Lewis Hamilton and Stirling Moss celebrate Mercedes at Silverstone

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Off the back of Mercedes’ first win of the 2013 season, the team has rolled back the years during an event at Silverstone circuit today with the help of 50s legend Sir Stirling Moss and current driver Lewis Hamilton.

Moss is widely considered to be one of the greatest Formula One drivers never to win the drivers’ world championship, and he raced for Mercedes in 1955 alongside five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car, the Mercedes-Benz W196, saw Moss finish second in the championship behind Fangio. Mercedes would have won the constructors’ championship, but this was not an official title back in 1955.

At Silverstone today, Hamilton and Moss posed for pictures with their cars together; side by side, the development that Formula One has undergone is there for all to see, with the W196 and W04 separated by almost sixty years.

Hamilton also got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Moss’s car for pictures, with the 2008 world champion receiving a lesson in the way it worked – a far simpler lesson to the high-tech steering wheels on today’s cars.

Although they may only be four years into their F1 comeback, Mercedes have certainly made an impact on the modern sport. However, events such as these prove that history is important to those at Brackley, and there are few more influential drivers than Stirling Moss.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.