This weekend Mercedes will honor 55 years of AMG by driving its W13 Formula 1 vehicle in a slightly modified livery.
Both Lewis Hamilton’s and George Russell’s W13s will feature a unique AMG emblem in honor of the anniversary, which includes a 55th-anniversary signet and a big vintage starting number on the W13 side pods.
Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher formed AMG in 1967, and it has participated in racing ever since.
This is in commemoration of the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, commonly known as the “Red Pig,” the class winner of the 1971 Spa 24 Hours. The anniversary signet will also be displayed on the Mercedes AMG GT R that serves as the F1 Safety Car.
“AMG is synonymous with racing and high-performance”, said Mercedes CEO and Team Principal Toto Wolff. “For 55 years they have been at the forefront of pushing what is possible on four wheels, both on the racetrack and the road.”
“I look forward to getting out on track in the Red Pig this afternoon, an icon in motorsport history.”
Mercedes has used commemorative liveries in the past; for the 2019 German Grand Prix, it featured a vintage livery to mark both its 200th and 125th F1 starts.
After a challenging start to the new age of the sport, the squad enters the second half of the season still searching for its first victory of the 2022 Formula 1 season. However, the team has recently improved, though, earning podium finishes at the previous six grand prix races.