Formula 1: 101

You may have seen us tweeting, posting and sharing updates about Mercedes-Benz’s record-breaking Formula 1 season (or F1 as a lot of folks call it). And we realized that people might not really know what we’re talking about, or why it’s such a big deal. So, first things first.

What is F1?

Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Formula One cars are the fastest road course racing cars in the world.

What’s Mercedes-Benz got to do with it?

Mercedes-Benz debuted in Formula One in 1954, running a team for two years. The team disbanded in 1956. Mercedes returned to Formula One for the 2010 season. Currently Mercedes-Benz runs the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The team is based in Brackley, United Kingdom, and uses a German licence.

So, what do they do?

The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held all over the world on a variety of circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team – WINS!

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team won 16 Grand Prix races and a world title for the first time in over 50 years. The team finished first and second in the Driver’s Championship! Team members Lewis Hamilt and Nico Rosberg led the way for this record-breaking season.

photo from Mercedes AMG Petronas Facebook page
photo from Mercedes AMG Petronas Facebook page

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