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Stuttgart/Leinfelden-Echterdingen – From 2021 Daimler Trucks is bringing together the corporate units based in the Stuttgart region to work at a single location. The new "Daimler Trucks Campus" in Leinfelden-Echterdingen offers around 2000 employees a modern, future-oriented office concept which optimally supports both connected working and interactive and open working methods.

With a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses, Jörg Spies, Chairman of the Works Council at Daimler AG headquarters, and Roland Klenk, Mayor of the town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, marked the official start of construction work.

"Currently, our colleagues are spread over more than ten sites in the Stuttgart area. This structure has grown historically but is not up to date anymore. In order to be able to work together across short distances – and in an ultramodern environment – our aim is to bring all our Daimler Trucks colleagues from the greater Stuttgart area together on one site," says Martin Daum, adding: "The new facilities in Leinfelden-Echterdingen will give our teams the unique opportunity to work together well connected and under one roof – supported by a state-of-the-art workspace. This will promote a personal exchange and dialog, strengthens the team spirit and supports the cultural change of our company also at Daimler Trucks. We are thus investing long term in the future of this site and the ability to compete in this field of business."

"The decision to bring together the depth of knowledge and experience that exists in relation to the transport solutions of the 21st century, and to do so here of all places, is a good one. It provides both motivation and perspective for the current and future workforce as they look forward to an exciting future. The heart of Daimler Trucks will continue to beat in Stuttgart – and rightly so", Jörg Spies, Chairman of the Works Council at Head Office, is convinced.

„We are delighted that Daimler shows commitment to a long-term partnership with us by choosing the business location Leinfelden-Echterdingen as the new home of Daimler Trucks”, says Roland Klenk, Mayor of the town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen. “ Daimler Trucks Campus almost doubles the Daimler-jobs in our city. With that, our business location is officially awarded a ‘star’. “

The future Daimler Trucks site in Leinfelden-Echterdingen not only supports Leadership 2020, the Group-wide initiative for a new culture of cooperation and management, it also supports Project Future, with which Daimler is striving to further focus and reinforce the Group's business structure through the formation of legally autonomous units.

Future-oriented office complex in an excellent location

The site with an area of around 22,000 square meters was acquired at the end of 2016. The basis for the building with some 51,000 square meters of overground gross floor area is an open and interactive space concept which uses state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, flexible project rooms and various communication zones to provide optimum support for connected working. At the same time individual breakout areas are also available for concentrated working and confidential conversations. To sum up, the "Daimler Trucks Campus" gives the employees a dynamic and creative environment which promotes both communication with one another and the faster development of innovations.

The "Daimler Trucks Campus“ on the former Georgii-Kobold site in Leinfelden-Echterdingen is impressive because of the size of the available construction site and also because of its position directly on the A8 highway and therefore its easy connections to other Daimler Trucks sites such as Wörth, Mannheim and Gaggenau. The proximity to Stuttgart Airport is also convenient for international business trips. The good link to the local public transport network is equally advantageous. From the "Leinfelden Frank" stop the U5 suburban railway takes around 20 minutes to reach Stuttgart's main station. The move to the "Daimler Trucks Campus" will in all likelihood take place in the first half of 2021.
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Unimog / Unimog at the “Interforst 2018”
« Last post by fasteddy on July 17, 2018, 11:07:37 AM »
With its three highlight exhibits of the Unimog implement carrier series, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is for the first time represented at the Interforst show with its own stand from 18.-22. July 2018 in Munich (open area F10, stand no. 1010/3). On display will be an Unimog U 529 with a two-axle tandem push-trailer and an Unimog U 530 with long wheelbase equipped with a front-mounted chipper. Also presented will be an Unimog U 530 with a height-adjustable cab which is for professional operation of the body-mounted crane.
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Formula One / 2018 German Grand Prix - Preview
« Last post by fasteddy on July 17, 2018, 11:06:24 AM »
Toto Talks Germany

“We didn’t score as many points in the triple-header as we had hoped for. A lot of that was down to our own mistakes. However, there is a silver lining to this – while we didn’t maximise on points, we did bring the quickest car to all three races.

