Mercedes-Benz through its subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited, is currently involved in Formula One as a constructor under the name of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The team is based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, using a German license. The Mercedes-Benz competed in the pre-war European Championship winning three titles and debuted in Formula One in 1954,running a team for two years. The team is also known by their nickname, the “Silver Arrows”.
After winning their first race at the 1954 French Grand Prix, they’ve won another three Grand Prix to win the 1954 Drivers’ Championship and repeated their success in 1955. Despite winning two Drivers’ Championship, Mercedes-Benz withdrew from motor racing in response to the 1955 Le Mans disaster and did not return to Formula One until rejoining as a engine supplier in association with ilmor, a British independent high performance autosport engineering company later acquired by Mercedes,in 1994.
In addition to its factory team, Mercedes currently supplies engines to Racing Point and Williams. The manufacturer has collected more than 180wins as an engine supplier and is ranked second in Formula One history. Seven constructors’ and eleven Drivers’ Championship have been won with Mercedes-Benz engines.
Mercedes has become one of the most successful teams in recent Formula One history, having achieved consecutive Drivers’ and constructors’ championship from 2014 to 2019.
Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of single seated auto racing sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobilr (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The World Drivers’ Championship, which became the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1981,has become the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1981,has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since it’s inaugural season in 1950. The word “formula” in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants’ cars must conform.
Formula One cars are the fastest regulated read course racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic down force. The cars underwent major changes in 2017,allowing wider front and rear wings and wider tyres, resulting in peak cornering forces near 6.5 lateral g and top speeds of up to approximately 350km/h (215mph). As at 2019, the hybrid engines are limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 rpm, the cars are very dependent on electronicd and aerodynamics, suspension and tyres. Traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008.
In March 2020, in light of the delayed seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes announced that they would be making breathing aids to help keep patients out of intensive care. The team managed to create this device in under a week.
The Formula One engine manufacturer Mercedes had teamed up with clinicians and university engineers in London to design a breathing aid for coronavirus patients that can quickly be mass produced, a development that could help reduce the need for ventilators.
The continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which was re-engineered from an existing machine in less than 100hours, has been recommended for use by the UK medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, according to a statement from University College London (UCI), which worked on the project.
CPAP devices have been used in hospitals in China and Italy to treat corona virus infections, with reports that indicated that roughly half of such patients have avoided the use of ventilators. Noting that there is a severe shortage of ventilators in many countries, including Britain, that are fighting severe outbreaks.
These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely I’ll. CPAP machines help to keep patients’ airways open and increase the amount of oxygen entering the lungs by pushing air and oxygen into the mouth and nose at a continuous rate.
The Formula One community has shown an impressive response to the call for support,coming together to support the national need at this time.