Mercedes unveils new Formula 1 safety car, the AMG GT S

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If you’re tired of seeing a Mercedes at the front of the field in Formula 1, then we’ve got some bad news for you: the German marque is once again set to supply the sport with its safety and medical cars in 2015.

Over the past five years, F1 has been using a gull-wing Mercedes SLS AMG as its safety car, but is now set for an upgrade for the new season with the arrival of the AMG GT S model.

The regular AMG GT was unveiled last year and has since gone into production, with the GT S boasting an extra 43bhp and a top speed of 190mph.

Of course, it won’t be able to explore the limits of its speed, given that the purpose of the safety car is to slow the field down in case of an incident.

For the 16th season in a row, the car will be driven by Bernd Maylander, a one-time Le Mans class podium finisher and DTM race winner.

“The gull-wing SLS AMG was my official car in Formula 1 for five years,” Maylander said. “Now I’m looking forward to the new Mercedes-AMG GT S, which I have been fortunate enough to get to know during its development phase. The new AMG sports car won me over immediately with its high-calibre race track performance.”

The old medical car has also been replaced for 2015, with Mercedes supplying an AMG C 63 Estate for usage across the course of the season.

Although incidents in F1 are never welcome, it is reassuring to know that those helping to maintain the high safety standards in the sport have the best tools at their disposal.