“Hockenheim will mark the halfway point of the 2018 season. We’v e had a decent first half – on the one hand, we’ve left points on the table and had to do damage limitation more often than we would have wanted. On the other hand, we still scored a good amount of points, both drivers have shown strong performances and we have a fast car. So there are many reasons why we’re looking forward to the second half of the 2018 season; we’re hungry, ambitious and want to kick on from here.

“Going to Hockenheim always feels like coming home; it’s only about a 90 minute drive from the Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart. While we had the great opportunity to race in front of many of our colleagues from Brackley and Brixworth in Silverstone, we’re now looking forward to welcoming the German members of the Mercedes family to the circuit and to holding high the three-pointed star on home turf.

“The track itself is quite interesting; it has a variety of corner speeds and will test every aspect of the car. We will fight hard to not only put on a good show for our friends and fans in Hockenheim, but also get the result that they will be hoping for.”& lt; /p>

Featured this Week: The in-season development race

The 2018 Formula One season sees the closest and toughest fight in recent years. While that epic battle is fought on-track, one of the determining aspects of this year’s Championship happens off-track. It’s the in-season development race – the improvements the teams bring to their car while the racing season is in full swing.

What are the main areas of the car a team develops during the season?

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport will focus mainly on three areas: aerodynamics, the Power Unit and the tyres. The aim of aerodynamic development is to find new and better bodywork packages. For the Power Unit, the team will usually pursue two goals. The first is to bring new component designs to the PU; the second is to learn how hard we can actually push the PU. At the beginning of the season, the team wants to make sure that the Power Unit runs reliably. As the reliability has to be proved on the dyno, we will usually start a little more conservative to have a product that can run the required mileage. Once a reliable base has been established, all subsequent long runs of the engine will focus on trying to extract more power. In those runs, the team will be more willing to push the PU a bit harder on the dyno. This is a well-calibrated process as we aim to find the exact limits of the PU without overstepping them – but knowing that if we overstep the mark, there is still a proven configuration on the track. The third focus area for in-season testing is the tyres, because the teams only get to see them for the first time properly in winter testing. The tyres are a major performance factor and it takes a while to fully understand them and be able to exploit them to the maximum. This might not necessarily have an impact on the subsequent development and design of the car; it will, however, very likely change the way the team uses the car in order to get the most from the tyres.

How much time can a team find through in-season development?

The exact amount of time a team can find over the course of the season is one of the better-kept secrets of this sport – and we aim to keep it that way. However, it is sufficient to say that in-season development has considerable impact on the season’s result. If a team were to stop development of their car after the first race, while all the others brought developments for the rest of the season, that team would drop several positions in the Constructors’ standings – simply by not bringing improvements to the car. In Formula One, if you don’t go forwards, you go backwards.

How is the development schedule for in-season upgrades determined?

That depends on the components. For the Power Unit, the development course is mostly dictated by the regulations. With only three PUs for the entire season, the team wants to make sure that the mileage is split relatively evenly between those three. Other components are driven by the specifics of the circuit. Monza, for example, typically needs a lower rear wing level than most of the other tracks. So the team will develop the rear-wing and low-downforce package sufficiently in advance of Monza to be able to construct those pieces for the race weekend. For the aero programme, an outline plane will be established that says roughly when you will want to introduce new packages. It’s usually spaced to a sufficient degree such that the team is confident that it will have found a decent number of gains which are then brought to the track as a package. However, those schedules are very fluid – mostly, because the team can never be sure precisely where the gains are going to come, how big they will be and how easy they will be to implement. Last but not least, there is also the opportunistic kind of development – where someone just has a good idea and the team decides to make it. So while some update packages might have been planned for months, others updates might be brought to the car as soon as the team finds them.

How important is driver feedback for in-season development?

Driver feedback plays an important role. While it will rarely change the fundamental performance direction of the car, driver feedback allows the team to modify its approach and make sure the car really suits the driver. This is especially true for all aspects of driver comfort, for example seat position, mirrors, steering wheel angle or pedal spacing. While those might seem like minor details, they are important to get right as a driver who is uncomfortable won’t be able to get the best out of the car. While the key ingredients of a fast car are usually universal for all drivers, driver feedback still impacts the performance development of the car, as it helps the team to identify the areas of the car they should focus on in the ongoing development process.

A tough in-season fight also means that teams will put a lot of effort into the in-season development of the car. How do teams find the right balance of in-season development and working on next year’s car?

A team wants to make sure that it doesn’t sacrifice next year’s performance for this year’s points. However, the decision on when to shift more and more people from this year’s development to next year’s is not an easy one – especially in a hard-fought fight. If a team is miles ahead in the Championship, it’s a relatively easy decision because the team can back off early, knowing that the others won’t be able to catch up. The same is also true for a team that is miles behind, because no matter how hard they try, they won’ t be able to catch the other team. It gets more difficult when the Championship fight is really close. If it is close, a team will tend to give a bit more to the current championship than it might be otherwise comfortable with. The upcoming regulations are also a factor in this equation. They remained fairly stable for the current season, meaning that teams could change over quite late, knowing that it wasn’t going to hurt anything in particular. For next year, however, the aerodynamic changes in the regulations are quite big, so it would be risky to ignore them.

How much inspiration draw teams from the development of other teams and cars?

When teams see something good that they have not tried before and that looks implementable on their respective cars, they will look at it in simulation or the wind tunnel and, if it is good, they will introduce it on their car as well. However, because the concepts of the cars are very different, those inspirations tend to only affect small things in a small way – and they’re not easy to implement either.
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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport got this weekend that marks the half-way point in the season off to a terrific start by taking the top four positions in this ninth race of the season at the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Championship leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) took his fourth win (2005, 2009, 2010 and now 2018) from his 18th start at Zandvoort. Earlier today, the 2005 DTM champion had secured his 14th DTM pole and 133rd in the DTM for the brand with the three-pointed star – the seventh so far this season. This was Gary’s third win of the year and the 23rd victory of his DTM career, enabling him to draw level with Mattias Ekström on the list of all-time winners in the DTM. Only Bernd Schneider and Klaus Ludwig have taken more wins; Schneider holds the record with 43 wins, followed by Klaus Ludwig on 37.

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have won at least one race at each of the five race weekends held so far this season, taking at least the top two positions in four of those events. Overall, this was the brand’s 187th victory in the DTM – the sixth so far this year and seventh at the Circuit Zandvoort.

Team-mates Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) and Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) finished alongside Gary on the podium, so in the first nine races of the season, the squad has now notched up 15 podiums between them. All in all, following their podium lock-out at Zandvoort, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have achieved 551 podiums during 30 years of contesting the DTM.

Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) in fourth place rounded off the team’s strong performance. Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) had a technical problem in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning. He was unable to set his brake balance properly and had to start from 18th on the grid. However, he soon shot up into 13th place which is where he finished this ninth race of the season. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) booked P16. 

Gary (127 points) extended his lead in the drivers' championship with his second pole and third win of the season. Paul is now in second place overall with 106 points. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (497 points) are in first place in the manufacturers' championship. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (184 points) have pulled out a small lead on SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (180 points) in the team competition.

Looking ahead to race 2: The tenth round of the 2018 DTM season starts on Sunday at 13:30 CEST (live on SAT.1 at 13:00 CEST). Third practice will take place before that at 09:15 CEST followed by the second qualifying at 11:20 CEST. During each race weekend, we will provide live timing data, live commentary, fan voting and exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team on our website at: www.mercedes-amg-motorsport.com/dtm.

Comments after the race

Gary Paffett (37, England):

    P1
    Car number: 2
    Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“It’s been a fantastic day for me. 28 points in one day is just perfect. We've had a great car all season, and it was the same again today in qualifying and the race. I got off to a really good start and subsequently controlled the race, which allowed us to pull out a lead. The strategy was also very good, and the pit stop was mega. The guys put in a great performance today. When the safety car came out, the situation got tricky again. After all, you never know what’s going to happen in an Indy restart. But it all worked out brilliantly, and I got my 23rd victory. I’m tied with Mattias [Ekström] on the third most DTM victories – incredible! Many thanks to Mercedes for all the support over the years.”

Paul Di Resta (32, Scotland):

    P2
    Car number: 3
    Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“That was a productive day. I improved from third on the grid to finish second. I would obviously have liked to come in ahead of Gary, because this has allowed him to extend his lead. But in the championship, consistency eventually pays off. So I’ll keep fighting, because nothing is settled until the end of the season. Up to then, you have to make sure you stay in contention.”

Lucas Auer (23, Austria):

    P3
    Car number: 22
    Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I’m really proud of my performance in qualifying today. We still have to analyse the race in some detail, but I’m obviously happy about the podium. My crew executed a superb pit stop, which gained me some time. I'm usually quite good in the restarts after a safety car deployment – making a flying start on cold tyres is fine by me. That enabled me to gain a position. All in all, I feel good, and if we can just up our game slightly, tomorrow should be another good day.”

Pascal Wehrlein (23, Germany):

    P4
    Car number: 94
    Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“You can’t blame anyone for the pit stop, but it cost me second place and maybe even the victory, because I was faster than Gary in the first stint. I’m obviously annoyed about that, but there’s nothing to be done after the event. The main thing for me is that today’s race went much better than at the Norisring. There was no comparison. And in the races before that, I had been relatively competitive. The car is back to feeling the way it should.”

Edoardo Mortara (31, Italy):

    P13
    Car number: 48
    Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“What a frustrating day that was. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage any more today. In qualifying, we had a problem with the brake balance setting. Then in the race itself, I had difficulties with the brakes. We now have to try to fix the problems by tomorrow.”

Daniel Juncadella (26, Spain):

    P16
    Car number: 23
    Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS
    Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“That was a very strange race. I stalled the engine just before the start. Fortunately, I was able to restart the car quickly and get away normally. Nevertheless, I still lost two places as a result. I had an excellent pit stop after that on Lap 2 where our guys did a great job, putting me in points contention. I was directly behind Marco Wittmann when Bruno [Spengler] came out of the pits and left me with practically nowhere to go in Turn 3. That led to a contact, and Jamie was able to overtake. The same thing happened to me with Philipp Eng two laps later. My car was badly damaged in the incidents and my pace was not good enough to finish higher up the field. But I’ll be back on the attack again tomorrow!”

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM:

“Congratulations to the entire team on this superb result. Monopolising the first four positions on a track as demanding as Zandvoort is a remarkable achievement. The first two thirds of the race went according to plan as Gary, Paul and Pascal pulled out a comfortable lead. Then came the safety car and the IndyCar restart. Fortunately, this situation also had a good outcome, allowing us to take the victory without complications. Congratulations also to Gary on his 23rd DTM win. He now has as many victories under his belt as Mattias Ekström. What a magnificent achievement!”
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Navigation / A country wedding
« Last post by fasteddy on July 13, 2018, 08:29:41 AM »
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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today announced a planned transition of its senior technical leadership which will see the baton handed on to the next generation of leaders within the Team for 2019 and beyond.

Aldo Costa (57) has chosen to move into the role of Technical Advisor to the Team from the beginning of 2019, in order to spend more time with his family in Italy. Aldo joined Mercedes in 2011, following a highly successful Formula One career with Ferrari and Minardi, and played a central role in structuring the Team’s technical organisation and leading it to championship success.

As part of the transition to the future, the Engineering Group led by Aldo has evolved in recent months. In the months to come it will take an even sharper focus on car design activities. Chief Designer John Owen (45) will become the senior member of this group, under the leadership of Technical Director James Allison. John has been with the team since 2007.

In parallel, Performance Director Mark Ellis (54) has decided to retire from his current position and to take a sabbatical beginning mid-2019. Mark returned to Brackley in 2014 following six years with Red Bull Racing that included multiple world championship wins, and continued that run of success with Mercedes. He previously worked with BAR and Jaguar Racing in Formula One.

Chief Vehicle Dynamicist Loic Serra (46) will be appointed Performance Director by the end of 2018 and Mark will support this transition until the middle of next year. Loic has worked for Mercedes since 2010.

This pro-active implementation of the organisation’s succession planning draws on the internal capability that has been built in recent years by identifying and developing future leaders within the Team. The changes are being made with the full buy-in of all involved.

Team Principal Toto Wolff commented:

“This is a significant moment for our Team and a great opportunity. We have said many times that you cannot freeze a successful organisation; it is a dynamic structure and I am proud that we are able to hand the baton smoothly to the next generation of leaders inside the team. We have been in discussion for many months with both Mark and Aldo about how best to implement this transition and to empower their successors. They could not be more different personalities but they have both respected that difference and their legacy with Mercedes will stand test of time. Since the early days of 2013, Aldo and I have shared many dinners in Oxford as fellow European exiles, as well as some amazing days in the car at the Mille Miglia last year. I have got to know not just an outstanding individual but also somebody who has taught me so much about Formula One and the humility it takes in order to be successful. With Mark, when we first met we could never have imagined the success we would achieve together. He has been a sparring partner in the truest sense of the word – and I will miss our ‘tough love’ discussions with their shared passion for our Team and driven by the ultimate will to win. Mark and Aldo have both helped to shape the timing and manner of these changes, and the Team’s future is very bright with John, Loic and our entire technical leadership working under James’ direction.”

