This weekend Formula 1 is returning to the Nürburgring for the first time since 2013. Back in 1934, in the International Eifel Race at the Nürburgring, the Mercedes Silver Arrows were born!
Mercedes released a nice little introduction to this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix, complete with a little history lesson!
“Formula One is back! This coming weekend, the premier class of motor racing will be hosted by the Nürburgring for the 41st time overall, although the fixture has been absent from the F1 itinerary since the 2013 season,” Mercedes’ press release reads.
“The race has been staged with a variety of titles since it first featured on the Formula One calendar in 1951: the German Grand Prix, the European Grand Prix and twice even as the Luxembourg Grand Prix! The Eifel Grand Prix is about to make its debut.
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“However, the history of the Nürburgring goes back much further than the Formula One World Championship and is inextricably bound up with the three-pointed star.
“The birth of the Silver Arrows took place on 3 June 1934 in the International Eifel Race at the Nürburgring. Manfred von Brauchitsch in his Mercedes-Benz W 25 entered the history books as the first Silver Arrows winner, clocking an average speed of 122.5 km/h.
“Since the inauguration of F1, the Eifel has not exactly been a happy hunting ground for Mercedes: the only victory for a works team was achieved by the unforgettable Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1954 season on the legendary Nordschleife.
“Since then, contestants powered by Mercedes engines have won on three further occasions on the Grand Prix circuit: Mika Häkkinen (1998), Fernando Alonso (2007) and Lewis Hamilton (2011).”
To find out more about Mercedes’ racing history and the circumstances that led to the birth of the Mercedes Silver Arrows, check out our extensive Mercedes F1 History section.
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport