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.