Performance Director Mark Ellis commented:

“After 30 flat-out seasons in motorsport, 19 of them in Formula One, I have decided it is time for me to take a sabbatical from the sport. On a personal level, it will allow me to take a (hopefully well-earned) break to consider my next steps while remaining part of the Mercedes family, whilst on a professional level, it has enabled us jointly to plan the succession in a structured way and create and develop the space for the next generation to step up. I would especially like to thank Toto for allowing me the space to bring my best to this incredible team and the opportunity to share the incredible journey over the last few years as well as the support from all my fellow engineers. This is without a doubt the best team I have ever worked with, at every level of the organisation; it is packed full of awesome people with a shared determination to deliver excellence in a humble, open and collaborative manner, a truly cohesive organisation which I shall miss. Our championships in recent years have been underpinned by the approach of developing our people along with our long-term capability; this transition is proof of that philosophy in action.”< /p>

Engineering Director Aldo Costa commented:

“The last seven years with Mercedes have been an amazing experience – not just successful professionally but also a life experience that has enriched me and my family, and given us a more open and international mind-set. Back in 2011, it took just a few weeks to settle in the team and dedicate myself to this new challenge. The reason for the easy fit was the attitude of my colleagues, with their warm welcome, respect and collaborative approach all the way through the team. This has been especially true with Toto: we share a professional challenge and also a personal passion for racing, and I have been grateful for his trust and full support in what I have tried to achieve. We have seen the team progress and achieve success, and now our next challenge is to create an even stronger group to meet the challenges of the next decade. Over the past year, I have worked with Toto and James to develop a long-term succession plan to help the next generation do the job in the best possible way. I am happy to leave the baton in the capable hands of John and James – and to continue to support the new organisation as a Technical Advisor to ensure it prospers in the future.”

Technical Director James Allison concluded:

“Our drivers, anyone who is a fan of our Team and, most of all, those of us lucky enough to work at Brackley and Brixworth, owe both Mark and Aldo a huge debt of gratitude. As a Johnny-come-lately to this Team my own sense of gratitude is larger than most: not just for the fun and challenge of working alongside them over two seasons, nor only for the huge power of the engineering groups that they have created and lead, but above all for the unique manner and grace of their intended departure. Aldo and Mark signalled their intention to step down over a year ago and have continued to give heart and soul to the company. Every day they take the fight to our competition with undiminished vigour and yet both men have reached deeper still in order to help me and others in the planning and implementation of their succession. Mark and Aldo pass on an unrivalled technical legacy to worthy and well-prepared successors to whom they have set a magnificent example of top-drawer technical leadership.”
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Formula One / 2018 British Grand Prix - Sunday
« Last post by fasteddy on July 11, 2018, 03:22:56 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

It was a difficult race, but I gave it everything and I’m grateful to make it back up to second. It was eventful from the start, but in the final laps we just didn’t have the pace of the Ferraris on the fresher tyres. I’m very grateful that the car was in one piece after the incident in Turn 3 and that I could continue the race. I was last at that point, but I still believed that I could win – and I needed that mentality to make it back to where I finished. When the guys in front of me pitted under the Safety Car, it was an opportunity for me to get up into third. It was absolutely the right decision – if I had followed them into the pits I would have come out behind them on equal tyres and I would have struggled to get by them and most certainly would not have been second. The fans have been incredible this weekend and I’m so grateful for all their support.

Valtteri Bottas

I’m very disappointed, leading the race and then dropping to fourth in the last few laps feels pretty bad. The others pitted under the Safety Car, but we took the risk and stayed out to get ahead of Sebastian. It worked out initially, everything felt fine in the beginning. I was giving it everything I could in the re-starts, I had to push like in qualifying, but with about five laps to go, the tyres just could not take it any more. I tried everything to not give up the lead, but there was nothing I could do at that point to defend against the others on the fresher tyres. We knew a one-stop was not going to be easy, but we decided to take the risk. Unfortunately, that stint on the Medium tyres was just a bit too long today. It’s always easy to judge these things in hindsight, but at the point we made the call to stay out I was on the same page. I could have easily taken second place today, but we decided to go for it. I will continue to give it everything and I’m sure that one day it will work out.

