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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Daimler Acquires Brawn F1 Team
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Silver Arrow Mercedes-Benz Team Will Take To The Circuits Next Year

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz announced this week that they acquired a 45.1 percent stake in the Brawn GP team and that Aabar Investments PJSC has taken a 30% stake in the team. It was also announced that Ross Brawn, the man behind the success of the team in the 2009 F1 season will remain in the leadership position. The team will be renamed as the "Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Formula 1 team" and will hit the tracks in the historic Mercedes silver colour for the 2010 F1 season.

Mercedes-Benz Motorsport will sell its stake in the McLaren Mercedes team back to McLaren after 15 seasons together in Formula 1. Under an agreement with McLaren Group, Mercedes-Benz will continue to supply F1 engines to them until 2015. Mercedes-Benz made excellent progress in the latter part of the season with their KERS Hybrid system on the McLaren MP4-24 F1 car and they will take this to their new works F1 cars for the 2010 season. Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport will continue to lead the 'silver star' effort for Daimler's on track progress.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow F1 car will continue with the Brawn GP monocoque chassis development and aerodymamics packages that were in place on the 2009 Brawn-Mercedes Formula 1 car, which helped deliver to Jenson Button his first world championship. Further effort will go to optimizing KERS on the Silver Arrows cars and further aerodynamics improvements for the 2010 season plus materials development, and Mercedes-Benz will now have an excellent platform for advanced engineering for its passenger cars and other hybrid technologies.

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