The employees at the Mercedes-Benz location in Sindelfingen were in for a wonderful surprise: the two drivers of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, put in a pit stop yesterday and visited the Sindelfingen workforce on their way to the Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz German Grand Prix, which will be held at the Hockenheimring this weekend.
"I am delighted that Lewis and Valtteri have met with the Sindelfingen team in the spirit of 'One Team'. Teamwork, team spirit and motivation are crucial for winning not only on the race track. They are also decisive factors for our success here in Research and Development", said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and responsible for Global Mercedes-Benz Cars Procurement.
"One Brand, one Team" - this team motto equally governs the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team at and on the race track as well as the workforce of Mercedes-Benz Cars in production operations and all other areas: #OneTeam #Drivenbyeachother.
"As in Formula 1, the team spirit is a crucial key to success in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars as well. We rely on people who produce top-quality Mercedes-Benz vehicles with flexibility and passion for our customers", said Jörg Burzer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management, "we wish Lewis and Valtteri the best of luck for the race at the Hockenheimring next weekend".
Lewis and Valtteri met with employees in S-Class production among other places, took part in photo sessions, answered questions and signed autographs.
"Just before the holiday period starts for many, the surprise visit of our Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas is a sincere thank you to the colleagues in the Mercedes-Benz plant at the Sindelfingen location. In the past six months, our team delivered an exemplary team effort with great commitment", said Michael Bauer, Head of Production of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen Plant and Location Manager.
The Formula 1 drivers were provided with an insight into the world of Daimler design at the design headquarters in conversation with the team of Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG.
During the encounters with the employees, Lewis and Valtteri also talked about purpose – the "what for" of a company and why the team spirit determines the success.
„To me, living the purpose means being innovative, taking risks, and also coming up with bold ideas. Team spirit is the core to that… whilst I’m the one who’s seen crossing the finish line, I am literally being pushed by thousands of people behind me”, said Lewis Hamilton.
„When you live your purpose and are passionate, you will always be one step ahead. And when you manage to motivate the people around you, it creates a massive energy”, " said Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport with nine wins in 2019
During the 2019 Formula 1 season so far, Lewis and Valtteri were able to score nine victories already. With his win in Silverstone two weeks ago, Lewis recorded the 80th victory in his Formula 1 career and currently leads the driver standings. Valtteri is in second place in the driver's world championship. As a result, the team leads the constructor standings before the upcoming home race – a special success this year, when the brand celebrates 125 years of motorsport.
About the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen location
The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is the centre of excellence for luxury-class vehicles and the lead factory for the production of the S- and E-Class model series. Going forward, this will also be the production location of the GLC and of electric vehicles of the new EQ product and technology brand. Together with the central production organisation of Mercedes-Benz Cars, the plant employs a workforce of more than 25,000. Mercedes-Benz produces the E-Class (Saloon and Estate) there as well as the CLS, the S-Class (Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach, the Mercedes-AMG GT family and the GLA. Around 250 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Centre in Sindelfingen. Group Research based at the Sindelfingen location provides the impulses for the technological future of Daimler and ensures first-class products from Mercedes-Benz Cars. The objective of its work is to create innovative, trendsetting products and highly efficient development processes. In close partnership with all business divisions, the employees dedicate themselves to realising visions from Research and Advance Engineering in the products.