Toto Wolff

That was an incredible race – thrilling right to the finish and full of drama. For Lewis, it was an awesome fightback to second after running dead last on lap one; and for Valtteri, we gave it everything to try and claim the win – and he arguably would have done so without the first Safety Car period, as he was closing fast on Sebastian at that point. First of all, we need to look at our own performance and what we can improve from today. We clearly have work to do on our starts, as we lost ground once again to Ferrari. But after yesterday’s very close qualifying session, it was encouraging to see the underlying pace of the car – and that we had better tyre usage than our competitors. We made the right call to leave both cars out under the Safety Car: we had planned to do the opposite to Ferrari, as it was our best chance to win, so when they pitted we stayed out on track with both cars. We took the improved track position and knew it would be tough to hold on. Valtteri defended like a lion but just couldn’t hold off Sebastian as the tyres were dropping away – and still did a great job to take P4. For Lewis, on fresher tyres, it got him back to P2 and maximum damage limitation. Overall, though, we are left with the feeling of “what might have been” after one of our cars was taken out for the second time in three races on lap one. In the past three weekends, we have lost points through our own mistakes and those of others – now we need to get our heads down, keep developing and put the performance to good use in the next 11 races. It’s all to play for.

James Allison

This sport is at its very best when unpredictable and we saw that proven today with a thrilling spectacle for the aficionado and casual fan alike. However, as a Mercedes team member, it hurts a lot not to have Lewis on the top step of the podium where his blinding pace today should have put him. Leaving aside the misfortune of the first lap, it is intriguing to speculate how the final part of the race would have played out without the Safety Car. Valtteri was in very good shape on his tyres, and closing on Vettel, who we had seen was more challenged on tyre wear during the race. But it was not to be. Although we have endured a couple of difficult weekends, this has not been because the car was slow but for a host of other unconnected reasons. In the end, pace normally tells over the course of a season, and if we bring it to bear in the next 11 races, we will muscle our way back into a title race that is very much ours to win.
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Formula One / 2018 British Grand Prix - Saturday
« Last post by fasteddy on July 11, 2018, 03:22:11 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

That lap took everything out of me, it was the toughest lap I’ve ever had to do in a qualifying session. I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the car and I could have easily not pulled that lap together, so I’m thankful that I was able to do it. I knew that the fans were right there with me; every time I go out I see them cheering. The support I get at this track is phenomenal; it means the world to me and it really lifts me up. The start and the tyre management will be key for the race; I’m going to see my guys tonight and tell them to keep pushing so that we’re as good as we can get tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas

I’m disappointed – our pace was good today and it was all going well for me, but I lost it in the last two corners. I went a bit too deep into Turn 16, lost a few tenths there and dropped to fourth. Without that mistake I think I would have been fighting for pole today. The Ferraris looked strong yesterday already and it was very close today between us and them, so I expect a similarly close fight tomorrow. It’s not going to be easy to pass them tomorrow, but we’ve seen overtaking on this track before, so there’s still opportunity for more. We saw blistering last week in Austria, so keeping the tyres in good condition is going to be the key tomorrow given the high temperatures. It is going to be a long and hot race, a tough battle, but I’m looking forward to it.

Toto Wolff

You probably can’t ask for anything more from a qualifying session than to have three cars within a tenth of a second at the front. The atmosphere this afternoon was incredible: every time Lewis passed, you could hear the crowd cheering above the noise of the cars, and that support probably made the difference today. In the end, he was just 44 thousandths ahead of Sebastian – and Valtteri could have been right in the mix as well, apart from a mistake in the last corners that cost him over two tenths. We know already that it will be a tough race tomorrow, and especially so with two Ferraris starting right behind Lewis. There is everything still to play for and we will have to be at our very best as a team if we wish to come out on top.

