The name Mercedes instantly makes you think of history, tradition and automobile excellence. Their cars are some of the most sought after on the market, but they also have a role in the motor racing circuit, having been involved with Formula 1 to some degree for years. But their racing history actually stretches as far back as the 19th century.

In fact, Mercedes took part in the very first recorded car race in France as far back as 1894. The German cars were a force to be reckoned with in the world of motor-racing between the two World Wars, but with the devastation of German industry after the Second World War Mercedes was dealt a huge set-back. So much so that Mercedes were to miss the first several seasons of Formula 1, only entering the competition fully in 1954, having taken part in a few one-off races.

So while Formula 1 kicked off in 1950 it wasn’t until 1954 that Mercedes made its full-season debut. The wait was worth it as they immediately won the drivers’ championship thanks to Juan Manuel Fangio. The next year however, 79 people were killed by a Mercedes car during the Le Mans 24 hour race. Mercedes halted participation in all motorsports for nearly 30 years.

Their reintroduction to Formula 1 was unbelievably as recent as 1994, providing an engine for Sauber. But it wasn’t until 1998 when, partnering McClaren, they helped deliver both the constructor and drivers’ championship. A big turning point for Mercedes came in 2009 when they partnered with Brawn who enjoyed immediate success and again won both titles. Mercedes were so impressed in the set-up that they took over the team entirely for the next season, rebranding it as Mercedes GP.

This marked the first time Mercedes had a named car in the championship since the 1950s. Mercedes now enters an exciting and challenging period in its history, looking to build on its past successes on its own. Judging by the past, whatever happens it’s sure to be eventful.

For a lot less that servicing a F1 car, you can get a Mercedes Benz service Manchester.

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