They are the latest additions to the banked curve at the Mercedes-Benz Museum – the 2014 MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid and the gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein unveiled their cars today on the Races and Records banked turn in the presence of many famous racing drivers and the media. Many visitors followed the proceedings and then continued on to the autograph-signing session with Sir Stirling Moss, David Coulthard, Mika Häkkinen and Bernd Mayländer. The Mini DTM Family Programme and the hands-on Fascination Design exhibition also drew the attention of lots of visitors, but why were so many motor racing greats in the Mercedes-Benz Museum? They were there for the main event, Stars & Cars 2015, in the Mercedes-Benz Arena which gets under way at 14:00 CET. By the end of the day, more than 5,500 visitors had come through the doors of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
From home straight to banked turn. As of December 12th, 2015, two new cars will join the displays in the Races and Records area at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and bear witness to Mercedes-Benz’ highly successful motor racing years in 2014 and 2015. The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid is the world championship-winning Formula 1 car from 2014, with which Lewis Hamilton secured a total of 11 wins. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM is the vehicle that brought Mercedes-Benz racing driver Pascal Wehrlein success in the 2015 DTM, the German Touring Car Championship. Both cars were unveiled at a press conference in the Mercedes-Benz Museum to mark the end of the 2015 motor racing season, while Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff and Ola Källenius, member of the board at Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz Car Sales & Marketing Division watched on along with many famous racing drivers.
Many visitors took advantage of the free invitation to look around the Mercedes-Benz Museum. They arrived hours before the actual start in order to secure the best view for the unveiling and see motor racing drivers Lewis Hamilton, Pascal Wehrlein, Luca Ludwig, Sebastian Asch, Felix Rosenqvist and Esteban Ocon take the floor. Another highlight of the event was the autograph-signing session with Sir Stirling Moss, David Coulthard, Mika Häkkinnen and Bernd Mayländer. Guided tours of the recently opened Safety Cars exhibition with Bernd Mayländer, setting out the history and story behind the safety car, were also possible (Safety Cars exhibition ends 17th April, 2016). Visitors could steer radio-controlled model vehicles around the in-house race track in the Mini DTM and design and build racing cars in the Fascination Design interactive exhibition for children. By late afternoon, the Mercedes-Benz Museum had already clocked up 5,500 visitors.
Trophy Wall is a reminder of most successful motor racing season for 60 years
From Friday, 18th December 2015, the Trophy Wall, featuring the major championship trophies from the 2015 season, will serve as a reminder of the most successful Mercedes-Benz season in the company’s history, which includes winning the Formula 1 World Championship (constructors’ and drivers’ championships), the DTM Championship (driver and team standings), the Formula 3 Championship (drivers’ championship) and the ADAC GT Masters Championship (drivers’ championship). The showcase will be displayed on Level E2 at the end of the tour through the Mercedes-Benz Museum until January 6th, 2016.
Lewis Hamilton: “I’m very proud to be here, to be a part of Mercedes-Benz history. Now it’s like this huge iconic brand. Growing up, seeing Mercedes-Benz Cars – I always wanted a Mercedes car when I was young, and it’s just crazy to think that, after watching numerous races, I’m now part of the evolution – the evolutional road of development and success of Mercedes-Benz. Even when my time has passed, my cars will always be here. So, you can never get rid of the Hamiltons.”
Pascal Wehrlein: “It’s a great honour for me to see the car I drove in this year’s DTM on display here and to have now become part of Mercedes-Benz history. It’s actually quite hard to put into words. To be immortalised here makes me proud, and my whole team can feel the same way because we did this together. No-one can ever take that away from us. It’s great to win championships, but when you also have the privilege of seeing your car exhibited in the museum, it fills you with pride, because you realize what you’ve achieved.”
Source: Mercedes-Benz Museum