Teutonic Tuesday: Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Hybrid
According to Mercedes, the W05 Hybrid was their first ground-up, all-new F1 car to hit the track since the double World Championship winning W196 was introduced in 1954.
The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Hybrid was designed ground up to adhere to the changes in F1 technical regulations that saw the introduction of turbocharged V6 engines to replace the V8s that were in use from 2008-2013. Designed and developed by Aldo Costa, Paddy Lowe, Geoff Willis and Mike Elliott, the W05 Hybrid's unique engine packaging gave it the edge over its competitors.
The 1954 W196 had always been considered the gold standard for Mercedes's dominance in the F1 racing calendar, famously winning 9 out of the 12 races in the 2 years it raced. Well until the W05 Hybrid made its run. While the next iteration of the Mercedes - AMG F1 car, the W06 Hybrid, had a better winning percentage, the W05 Hybrid was still the boss of the 2014 F1 season, winning 16 of the 19 races while securing 31 podium finishes, 18 pole positions and 12 fastest laps along the way.
Such a dominant show meant that championship winning Mercedes finished almost 300 points ahead of 2nd placed Redbull. And that also meant that both Mercedes drivers finished far far ahead of the competition too, with 70 odd points separating the 2nd placed Nico Rosberg from Daniel Ricciardo who finished 3rd in the drivers standings.
But it was Lewis Hamilton that comprehensively won the Drivers Championship with 16 podium finishes (and 3 retirements) in his #44 Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Hybrid..
About the model itself, this is a 1/43 scale model of the #44 Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Hybrid from BBurago's 1:43 Race series.