The 2019 German Grand Prix was the scene of a special celebration by the Mercedes AMG F1 Team. Indeed, on the same occasion they were celebrating the 200th grand prix in Formula 1 and the 125th anniversary of the first race that marked the actual entry of the Stuttgart-based company into motorsport. All of this took place on their home circuit, the Hockenheimring.This set of coincidences convinced the team's men to organize a series of initiatives aimed at making the weekend even more special.
First, a dedicated celebratory livery was designed for the two Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. The design featured a white front that a "ripped" effect gradually reduced toward the cockpit and rear area, leaving the typical silver of the standard color scheme to emerge.
This is to commemorate the true story of the birth of the "silver arrows," that is, when in 1934 mechanics had to remove the white paint that adorned Mercedes-Benz W25 racing cars in order to fit within weight limits. This led to the bare metal underneath surfacing and from there to the iconic silver livery. Note then the use of red race numbers, employed on the single-seaters from 2010 until the 2018 season.
To add to the nostalgia effect, the entire staff wore special uniforms that recreated the typical look of those years: jackets and ties, suspenders, tweeds, caps, plaid patterns, and mechanics in white overalls brought the paddock back to the pre-war era. The drivers' overalls remained unchanged, but their helmets bore the 125th anniversary logo.
Mercedes was also the official sponsor of the Grand Prix: despite starting from pole position, however, the result did not live up to expectations especially in such an important event. In fact, a wet race full of twists and accidents relegated Hamilton to 11th place and forced his teammate to retire following contact with the barriers.
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