Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton dropped in at the Sindelfingen plant near Stuttgart on Wednesday with Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff as part of the build-up to this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
Works Manager Willi Reiss took them on a guided tour of the assembly line for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, where both Silver Arrow drivers were given the chance to demonstrate this own mechanical skills by fitting the wheels onto a new S-Class.
Rosberg said: “I’m very interested in technology, so for me it’s great that I get all of these opportunities to take a look behind the scenes at their ultra-modern production facilities. If I carry on like this, I may eventually find I’ve built a whole car…”
The drivers also presented the keys to two proud new owners of Mercedes-Benz E-Class’. Hamilton said: “It is always a pleasure to meet customers and colleagues at the Mercedes-Benz works. We do our very best for them on a race weekend in the hope of being successful and making them proud of the Silver Arrows team.”
Fresh from Rosberg’s win in last weekend’s British Grand Prix, the two drivers and their boss were also given a tour of the plant’s design department, where they got a glimpse at Mercedes’ next generation of vehicles.
Wolff said: “I have spoken to various Formula One fans today amongst the dedicated team who work with great precision, apply inventive engineering and invest great passion in the development and construction of the latest premium-class models. I have immense respect for the fantastic work they do. As is the case in Formula One, the focus here is on the right blend of perfectionism, responsibility and passion for one’s work, consistent with the philosophy of Gottlieb Daimler; the best or nothing.“