manufacturer’s simulator driver Esteban Gutierrez was surprised with a drive in the W06.
Gran sorpresa del equipo!!! Llegando esta mañana al circuito me piden probar el W06, muy agradecido con @mercedesamgf1 por esta oportunidad!! #F1
Amazing surprise this morning when @mercedesamgf1 asked me to drive the W06, very grateful!! Felt amazing to be back on track!! pic.twitter.com/MtfAYUF6wl
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) April 6, 2019
The newest Mercedes recruit Stoffel Vandoorne was also in action driving the DTM car with Toto Wolff, Maro Engel and Gary Paffett also getting their runs alongside many more of the drivers related to the German manufacturer.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 7, 2019