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GP Week : Issue 198
Mercedes' 1-2 in Malaysia was the manufacturer’s first – as a full-on team – since 1955! Back then, Juan Manuel Fangio led home Piero Tarufffi at the Italian Grand Prix (below). Mercedes withdrew from F1 at the end of that season, not returning with a full Silver Arrows factory team until 2010. Team Technical Director Paddy Lowe summed up the confidence flowing through the team in 2014: “ We knew from practice that we had the pace in the car, so today was about managing the team and the car through 56 laps without encountering any problems or making any mistakes. “Formula One is a very complex sport and, as we have seen ourselves in recent weeks, the littlest things can destroy a race. But we delivered a faultless day for both cars and both drivers; we are simply over the moon to have scored the first one -two finish for Mercedes-Benz since 1955 and to have earned our own small place in that fantastic tradition. “ T he entire team has spent several years working on this Silver Arrow and today we successfully delivered the final piece of the puzzle.” First 1-2 in a little while ... 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MALAYSIA PARTNERS: