Tales from the paddock: Two more title wins as the end of the 2021 season approaches

Nov 3, 2021

While F1 and the ADAC GT Masters are entering final phase of their respective campaigns, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport had the satisfaction of wrapping up two more titles in Russia.

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
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This is what happened: Results and facts

  • Russian GT4 Championship: One victory and a grand total of four podium finishes for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the two races at Sochi Autodrom
  • Russian GT4 Championship: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport wins drivers’ and team titles

News snippets

Mexico City, here we come: The final triple-header of the Formula One season gets underway this weekend with the Mexico City Grand Prix. The race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will be followed in quick succession by the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on the following weekend and Qatar’s debut on the Grand Prix itinerary one week after that. Mexico City is preparing to host its 21st F1 race. The inaugural Grand Prix in Mexico City took place in 1963, and it then featured regularly on the calendar until 1970. There was then a prolonged absence, with the fixture eventually returning during the period 1986 to 1992. The first race on the current 4.304 km track took place in 2015, and four more have followed since. Last year’s Mexican Grand Prix had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Amazingly, there are no fewer than five drivers who have won two races each in Mexico City, including Lewis Hamilton (2016 and 2019). The other four members of this illustrious group are Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Max Verstappen – the Dutchman won twice in successive campaigns in Mexico (2017 and 2018). The top spot in the team standings is shared by Lotus, McLaren, Williams and Mercedes, each of them having three victories to their credit. The track record is held by Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) with his time of 1:14.759 minutes clocked during the 2018 season. In the same year, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) set the fastest race lap so far at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in a time of 1:18.741 minutes.

Drivers’ and team championships for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in Russian GT4 series: Capital RT MotorSharks clinched the team championship in the final event of the Russian GT4 Championship season at the Sochi Autodrom. The outfit, which won nine of the 14 races, continued its winning streak on the 5.8km circuit on the Black Sea coast. After finishing fourth in the first race, Denis Remenyako (RUS) driving the number 13 Mercedes-AMG GT4 went on to snatch victory in the subsequent second race from fifth on the grid, a result that handed the 43-year-old the trophy for best driver for the second year in a row. The 2021 runner-up spot went to Remenyako’s team-mate Anton Nemkin (#83), who finished the season with a P2 and a P6. Sergei Stolyarov in the number 44 Yadro Motorsport finished third in the final standings.

Vadim Meshcheriakov in the #63 of Rscar Motorsport and Aleksandr Vaintrub (all RUS) in the #88 of his own team made it an all-round successful end to the season, each ascending the Sochi podium for a third-place finish.

ADAC GT Masters season finale to be the championship decider: Preparations for the ADAC GT Masters season finale at the Nürburgring are in full swing. No fewer than three Mercedes-AMG driver pairings will start the final two races next weekend still in with a chance of taking the title. Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) in the Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT #22 are the best-placed contenders – the experienced duo are a mere four points behind the leaders in the drivers’ standings, with 56 championship points still up for grabs. Maximilian Buhk (GER) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) of MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF - HTP/WWR have a more daunting 26-point gap to close on the final weekend. Jules Gounon (FRA) and Igor Walilko (POL) in the number 13 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by Team Zakspeed Mobil Krankenkasse Racing have a slim mathematical chance, but they will have to rely on major slip-ups by the opposition if they are to wipe out their 39-point deficit. The weekend’s action begins with the first qualifying session on Saturday at 09:30 CET.

Social Media News

#F1RaceDebrief: James Vowles answers the key questions arising from the US GP in our F1 race debrief. From overcuts and a one-stop strategy to penalties for engine changes, tyre choice and much more besides.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4VyR7PM3g

#MyJobInF1: May we present Rachel, Material Science Engineer on our team? Whether it’s analysing materials in the lab or taking problems that have occurred on track and looking at them under the microscope, her focus is always on how we can take optimum use of the different materials to the limit.

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#13 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Team Zakspeed
#13 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Team Zakspeed Mobil Krankenkasse Racing
#20 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Team Zakspeed Mobil Krankenkasse Racing
#44 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Yadro Motorsport
Russian GT4 Champion Denis Remenyako, #13 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Capital RT MotorSharks
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Aleksandr Vaintrub, and #13 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Capital RT MotorSharks
#83 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Capital RT MotorSharks