Tales from the paddock: Podium at Silverstone and victory in Germany’s answer to Monaco

Tales from the paddock: Podium at Silverstone and victory in Germany’s answer to Monaco

Lewis in podium finish at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’
480,000 racing fans came through the gates at the Home of British Motor Racing at Silverstone last weekend for the 74th British Grand Prix. Among them were many of the team members from the team’s factories in nearby Brackley and Brixworth. They will have enjoyed the team’s fifth podium finish of the season in Sunday’s Grand Prix. Having shown good long-run pace in Friday’s free practice session, the two Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 drivers still needed to work on their single lap pace, which they did overnight with the help of the simulator team and our Reserve Driver Mick Schumacher. After a busy night evaluating options, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton booked sixth and seventh on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying session. For Sunday’s Grand Prix, the team opted for a split strategy, with George starting on the Soft tyres, which had proved durable on Friday, and Lewis going into the race on the Medium tyres. This left all options open, as both compounds had proven to be good racing tyres. George was able to gain one place at the expense of Carlos Sainz at the start, while Lewis initially dropped back to P9 on the Mediums, but subsequently managed to recover one place before the end of the first lap. George made his only pit stop on lap 28, changing to the Medium compound. Lewis came into the pits shortly afterwards on lap 33 to switch to Softs. A fortuitous move, as the safety car had been deployed shortly beforehand, which allowed him to hold his position and slot into P3 behind Lando Norris, who was vulnerable immediately after the restart while his Hard tyres were getting up to temperature. In the final sprint, Lewis attacked Norris’s McLaren, but the speed difference wasn’t quite enough to make the move stick. Lewis eventually crossed the finish line in third place – his fourth podium of the season and the 195th of his F1 career. After a short break, the racing action recommences with the Hungarian Grand Prix (21 – 23 July) at the Hungaroring as the first instalment of a double-header leading into the summer break. In the meantime, Esteban Gutierrez, Mick Schumacher and a contingent from the team are heading to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (14 – 16 July), where Mick will drive his father Michael’s W02 for the first time.

Owega/Seppänen win ADAC GT Masters race at the Norisring
For the first time since 2008, the ADAC GT Masters returned to the tradition-steeped Norisring in Nuremberg. Germany’s answer to Monaco was the perfect arena for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing’s first win of the season. Driving the number 48 Landgraf Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, Salman Owega (GER) secured a maiden ADAC GT Masters on Saturday morning. In the afternoon race, the precocious 18-year-old kept a cool head despite fierce midsummer temperatures. He fended off the opposition at the start and subsequently pulled clear of his pursuers. After the mandatory pit stop with driver change, Owega’s Finnish team-mate Elias Seppänen claimed a first ADAC GT Masters victory for the partnership. Owega and Seppänen were also the best-placed Mercedes-AMG pairing in the second of the two one-hour races on Sunday, crossing the finish line in fourth place. The weekend’s results leave them fourth in the overall standings, with four of twelve races now out of the way. The gap to the leaders is 16 points, i.e. less than the 25 points that are awarded for a victory. The next event on the 2023 ADAC GT Masters calendar is scheduled for this coming weekend at the Nürburgring.

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DTM: The Norisring weekend is traditionally regarded as the standout fixture on the DTM calendar, and Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing came away from the event with a solid points’ haul. In Race 1 on Saturday, Mercedes Performance Driver Lucas Auer (AUT) in the number 22 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD finished fourth, ahead of seventh-placed Maro Engel (GER) in the number 48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER. In the second race on Sunday, Engel in P9 was the best-placed representative of the brand ahead of fellow Mercedes-AMG drivers Luca Stolz (GER) and Auer. In the drivers’ championship, after three of the eight race weekends on the 2023 calendar, Engel is promisingly placed in fourth.

Nürburgring Endurance Series: It’s a second podium of the year for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing and Schnitzelalm Racing in the NLS! In the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr Cup race, Patrick Assenheimer, Marcel Marchewicz and Tim Neuser (all GER) put in a flawless performance to claw their way up from seventh on the grid and claim the runner-up spot.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: The third sprint race of the 2023 IMSA season took place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over a duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing drivers finished on the podium in both GT classes. Jules Gounon (AND) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP) sharing the cockpit of the #79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished third in the GTD Pro class, a result that consolidated their second place in the championship standings. In the GTD class, Mikaël Grenier (CAN) and Mike Skeen (USA) in the #32 Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 also finished third.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge shared the billing at the former Grand Prix circuit in Canada. Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing finished the two-hour race with two cars in the Top Five. Michael DiMeo (CAN) and Marc Miller (USA) in the #78 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Thaze Comp by MC Squared took the chequered flag in fourth place, just 2.7 seconds off the podium. They were followed across the line by fellow Mercedes-AMG drivers Scott Andrews (AUS) and Anton Dias Perera (USA) of Team Lone Star Racing.

IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge: There was a success to report at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the only Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge field. Tim Probert (USA) driving the number 65 car of Murillo Racing won the Bronze classification with a P5 in the GSX in Race 1. He then finished the second race in tenth place in the GSX class and fifth in the Bronze classification.

24H Series: It was a podium lockout for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing in the GT4 class on the 24H Series race weekend at Estoril. The three cars of Atlas BX Motorsports, Buggyra ZM Racing and PCR Sport delivered a one-two-three for Mercedes-AMG in the 12-hour race at the famous circuit in Portugal. Charles Espenlaub, Joe Foster, Shane Lewis and Charles Putman (all USA) in the number 85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by CP Racing finished fourth overall and second in the GT3 AM class.

Super Taikyu Series: Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing came away from the third round of the 2023 Super Taikyu Series at Sportsland SUGO with a win and a P3. Victory after three hours of racing went to the Japanese trio of Daisuke Matsunaga, Yuja Motoshima and Yuki Nakayama in the #23 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Team TKRI. Their compatriots Naoya Gamou, Tatsuya Kataoka, Hibiki Taira and Ryuta Uka in the #14 ROOKIE Racing car also finished in the Top Three.

GT4 France: The fourth race weekend of this year’s GT4 France brought success for ARMADA Racing Division at the Circuit de Val de Vienne. Clément Berlie (FRA) and Yann Zimmer (SUI) in the #46 Mercedes-AMG GT4 celebrated a class podium in the first race for a P3 in the Pro-Am category. In the second race, their French team-mates Christopher Campbell and Corentin Surand in the #77 sister car took victory in the Am classification.

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