Tales from the paddock: Mid-season report, sustainability and vital championship points

Tales from the paddock: Mid-season report, sustainability and vital championship points

Toto’s mid-season Q&A: Talking F1 2023 So Far
The first half of the 2023 Formula One season has officially wrapped. All 10 F1 teams are now into the mandatory two-week summer shutdown period. It’s been an intense run of races for everyone in F1 – both trackside and at the factories – with 12 Grands Prix in the space of five months. The shutdown provides a welcome chance to pause and reflect on what’s happened and look ahead to the rest of the year. We sat down with Toto to talk through the season so far.

2023 Sustainability Report published: Key facts & highlights
Our focus as a Formula One team is all about delivering maximum performance. Whether it’s at Brackley and Brixworth or trackside. Delivering performance in a sustainable way continues to be a priority for us; our ambition is to become the world’s most sustainable professional sports team. It’s a big challenge to take on, but one we’re relishing. Our recently published 2023 Sustainability Report outlines the steps the Team is taking to achieve our goal of becoming the world’s most sustainability-aware professional sports team. There is still plenty to be done, but here are just some of the key highlights from our report. “Performance at any cost, without thought of the wider repercussions, is no longer acceptable in today’s world. But being sustainable doesn’t have to mean compromise,” said Toto Wolff. “I’m incredibly proud of our team and the work being implemented to meet our ambitions and to better understand our impact on the world. There’s still so much more that we want to achieve, and we’re committed to delivering innovative initiatives to meet our goals in 2023 and beyond. The race is on.”

Careers Day with the Sutton Trust at the F1 team factory in Brackley
Back in May, the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team were pleased to welcome 50 Year 12 students enrolled in the Sutton Trust’s ‘Pathways to Engineering’ course to our factory in Brackley. The career insights day with the Team consisted of networking and panel sessions with some of our team members, giving the eager students the chance to learn and find out more about different routes into F1 and engineering roles.

Mercedes-AMG celebrates podium finishes and vital championship points
Mercedes-AMG Performance driver Lucas Auer produced Top Three finishes in both races at the Nürburgring on the fourth weekend of the 2023 DTM campaign. Driving the number 22 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD, the Austrian confidently mastered the tricky conditions caused by the highly changeable weather in the Eifel Forest on both Saturday and Sunday, finishing second and third respectively. Lucas Auer came away with a grand haul of 36 points for the two podium appearances. Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel (GER) scored a respectable 17 points for a P12 and a P4 finish in the number 48 Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER car. These results put Engel and Auer in fifth and sixth place in the overall standings at the halfway point of the season. Mercedes-AMG Junior David Schumacher (GER) also had reason to feel pleased with himself: Auer’s team-mate started Sunday’s rain-affected race from third on the grid, though he eventually had to settle for ninth. This was the first time in his DTM career that he finished a race in the Top Ten.

DTM Behind the Scenes
On the Nürburgring weekend, the racing series offered its fans the extraordinary experience of a ‘Track Safari’. The concept, which originated in Japan, involves chauffeuring spectators around the Nürburgring in a coach while the DTM GT3 cars are doing practice laps at the same time. This innovative addition to the programme, which allows fans to experience the fascination of motorsport up close, was very well received. Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, which is based in Drees just a few kilometres away from the Nürburgring, also provided a glimpse behind the scenes on Saturday when it opened the doors of its race base to the media. Mercedes-AMG Team HRT driver Luca Stolz and three other DTM contestants took part in a challenge organised by the ADAC in the driving safety centre at the Nürburgring on Thursday. The first task was to stop a tennis ball rolling out of a bowl mounted on the bonnet while negotiating an obstacle course. The DTM drivers then drifted over a skid plate on a wet surface. Luca Stolz demonstrated in impressive fashion that he is also perfectly capable of controlling a road car off track.

News snippets: Results and Facts & Social Media News

ADAC GT4 Germany:
In the context of the support programme to the DTM at the Nürburgring, Simon Connor Primm and Jan-Philipp Springob (both GER) celebrated their second victory of the season in the ADAC GT4 Germany. The CV Performance Group duo in the #85 Mercedes-AMG GT4 remained undaunted by the adverse conditions on Saturday. Good race pace coupled with a perfectly timed pit stop ultimately brought them success. Primm and Springob also finished third in the second race on Sunday. This brace of podiums puts them in second place overall at the halfway point of the season, with fellow Mercedes-AMG drivers Denis Bulatov and Marcel Lenerz (both GER) close behind in third.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship:
There was also a podium success to report for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing in the IMSA race at Road America. After 2 hours 40 minutes of racing, Mikaël Grenier (CAN) and Mike Skeen (USA) in the #32 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Team Korthoff Motorsports crossed the finish line in third place in the GTD class. A strategic gamble by Jules Gounon (AND) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP) in the number 79 car of WeatherTech Racing did not quite pay off this time: they finished fifth in the GTD Pro category and remain third overall.

GT America:
It was a rewarding weekend for CRP Racing’s Jason Daskalos (USA) who comes away from the two GT America races on the Nashville street circuit with a winner’s and a runner’s-up trophy. Victory for the driver of the #27 Mercedes-AMG GT3, came in the second race. He was joined on the podium by a second Mercedes-AMG driver, Memo Gidley (USA) of TKO Motorsports, who finished third in both races.

ESET Cup Series:
Libor Milota, who drives the number 2 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Team GT2 Motorsport, ascended the podium at the end of all three races in the GT3 class on the fifth weekend of the series. In the two races at Autodrom Most on Saturday, the Czech not only lifted the winner’s trophy in his class but also appeared on the overall podium for a P3 in the general classification. In Sunday’s race, he finished second in his class and fifth overall.

Sportscar Championship Canada:
It was a double podium for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing at Trois-Rivières. The Mercedes-AMG GT4s of Nick Galante (USA; #77 VPX Motorsport) and Demitria Chalkias (CAN; #34 JMF Motorsports) finished second and third in class in both rounds.

GT4 Scandinavia:
Sweden’s Håkan Ricknäs and Calle Ward finished second in the Am-Am category in both races at Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway last weekend, which was enough for the Team RMS pairing who share the number 21 Mercedes-AMG GT4 to successfully defend their lead in the overall standings for their class.

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