James Allison

Yesterday’s free practice running proved an extremely accurate portent of what we saw today. It looked very tight at the front on Friday and so it proved in qualifying: it needed a very good lap from Lewis to put the car on pole and, save for an error in the final corners, Valtteri would have been just behind. If Friday’s running proves as accurate a gauge of tomorrow’s relative performance as it did for today’s, then we are in for a tight and tough afternoon, when strategy and tyre management will play vital pasrts in who gets to the lift the silverware at the end. The car performed well in the heat on the long runs and we hope we can achieve the same level of performance, or more, when it counts.
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Formula One / 2018 British Grand Prix - Friday
« Last post by fasteddy on July 11, 2018, 03:21:25 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

The atmosphere has been great – the weather is fantastic and the crowd was incredible today. The track is the fastest it has ever been; we’re flat out through Copse and Turn 1 and through Turn 2 with the DRS – it’s insane how fast it is. The faster this track gets, the better it gets. It has to be the best track in the world, it feels like driving a fighter jet around the track. However, it is also the bumpiest track I’ve ever experienced; it’s like the Nordschleife! With the speeds we’re going now and the G forces we’r e pulling, I think it’s going to be the most physical race of the year. I was on the Soft and the Medium tyres today; the Soft felt better than the Medium, and they seem to last – which is impressive if you look at the forces and loads they have to take on this track. It’s going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast. We’re in for a serious fight which is great for the fans and I hope that we can pull through.

Valtteri Bottas

The track is quite different compared to previous years – there’s a lot of grip from the new tarmac, but at the same time a lot of bumps. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to affect us in terms of performance, only the high-speed corners like Turn 9 or Turn 13 are a bit trickier. But it’s not a big issue since we also gained grip from the new tarmac. We got the Soft tyres working okay; we experienced some overheating issues as track temperatures hit more than 50 degrees today, and we expect similar conditions on Saturday and Sunday. The Hard tyres felt more robust; it was a bit slower, but will go longer. The Ferraris look really competitive; I expect us to find more performance for tomorrow, but it is going to be really close.

James Allison

If anyone thought this weekend was going to be a walk in the park for us, then today will have disabused them of that notion. It looks mighty close at the front between us and Ferrari – both on the long runs and the short runs. It’s going to be quite a tussle, managing the tyres on a very, very demanding track in hot conditions. From what we can see, we’ve got a decent handling car that has every chance of doing well both tomorrow and Sunday if we make all the right moves.
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Daimler Business / Dieter Zetsche at the RISE conference in Hong Kong
« Last post by fasteddy on July 11, 2018, 03:20:06 PM »
Hong Kong. How will Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning shape the future of the automobile industry and help the company to meet customer wishes? This was the subject of a discussion with Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the RISE conference, Asia's most important tech-conference, on 10 July 2018 in Hong Kong.

Artificial intelligence is key future topic for Daimler in all areas of the company. Indeed the inventor of the Automobile already places its confidence in artificial intelligence, for example in the new A-Class: Its multimedia system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) has a unique learning capability and intuitive operation.

In a live session entitled "From AI to Green Tea. East-West lessons for the inventor of the car", Dieter Zetsche also discussed autonomous driving as part of the mobility of the future in the presence of around 700 international journalists, influencer and conference participants.

Excerpt from the session with Dieter Zetsche at RISE conference

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“We have listened, tried to understand and put in the demands of the customers. A very important example are cars with an extended wheelbase as Chinese customers obviously like to take their families and friends with them. When we came up with added models, we have surprised and exceeded the expectations of our customers."

“Again good news: we are the first company to receive a license to road test autonomous cars in Beijing. Not one of the easiest challenges, but that’s a good test. We are happy because China is the biggest market for us. And when we go for autonomous driving, we have to make sure that it works in China. Therefore this testing is extremely precious for us.”

“Of course we are already testing autonomous cars at our own facilities. We most recently became from a city in California the possibility to participate in a real life test which is a very big and important step for us.”

During a tour at the RISE conference, Dieter Zetsche also had a meeting with the Silicon Valley icon Guy Kawasaki. "Here at RISE, I meet the most important players in the Asian tech scene and inspiring people from all over the world. There is hardly a more suitable platform for the dialogue between East and West on the most central digital topics of the future", said the Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador in Hong Kong.

The video of the session with Dieter Zetsche at the RISE conference on July 10, 2018 can be found on me Media at: https://media.mercedes-benz.com/.
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