Mercedes pay tribute to von Brauchitsch

Mercedes has paid tribute to Manfred von Brauchitsch, the driver who won the first Grand Prix for the Silver Arrows in 1934, who died this week. Von Brauchitsch took the maiden victory in the Eifel Race, at the Nurburgring, and in his time he...

Mercedes has paid tribute to Manfred von Brauchitsch, the driver who won the first Grand Prix for the Silver Arrows in 1934, who died this week. Von Brauchitsch took the maiden victory in the Eifel Race, at the Nurburgring, and in his time he fought with the likes of Rudolf Caracciola and Tazio Nuvolari.

After he stopped racing, his last victory being the French Grand Prix in 1938, he remained closely associated with Mercedes and kept his interest in Formula One. He was 97 when he died.

Norbert Haug, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said: "We are sad about the death of Manfred von Brauchitsch. He was one of the founders of the Silver Arrow legend and the first winner in a Grand Prix car with this name. Manfred von Brauchitsch was close to our racing team until the end. He was one of the first to congratulate us on Mika Häkkinen's first world championship title win in 1998. He and us enjoyed a close relationship until his death and we will all keep him in our memory as a great racing driver of our company."

DaimlerChrysler said von Brauchitsch was 'unforgettable': "Manfred von Brauchitsch's ability and enthusiasm for motor sports endowed us with major successes of the silver arrows. He will be unforgettable to us and everyone with a passion for motor sports."

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Series Formula 1 , General
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug , Tazio Nuvolari
Teams Mercedes
Article type Obituary