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Mercedes-AMG F1 W05

Jason Barlow

2014’s F1 W05 Hybrid is arguably the most successful racing car ever. It scored 16 wins from 19 races, versus the McLaren MP4/4’s 15 victories from 16 in 1988, or Ferrari’s F2002 which won 14 of the 15 races it competed in during 2002, in the midst of Michael Schumacher’s imperial phase.

The W05 also made pole 18 times, locked out the front row 11 times, and had the same number of one-two finishes. Such a performance in the frenzied cauldron of contemporary F1 is a mind-blowing achievement. In fact, so thoroughly has Merc conquered the complexities of the turbo hybrid era that even now, what feels like hundreds of races later, its key rivals are still scratching around for a solution.

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November 2017