Lewis Hamilton got behind the wheel of a Mercedes W196R FangioApril 8, 2019
On Friday at Silverstone, Mercedes celebrated its 125th anniversary of its presence in motor racing. Of course, in the framework of the event, many legendary cars of the past years of the German brand drove onto the track. One of these models was the Mercedes W196R, in which the five-time world champion Juan-Manuel Fangio participated in the 1954 French Grand Prix.
Immediately, two pilots were able to get behind the wheel of this Mercedes – former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Commenting on the experience of piloting the W196R, Lewis gave vent to the emotions: “I piloted an amazing machine from the 1950s! The sound of the engine, the smell of this car … It is completely on manual control, there is no electronics here – it was great to drive it on the highway.
I devoted all my life to racing, but behind the wheel of a W196R I got one of the most fun experiences in my career. The car is so loud that right after the races I could not hear anything with my right ear. This is just an incredible technique! ”
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