The curtain falls on the stage of the 2015 motorsport and it falls in style for Mercedes-Benz. After the most successful year in motorsport, the Stuttgart grand brand made the biggest ever celebration at the Mercedes-Benz Arena to show gratitude to fans and to crown the champion of the champions.
Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Daniel Juncadella was the best driver in the friendly competition that took place in Stuttgart, in front of more than 35,000 spectators, for the first time in a football arena. Juncadella defeated Pascal Wehrlein in the final round and – for the first time ever – became the champion of the champions.
16 drivers raced at the Mercedes-Benz Arenna, including Formula One speed addicts Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen and Formula One and DTM driver David Coulthard. All were given identical cars and changed the vehicle as they progressed through to the next round.
Four vehicles were used for the competition at the stadium: the Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC opened the ball at the stadium. Then, it was the turn of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S to play in the quarter finals. The Mercedes-AMG GT S was the car especially reserved for the semifinals, while the SLS AMG GT 3 rounded up the show in the final round.
On the way to victory, Juncadella prevailed over Lucas Auer, Bernd Schneider and Nico Rosberg. His opponent in the final, Pascal Wehrlein, eliminated Jean Alesi in the first round before going on to beat David Coulthard in the quarter-final and Lewis Hamilton in the semis. The winner of the final round under the floodlights of the Mercedes-Benz Arena was Juncadella by a score of 2:0.
In 2015, Mercedes bounced back after a very bumpy 2014. 19 titles in Formula 1, DTM, Formula 3, GP3 Series and the AMG Customer Sports Programme were ticked by the Mercedes racers.
“We’ve had an incredible motor racing year,” stated Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Marketing. “Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we would win every series in which we took part this season. Motor racing is incredibly important to Mercedes-Benz. Our brand was born on the racetrack, and this year our star shone brightly as never before in the world of motor racing.”
Fans, those who were at the stadium and those who were not can’t wait for the next season to begin! See you in 2016!