Mercedes Team Profile
Winner of the last six championship doubles, Mercedes are on a roll that many predict will continue for at least the 2020 season.
Mercedes contested non-championship events in the 1930s before adding two seasons in the official World Championship in the '50s. However, after a 50-plus year break as a works team, although they did keep a finger in the pie as a engine manufacturer, the auto company return in 2010 as a works team.
Mercedes bought the 2009 championship-winning Brawn GP team and ran German drivers Michael Schumacher, who Niki Lauda persuaded to come out of retirement, and Nico Rosberg.
The team bagged three podiums and a fourth overall, repeating, at least the P4, a year later. 2012 marked Schumacher and Rosberg's final season as team-mates with the seven-time F1 World Champion third at the European GP. It was Schumi's last podium before he retired for the second time.
The German was replaced by Lewis Hamilton, a move that at the time shocked many as pundits questioned why he would want to leave McLaren. Hamilton answered them in short order.
The team claimed three race wins that season to finish runner-up to Red Bull Racing. That was the last season Formula 1 ran V8 engines.
A year later the V6 came into play and Mercedes' record-breaking reign began.
Hamilton and Rosberg won six Drivers' Championships on the trot, five for the Brit and one for the German. Hamilton's five means his overall tally is six, just one behind Schumacher's record.
Added to that Mercedes has won six successive Constructors' Championship with Valtteri Bottas helping the team to an unprecedented tally in 2019.
Even though the team won 15 of 2019's 21 grands prix, including a record-breaking eight 1-2 results on the trot to begin the campaign, Mercedes did not have it all their own way. For the first time since 2014 their hybrid engine was challenged by Ferrari's for top spot. Mercedes, though, had the better complete package.
2020 will see Hamilton racing for his record-equalling seventh World title, Mercedes chase a seventh double and Bottas seek his first Drivers' crown.