(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)
HRH The Duke Of Kent visited Mercedes AMG High Performance in Brixworth on Wednesday morning for a tour of facility that employees 500 staff who have worked tirelessly to develop the extremely success Mercedes AMG HPP 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power unit that brought Lewis Hamilton his second Formula One Drivers championship and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team's first Constructors championship as a works team.
The Mercedes facility also builds and maintains power units for the Sahara Force India F1 Team, Williams Martini Racing and from next season the Lotus F1 Team. Mercedes power claimed all of the 19 pole positions in 2014 with Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team's Nico Rosberg claiming the inaugural Pole position trophy.
The Williams Martini Racing Team were the only other outfit to secure a pole position in 2014 when Felipe Massa led a Williams front row lock out at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
Of the 2,020 point's scored in 2014, 1,357 were scored by Mercedes powered teams. Speaking about HRH The Duke Of Kent's visit to Brixworth, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Managing Director Andy Cowell stated:
'It has been an honour to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent to Brixworth today. To have received such a visit is testament to the fantastic achievements of each and every team member – not only during this incredible season of Formula One but over the many preceding years also.
At Mercedes AMG HPP we pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of technical innovation and showcasing this in the field of Formula One. We are also extremely proud that so many young and gifted engineers and craftsmen have worked their way up through the ranks within our organisation and have contributed to this year’s successful PU106A Hybrid Power Unit – establishing themselves as the next generation of top-drawer experts within their field. It’s extremely humbling to see that recognised here today and we are very grateful to His Royal Highness for sparing us the time to visit our facility.'
© Ben Johnston 2014