Tales from the paddock: Championship lead, class wins and podium finishes

Sep 8, 2021

Zandvoort, Spielberg and soon Monza: It's just one motorsport classic after another at the moment

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • F1: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish the race at Zandvoort in second and third position respectively. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team extends its lead in the Constructors' World Championship
  • DTM: Two podiums and a third place for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the two races at Spielberg
  • DTM Trophy: A Mercedes-AMG GT4 wins Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring
  • GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup: Double podium for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the Nürburgring
  • GT4 European Series: A win and a P3 for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the Eifel

News snippets

Facts & figures from Zandvoort: After a 36-year absence, Formula One returned to Zandvoort last weekend for what turned out to be a home win in front of a sea of orange. On Sunday, local hero Max Verstappen became the first contestant to add his name to the winners' list of the Dutch Grand Prix since Niki Lauda in the 1985 season. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished second and third to register another double podium for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. For Lewis it was the 175th podium finish of his Formula One career and for Valtteri the 125th points finish in the premier class. After 13 races, Mercedes lead Red Bull by 12 points in the Constructors' World Championship.

Monza, here we come: Next weekend, F1 rounds off a triple-header at three classic Grand Prix circuits. The Spa-Francorchamps rollercoaster in the Belgian Ardennes and the circuit set amid the North Sea dunes of Zandvoort are to be followed by a third instalment at the high-speed temple of Monza. This year's Italian Grand Prix will be the 72nd and, except for a solitary occasion (Imola), the premier class has always been hosted by the Royal Park of Monza. A Mercedes car has won the Italian Grand Prix seven times so far, twice with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel (1954 and 1955), four times with Lewis Hamilton (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) and once with Nico Rosberg (2016). The two most recent contests at Monza were won by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc (2019) and Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly (2020). Scuderia Ferrari is also the most successful team on its home circuit, with a tally of 19 wins, followed by McLaren on ten. The two record world championship winners Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton top the drivers' standings at this venue, with five GP victories each. The current lap record is 1:18.887 minutes, set by Lewis on his pole lap last year. The fastest race lap so far dates back to 2004 when Ferrari man Rubens Barrichello clocked a time of 1:21.046 minutes.

Mercedes-AMG extends lead in DTM manufacturers' standings: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has continued its series of podium successes in the DTM, with a tenth Top Three finish in as many races. On the fifth weekend of the 2021 season at Austria's Red Bull Ring, Maximilian Götz (GER) and Philip Ellis (SUI) featured on the podium no fewer than three times. Driving the number 4 car of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, Götz finished runner-up on Saturday and third on Sunday. Ellis in the #57 Mercedes-AMG WINWARD ensured a Mercedes-AMG double podium in Race 1 with a P3.

For Götz, this was already a fifth podium finish of the campaign. He is currently third in the drivers' standings and very much in contention for the title. Between them, the teams fielding Mercedes-AMG GT3s delivered another eight Top Ten finishes, which enabled Mercedes-AMG to extend its lead in the manufacturers' standings to over 100 points.

The next two DTM races will be held at Assen in the Netherlands on the weekend of 18/19 September.

Double podium in the GT World Challenge Europe: In the Mercedes home race at the Nürburgring, the Customer Racing teams contesting the GT World Challenge Europe chalked up a first double podium of the season in the Endurance Cup.

Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP (#88) and Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#4) both put in strong performances in the three-hour race on the Grand Prix circuit.

Felipe Fraga (BRA), Jules Gounon (FRA) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) in the number 88 car were podium bound for the entire duration of the race, eventually crossing the line in second place. Nico Bastian (GER), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) in the HRT #4 secured third place thanks in part to canny pit stop tactics. The result was enough for Marciello and AKKA ASP to consolidate second place in the drivers' and team standings.

Marvin Dienst (GER), Paul Petit (FRA) and Oscar Tunjo (COL) of Toksport WRT also contributed a class podium in the endurance race. The trio driving the #7 Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished third in the Silver Cup.

Two race wins for the Mercedes-AMG GT4: In the DTM Trophy held as part of the DTM support programme, William Tregurtha (GBR) won the second race of the weekend in the #85 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of CV Performance Group. This second win of the season elevates him to second place in the series' drivers' standings.

In the GT4 European Series at the Nürburgring, Jan Marschalkowski (GER) and Théo Nouet (FRA) dominated the first race. The Team Zakspeed duo, who are normally found competing in the ADAC GT4 Germany, were guest entrants at the Nürburgring and promptly secured victory on Saturday. On Sunday, the pair finished on the podium again in third place.

There were also three class podiums to celebrate in the Pro-Am class. In Saturday's race, Luca Bosco (ITA) and Maxime Soulet (BEL) in the Selleslagh Racing #34 secured third place. On Sunday, Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jim Pla (both FRA) in the AKKA ASP Team #87 finished second, followed by third-placed Robert Haub (USA) and Gabriela Jílková (CZE) in the second Team Zakspeed car.

First title signed, sealed and delivered: Marcin Jedlinski (POL) of Olimp Racing has wrapped up the first championship of the 2021 season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Driving the #77 Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the Automotodrom Brno, he secured class victory in the first race of the weekend in the Eastern European Eset Cup Series, a result that was enough for him to take the series' GT3 sprint title.

Also in the GT3 class, Marcin Jedlinski won the second race and Piotr Wira (POL) of Good Speed Racing Team claimed victory in the third.

Buggyra Zero Mileage Racing contributed two class wins to the Mercedes-AMG GT4 account. In the one-hour endurance race, Aliyyah Koloc (CZE) and David Vrsecky (CZE) in the #29 took the win as a duo. Koloc then drove solo to claim the win in the second of the two sprint races.

More class wins and podium successes all over the world: In the Endurance Brasil race at the Autodromo Velo Città, Ricardo Baptista and Cacá Bueno (BRA) of Team RC finished second overall and first in the GT3 class. A second Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#3) driven by Alexandre Auler and Guilherme Salas (both BRA) of Racing M3 finished in the class Top Three. The Autlog Racing Team trio of Flavio Abrunhoza, Cássio H. Mello and André Moraes Jr. (all BRA) driving a Mercedes-AMG GT4 took the class win in the four-hour race.

Teams fielding Mercedes-AMG GT4s were also victorious in Italy and China. In the Italian GT Championship race at Imola, Diego Di Fabio and Luca Magnoni (both ITA) driving the number 207 Nova Race car were victorious in the GT4-AM classification. Phantom Pro Racing secured a GT4 class victory at the Ningbo International Circuit courtesy of Xie An and Wang Hao (both CHN) who finished sixth overall.

Luca Stolz and Maro Engel, #6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
Jules Gounon, Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (#89 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT) at the podium ceremony
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP
#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Maximilian Götz, #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Lucas Auer, Maximilian Götz and Maximilian Buhk at the podium ceremony
#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Théo Nouet and Jan Marschalkowski, Team Zakspeed, at the podium ceremony
#13 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Team Zakspeed
William Tregurtha, #85 Mercedes-AMG GT4, CV Performance Group
Matias Salonen, #84 Mercedes-AMG GT4, CV Performance Group
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dutch GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas