Mercedes-Benz can claim to have one of the longest-running association with motor racing than any other car manufacturer. Mercedes-Benz have claimed that participated in the very first car race, all the way back in 1894 between Paris and Rouen, France.

Therefore, their relationship with Grand Prix is ​​as old as the sport itself now, after years as McLaren engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz will now fight in the ring, but this season continued, after its November Ü ; Adoption of the Brawn team.

Motor sport grew in popularity after World War I as cars have become progressively more and tracks created, usually on closed public roads. The Nazi regime in Germany had propaganda value, the racing and offered both the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams were encouraged to be the fastest and most exciting cars, racing against each other to build recognition. Those days were a time of intense, dramatic and incredibly dangerous racing.

The speed and performance of the cars had been of no safety regulations. Racing was interrupted during the war and it took some time for Mercedes-Benz on the race to return the battlefield. It was in the 1951 race in Argentina, that Neubauer back into the race with three pre-war racing cars.

A full return was to the new category in the 1954 Formula One made with the beautiful W196, adapted from the 300 SL sports car and powered by a fuel injected eight cylinder in-line engine.

Driver Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling achieved a commanding 1-2 victory in front of the vehicle first used at the 1954 French Grand Prix, Fangio won the world championship. In 1955, Mercedes-Benz withdrew from motor racing after a massive accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, when Pierre Levegh of Mercedes-Benz in a stand at more than 241 km / h on his way to a collision and 79 spectators were killed. The company did not return until the motor sport back in 1984, entering touring car and sports car racing then.

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