Tales from the paddock: Making motorsport history in Sochi and on the Nordschleife

Sep 29, 2021

Lewis Hamilton and Janine Shoffner wrote themselves into the motor racing history books last weekend with a 100th victory in the highest echelon of the sport and a special celebration at the Nürburgring.

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This is what happened: Results and facts

  • F1: Lewis Hamilton triumphs in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi
  • GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup: Maro Engel and Luca Stolz win both races in Valencia
  • International GT Open: Victory for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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Facts & figures from Sochi: Last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix would have been hard to beat in terms of excitement. In a tense final stage, which was characterised by increasingly heavy rain, Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth victory of the season and retook the lead in the Drivers’ World Championship. After 15 of the 22 races on the 2021 calendar, he leads the championship by two points ahead of Max Verstappen. The Dutchman finished the race in second place, while Valtteri Bottas fought his way up to fifth after having to start from the back of the grid following a power unit change. It was a result that consolidated the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s 100‑percent winning record in Russia, a streak that began with two victories for the Benz marque in 1913 and 1914. The Sochi Autodrom, which winds its way around the campus of the 2014 Winter Olympics, hosted its first Grand Prix in that same year, and the team has won all eight races at the circuit since. Lewis is the most successful driver at the venue with five wins.

100 victories: The win at Sochi not only earned Lewis valuable points towards the Drivers’ World Championship but also made Formula One history. This 100th Grand Prix victory marks yet another milestone in his career and breaks through a ceiling that no other driver has approached so far. After making a podium appearance on his F1 debut in the 2007 Australian GP, Lewis then scored a maiden victory in Montreal in only his sixth Grand Prix. Between 2007 and 2012, he won a grand total of 21 races as a McLaren-Mercedes driver, including the first hybrid victory in F1 history in Hungary in 2009. After joining the Mercedes factory team in the 2013 season, his first appearance on the top step of the podium as a Mercedes F1 Team driver came in the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix. Since then, he has won 79 Grands Prix in his 171 races with the team. And it should also be noted that Lewis achieved all of his 100 race wins with Mercedes power in the engine compartment of his car.

Two wins for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport at the final of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup: Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) won the final two races of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Driving the number 6 car fielded by Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT, the duo first won the Sunday morning race from second on the grid. The #88 of Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP with Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) at the wheel contributed another podium finish with third place. A P3 for AKKA ASP’s #87 in the Silver Cup and a P3 for the number 20 SPS automotive performance in the Pro-Am classification rounded off a successful morning session for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport.

The final race of the season in the afternoon turned out to be even more rewarding. The Mercedes-AMG GT3s had already put themselves in a perfect starting position on Saturday. Engel and Stolz qualified in pole position and were joined on the front row by Jules Gounon (FRA) and Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (ROU) in the #87 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3. With their team-mates Jim Pla (FRA) and Konstantin Tereschenko (RUS) in the #89 starting from third and Dominik Baumann (AUT) and Valentin Pierburg (GER) in the #20 from fourth, the fans were treated to the sight of the two front rows on the grid monopolised by Mercedes-AMG.

The Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT number 6 once again took the chequered flag first in the afternoon to claim a second win of the weekend and secure second place in the overall Sprint Cup standings. The victorious duo were followed across the line by Gounon and Umbrarescu to make it a one-two win for the brand. Victory in their class gave Pla and Tereschenko third place in the overall Silver classification, while a class win for the SPS automotive performance #20 was enough for the driver pairing of Baumann and Pierburg to lift the runners-up trophy in the Pro-Am classification.

The 2021 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup is now over, but the final race of the Endurance Cup is still to come. This will be contested on 10 October at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Shoffner makes history in round eight of the NLS: Janine Shoffner (GBR) delivered a historic solo drive at the 53rd ADAC Barbarossapreis, the eighth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series season. The Brit in the number 9 GetSpeed Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 became the first woman in the long history of the NLS to complete the entire race distance in a GT3 car driving entirely on her own. Shoffner, who had already secured the championship in the Am classification before the race, gave further evidence of an outstanding personal season on Saturday with a second place in class.

Schnitzelalm Racing were delighted to book two class wins in a single race. Marek Böckmann, Marcel Marchewicz and Tim Neuser sharing the cockpit of the number 165 Mercedes-AMG GT4 took first place in the SP10 class, while Alexander Kolb, Peter Posavac and Reinhold Renger (all GER) in the #150 sister car emerged victorious in the SP4T+SP8T class.

The best of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 contingent in the four-hour contest on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife was the number 6 fielded by Haupt Racing Team Bilstein, with Patrick Assenheimer, Hubert Haupt and Manuel Metzger (all GER) taking turns at the wheel, which finished in sixth place overall. The final NLS event of the season, the PAGID Racing 45th DMV Münsterlandpokal, is due to take place on 9 October.

2 Seas Motorsport triumph on International GT Open debut: Martin Kodric (HRV) and Ethan Simioni (CAN) in the 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 #9 won the first of two International GT Open races at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. In the eleventh round of the season on Saturday, the team worked its way up from fourth on the grid to the very front and secured a win on its series debut. The second Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the field, the #47 of AKM Motorsport with Florian Scholze (GER) and Loris Spinelli (ITA) at the wheel, also took two fourth places in its class.

The final two races of the International GT Open will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23 and 24 October.

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#177 Mercedes-AMG GT4 by Waldow Performance
#55 Mercedes-AMG GT3 by Landgraf Motorsport
#177 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Waldow Performance
#55 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Landgraf Motorsport
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
#9 Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2 Seas Motorsport
#47 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKM Motorsport
#9 Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2 Seas Motorsport
Ethan Simioni and Martin Kodric, 2 Seas Motorsport, at the podium ceremony
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton