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Tales from the paddock: Race wins, podium appearances and lots of rain

Sep 1, 2021

From a rain-soaked non-contest at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula One proceeds directly to the revived Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort; the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was meanwhile delivering further successes around the world.

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • F1: Lewis Hamilton classified third in Belgian GP
  • GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup: A win and a P2 for Luca Stolz and Maro Engel in the two races at Brands Hatch
  • GT World Challenge America: Philipp Ellis and Russell Ward are runners-up in Race 1
  • GTC Race: Two wins and two second places for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Assen

News snippets

From Spa to Zandvoort: The second half of the Formula One season was due to get underway at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, but the notorious Ardennes weather dashed the hopes of drivers, teams and fans. It rained on all three days, and on Sunday the Grand Prix even had to be red flagged after two laps behind the safety car due to the unremitting downpour. Lewis Hamilton was classified third, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas further back in P12. It was podium number ten at Spa-Francorchamps for Lewis, and the fifteenth for Mercedes. From Belgium, F1 proceeds directly to Zandvoort for the second round of the current triple-header. The Dutch Grand Prix returns to the racing calendar of the premier class of motorsport next weekend after an absence of 36 years. In the years leading up to 1985, Circuit Zandvoort hosted no fewer than 30 Grands Prix. The track has recently been upgraded to modern F1 standard. The only Mercedes victory to date on the historic circuit was claimed by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955. The record for victories at Zandvoort is held by Jim Clark (four wins), ahead of Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda (three each). Ferrari top the team rankings on eight victories, ahead of Lotus (six) and McLaren (three).

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continues podium streak in GT World Challenge Europe: The Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT duo of Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) claimed their second win of the 2021 GT World Challenge Europe at Brands Hatch. In Sunday’s second round of the Sprint Cup event at the tradition-steeped circuit in Kent, Stolz crossed the finish line first after 60 minutes of racing. He benefited to some extent from the misfortune of Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) in the #88 of the Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP, who suffered a puncture while leading the race.

Engel and Stolz were joined on the podium by third-placed Jules Gounon (FRA) and Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (ROM) of AKKA ASP in the number 89 Mercedes-AMG GT3. It was a brilliant team result for Mercedes Motorsport, with no fewer than five cars finishing in the Top Seven. In the first of the two races, Engel and Stolz had already contributed a podium success with a P2. This means that, in four consecutive sprint races, at least one team fielding a Mercedes-AMG GT3 has finished on the podium. Engel and Stolz are currently second in the overall Sprint Cup standings, followed by Boguslavskiy and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) in third. With only one sprint event still to come, however, neither pairing is mathematically able to take the title. 

There was also outstanding success to celebrate outside the general classification, with a Silver Cup win in Race 2 for Juuso Puhakka (FIN) and Oscar Tunjo (COL) in the number 7 car of Toksport WRT. Rik Breukers (NED) and Ezequiel Pérez Companc (ARG) in the #90 Madpanda Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 also produced a strong result with an overall P4 in race one, which was enough to earn them the runner-up spot in the Silver Cup. In the same race, Jim Pla (FRA) and Konstantin Tereschenko (RUS) (#87, AKKA ASP Team) finished third in the Silver Cup, as Dominik Baumann (AUT) and Valentin Pierburg (GER) brought the #20 (SPS automotive performance) home in third place in the Pro-Am class.

Six podium finishes at Road America: Philip Ellis (SUI) and Russell Ward (USA) of WINWARD Racing made their third podium appearance of the season in the two GT World Challenge America sprint races at Road America. The duo in the #33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 were runners-up in the first race. Second time out, David Askew (USA) and Ryan Dalziel (GBR) in the #63 finished seventh overall in the Pro-Am standings, thereby keeping WINWARD Racing’s team championship chances very much alive.

In the Pirelli GT4 America series, Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak (both USA) in the #72 Mercedes-AMG GT4 booked their fourth Silver Cup class win of the current campaign. After a P2 in their class on Saturday, the duo now hold a commanding lead in the Silver Cup championship standings. A second Mercedes-AMG GT4 finished in the Top Three of this class on Sunday, as Colin Mullan and Michai Stephens (both USA) of Conquest Racing West took third place.

Chris Cagnazzi (USA) in the #39 of RENNtech Motorsports made it a round half dozen of podium successes, finishing the first of the two GT America races as runner-up in the GT4 classification.

Overall and class wins in GTC Race series: At the GTC Race event in Assen (Netherlands), victory went to a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in two of the three races. Tim Heinemann (GER) crossed the finish line first in race two in the Team Space Drive Racing car with its revolutionary steer-by-wire technology. In race three, Marvin Kirchhöfer (GER) took first place in the #630 entered by Neumann Racing Team.

EastSide Motorsport also achieved two class wins with the Mercedes-AMG GT4. Denis Bulatov (RUS) and Leon Koslowski (GER) sharing the cockpit of the number 4 car won the GT4 classification of the one-hour Goodyear 60. Bulatov also came out on top in his class in the first of the two Sunday races.

Social Media News

#MulberrySTEMAcademy: Last month, we had the pleasure of welcoming students from the Mulberry STEM Academy to the factory for a week of work experience! See what they got up to during their stints in the Aero Operations, IT, Inspection, Machine Shop and T&D departments!

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#87 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP Team
#20 Mercedes-AMG GT3, SPS automotive performance
Luca Stolz and Maro Engel, #6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
Jules Gounon, Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (#89 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT) at the podium ceremony
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP
#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Belgian GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas
#79 Mercedes-AMG GT4, RENNtech Motorsports
#19 Mercedes-AMG GT3, DXDT Racing
#33 Mercedes-AMG GT3, WINWARD Racing
#63 Mercedes-AMG GT3, DXDT Racing
#16 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Capstone Motorsports
#79 Mercedes-AMG GT4, RENNtech Motorsports