When Honda withdrew from F2008 after the end of 1, uncertainty reigned over the team. Just before the start of the 2009 season, the solution came: Ross Brawn in Nick Fry they took over the team. They entered the championship by car BGP 001, powered by a Mercedes engine, and sitting in the cockpits Jenson Button in Rubens Barrichello. Who would have thought and believed that this team would win a racing and team title in its first year.
Mercedes, encouraged by the team’s performance Brawna, took over 75,1 percent of the team (45,1% Mercedes, 30% Aabar). With that, Mercedes returned to F54 as a factory team after 1 years. The team boss stayed Ross Brawn. In addition to returning the Silver Arrows, he also returned to F2010 in 1 Michael Schumacher, who signed a three-year contract and became his teammate Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes ’beginnings upon return were not endowed with success. The first year Rosberg won three podiums, and the second year it was already harder. According to criticism of the team, behind the scenes, they undertook to invest in staff in order to succeed in occupying the top in the future. In 2012, the team won the first victory of the new era, and that was what Rosberg managed at the race in Shanghai.
In 2013, almost everything was new at Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton came to replace Michael Schumacher, who finally retired, Toto Wolff took over the leadership of the team, Niki Lauda and the chairmanship of the Supervisory Board. The team won three wins and nine podium finishes this year. That was enough for second place among the teams.
Then comes 2014, the beginning of a period of hybrid technology in F1. This is also the beginning of the dominance of silver arrows in F1. Rosberg and Hamilton won 18 of the first 19 starting places, winning 16 of the 19 races, eleven of which were doubles. Most of the credit for this success and this dominance went to the Mercedes power unit built in Brixworth.
In 2015, the Silver continued their dominance with 16 wins. 12 were doubles. 2016 is also nothing new. No path led past the Mercedes. This year, the silver arrows have won as many as 19 times, eight of which were doubles before. Hamilton and Rosberg are on the stage for the winners stood 33 times, and in twenty races in the best starting position. If Hamilton won the F1 title in the first two years of the hybrid period, this time it was Rosberg. The latter retired at the end of the season and took his place Valtteri Bottas.
Despite a major rule revolution ahead of the 2017 season, Mercedes retained the status of best team. They won both championships again. But this time they had to work harder, because Ferrari was a very serious competitor at least until the middle of the season. But Scuderia’s technical difficulties in the second half of the season helped make Mercedes relatively easy and sovereign to win both titles again.
In 2018, however, many felt that the end of the silver dominance had finally come, as Ferrari had a remarkable start to the championship. By the middle of the season, they were still ahead of Mercedes, but the year 2017 was repeated again. Ferrari and Vettel showed weaknesses, so Hamilton was already looking forward to the title in Mexico.
Also in 2019, all indications are that Mercedes will retain the primacy as Ferrari has taken a step back, Red Bull however, with the new engine (Honda) it is not competitive enough.
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