Mercedes is a winning formula for track and road
Just a short time after winning the Formula 1 World Constructors' Championship, the Mercedes team is not resting on its laurels. The two drivers - Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - represent just the tip of the iceberg in the 800-strong workforce behind the company's success, which was achieved with races to spare, and either driver could be crowned Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion.
There is no doubt that the triumph on the track is a great reason why customers should buy into the Mercedes luxury car design and engine vision. The team responsible for this achievement works on a never-ending 24-hour cycle in an attempt to ensure that the success continues.
With only the mandatory two-week shutdown in the summer and a short break for Christmas, Mercedes employees work shifts to keep the F1 factory open seven days a week. An average design change will take place around every 20 minutes, which could be anything from better suspension, improved aerodynamics or some fine adjustments to one of the 5,000 parts making up the Mercedes Formula 1 car.
To achieve this much dominance on the race circuit, it is vital that every employee shares the same obsession with detail. Executive director Toto Wolff explained: "What you see on the racetracks is just the tip of the iceberg. There is such a big structure below it: 90% of the car's performance is being done in the factory and even the tiniest of jobs is important. Each of us has an opposite number in the other organisations and you shouldn't forget that."