The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” of Sir Stirling Moss is on display at the F1 British Grand Prix for the racing weekend. It is the moment Mercedes-AMG Petronas is attempting its comeback at the top of the ranking.
The original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” racing sports car (W 196 S), that one that Sir Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia race with, back in 1955, is at Silverstone these days. The Silver Arrows have achieved a total of 12 victories there and Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are chasing number 13 this upcoming Sunday.
The iconic automobile will commemorate Sir Stirling Moss, who died last year, at 90. The car is on display in the F1 Fan Zone in the infield of the English circuit, in a glass cube. The exact same car, with Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson onboard, won the Mille Miglia with the best time ever achieved. The legendary British racing river also won the British Grand Prix in 1955 with Mercedes-Benz. He eventually returned as a winner with Vanwall, in 1957.
Following its display at the British Grand Prix, the 300 SLR “722” will go to Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, between 20th of July an 12th of September. From there, it will arrive to the Goodwood Revival in September. It will participate, together with a Mercedes-Benz W 196 R, in a presentation of Sir Stirling Moss’ racing cars. It will then return to its place under the spotlight at the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection.
Tough weekend for Mercedes-AMG Petronas at the British Grand Prix
It will be a tough weekend for Mercedes-AMG Petronas, even though Silverstone is only a 10-minute drive from their “home” in Brackley. Lewis Hamilton fell second in the overall ranking of 2021, behind Re Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Mercedes is also second in the Constructors’ ranking. The team’s cars had to settle for the 3rd and the 5th time in Free Practice on Friday. The Dutch driver was once again the fastest.