Mercedes Begins Defense of Formula One World Championship

Mercedes-Benz Begins Quest for Second-Consecutive Formula One World Championship in Australia MONTVALE, N.J. (March 3, 1999) -- Mercedes-Benz begins the quest for a second-consecutive Formula One World...

Mercedes-Benz Begins Quest for Second-Consecutive Formula One World Championship in Australia

MONTVALE, N.J. (March 3, 1999) -- Mercedes-Benz begins the quest for a second-consecutive Formula One World Championship when West-McLaren-Mercedes drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard take the green flag March 7 at the 3.180-mile, 16-turn Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. Hakkinen won the pole and the race here last season en route to nine victories and the driver's championship. It was the first time a Mercedes driver had won the title since Juan Manuel Fangio accomplished the feat in 1954 and 1955. Along the way, West-McLaren-Mercedes secured the Constructors' Championship (the first for Mercedes). Powering Hakkinen and Coulthard will be an all-new normally-aspirated F110H V10 racing engine from Ilmor Engineering, the race-engine design and manufacturing arm of Mercedes-Benz. "There are three things in motor sports that Mercedes-Benz wants to accomplish in 1999," said Hal Whiteford, vice president of operations for Mercedes-Benz of North America. "We want to defend our 1998 Formula One World Championship, we want to win the title in the CART FedEx Championship Series and we want to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We know this will be a challenge, but we look forward to it." The CART FedEx Championship Series kicks off the 1999 season at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami March 21 at Homestead (Fla.) Motorsports Park. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be contested June 12-13 in France.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Juan Manuel Fangio
Teams Mercedes , McLaren