Mercedes F1 team wear retro outfits for German Grand Prix but what is reason behind it?


MERCEDES are wearing vintage 1950s-style outfits during the German Grand Prix this weekend as they celebrate two significant milestones in the team’s history.

F1 world champions Mercedes have been catching the eye at the German Grand Prix this weekend as their team members sport retro 1950s-inspired outfits.

The German marque are celebrating 125 years of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport by decking themselves out in historical gear, complete with all-white boiler suits and flat caps for the pit crew.

It is also the 200th race in F1 for the team, with nearly every member of staff getting into the spirit of the celebrations with specially-themed gear.

The champions have revealed a new livery for this weekend, veering away from their traditional all-silver design, while both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are wearing specifically-altered driving suits, boots and gloves as the drivers join in the fun.

Mercedes has long been a staple of motor racing, but it was in 1934 when the nickname Silver Arrows was created for the F1 team.

It came about in strange fashion as their W25 machine was fractionally over the weight limit for a race at the Nurburgring.

Originally the car had a white coat to it, but mechanics scraped that off to expose the silver bodywork underneath and ultimately make the weight.

“In 1894, the world’s first car race was held from Paris to Rouen and the winning machine had at its heart an engine manufactured to the design of Gottlieb Daimler,” said Mercedes boss Wolff.

“It was the start of a great motorsport tradition that continues to this day and we are incredibly proud to write the next chapter in this legacy.”

The team principal was decked out in hat and braces while the walls of the garage at Hockenheim are covered in retro posters, evoking images of the classic Goodwood revival festival.

Having competed in pre-war events since 1934, Mercedes made their F1 debut back in 1954 when the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio claimed victory in the French Grand Prix behind the wheel of the W196.

The Argentine won the Drivers’ Championship that year and repeated his success a year later, but the Silver Arrows withdrew from the sport after the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Mercedes returned as a full-time manufacturer with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg behind the wheel.

The German giants have since enjoyed unprecedented success in the turbo-hybrid era, claiming every Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles since 2014.

Hamilton is currently 39 points clear of Bottas at the top of the standings heading into Round 11, with Max Verstappen a further 48 back from the Finn.

Mercedes have 407 points in the Constructors’ standings, 164 ahead of nearest challenger Ferrari.


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