OCD, discipline, and perfection is the best way to describe this team. Why is that? Have you ever played a video game with a really hard Boss? you keep trying and trying to beat them, you adjust your strategy, you start making progress, you introduce new weapons, it helps a bit more, but than one misstep and all your hard work and efforts unravel! You invite your friends over to give it a shot, they fail! You reinvent, try a fresh approach, it fails! You call in people you don’t know… Fail, Fail, Fail! Meet Mercedes AMG F1, the really Hard Boss of Formula1!
Let’s rewind to the early years. Mercedes Benz entrance to grand prix racing in the pre-war era (WW2) was almost pure domination. During the Mid 30s Mercedes (also known as the Silver Arrows) won and set new standards in grand prix racing, including fastest lap and top speed records of the era. WW2 paused Grand Prix racing. After the war, Mercedes returned to the new era of grand prix, known as Formula 1. The team went immediately back to their winning ways with legendary drivers such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss joining the “show”. After 2 years of dominance (1954-1955) the factory team withdrew from racing. This was due to political & economic hurdles, and most of all due to the “1955 Le Mans Disaster”, which involved a Silver Arrows crash which led to the death of 83 spectators.
Today, the “Silver Arrows” have returned as Mercedes AMG F1. Rejoining the frey in 2010 with legendary driver Michael Schumacher. However, in this modern age of F1, it took the team a few years to build up competitiveness. In 2014 they won their first title since their leave in 1955, and they have not lost a championship since. They have now won 5 titles in a row and are on pace to win this years title (2019), making current CEO Toto Wolff the most successful team boss in the sports history (by % of Races Won).
“In five shifts, more than 700 employees work 24 hours a day, seven days a week on design, development and manufacturing activities. More than 250,000 working hours go into the design of a Formula 1 car, and a further 200,000 hours plus are spent on production. Only during the two-week summer break and on Christmas Day do the workshops in Brackley fall silent.” - (https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/mercedes-amg-f1/amg-f1-team/amg-f1-locations/brackley/) That is the level of their dedication!
The mechanics operate like robots, their drivers are programmable like software, and the teams strategists & technical personnel seem to be powered by Ai algorithms. They do not make mistakes. They are surreal to observe. They are simply, Perfection.
This is Mercedes AMG F1!