Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'

By: Mercedes-Benz

Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'  The Formula 1 season is entering the home straight: next stop after the final fixture in Malaysia is the classic at Suzuka

·This is what happened: Results and facts

·News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams

·Three questions for Maro Engel

·Social media news: What's new online?

·This week's important dates and events

Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'  This is what happened: Results & facts

·Formula 1: P2 for Lewis Hamilton in the 2017 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix is enough to extend his lead in the drivers' championship

·Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup: Wins for Tristan Vautier, Daniel Juncadella and Felix Serralles in the grand finale at Barcelona

News snippets

Farewell to Malaysia: 'Terima kasih Sepang!' Thank you, Sepang! After 19 years of thrilling and spectacular Grand Prix racing, Formula 1 took leave of the Sepang International Circuit last weekend. Unfortunately, the Silver Arrows were unable to deliver the hoped-for victory, but there was still plenty for us to report on under the Stat-attack heading for this 15th fixture of the season, including the pole position for Lewis Hamilton – the 70th of his career, his ninth of the year and his fifth at Sepang (thereby equalling Michael Schumacher's tally at this venue). He has started to open up a gap on the all-time pole position leaderboard. For the Silver Arrows as a team, it was their eleventh pole out of 15 in 2017. Lewis's second place on Sunday was also his 114th podium in the highest echelon of the sport and his tenth of the season. This puts him on level pegging with Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, who have also made ten podium appearances during the current campaign. The Silver Arrows have now had 20 Top Three finishes in 2017 – more than any other Formula 1 team this year.

Trending News
  • Honda Civic Type R Takes On Pirelli World Challenge
  • Pirelli Makes A Tire For The Most Expensive Car In The World
  • New York International Auto Show 2018: North American Premiere Of The New Bugatti Chiron Sport
  • All-New Nissan Altima Available With Propilot Assist To Make Nissan Intelligent Mobility Technology Even More Attainable
  • Hyundai Continues Its Run As Leading Automaker In The Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index

    Watch the video – Lewis's Sepang memories: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv1k3SomrZQ

    Watch the video – Valtteri's Sepang memories:


    On to Suzuka: After bidding a fond farewell to Malaysia, there is no interruption to the busy schedule, with the Japanese Grand Prix – the 16th round of the 2017 Formula 1 season – due to be contested as early as next weekend. The legendary race track in Suzuka has been a happy hunting ground for the Silver Arrows in recent years. Mercedes have totally dominated the last three Japanese Grands Prix, claiming pole position and victory on each occasion. Reigning world champion Nico Rosberg started from P1 in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but even so managed only the one victory which came last year. The winner at Suzuka in 2014 and 2015 was Lewis, who also happens to be one of only two drivers in the current field to have also won a Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji. That was in 2007 when the circuit made its comeback. The other was Fernando Alonso who lifted the winner's trophy in 2008.

    Runners-up in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series: Last year's Blancpain GT Series winner Maximilian Buhk (GER) and co-driver Franck Perera (FRA) had to settle for the runners-up spot this time round. The outfit they drive for, HTP Motorsport, also finished second in the team championship. 'It was once again a tough race to round off the Blancpain GT Series involving plenty of wheel-to-wheel action with our fellow Mercedes drivers,' said Buhk afterwards. 'Fourth place in the race and second in the championship is a reasonable outcome for us.' AKKA ASP driver Jean-Luc Beaubelique (FRA) came third in the Pro-AM stakes.

    One-two in the closing GT Sports Club fixture: Customer racing team AKKA ASP celebrated another success with their Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the 2017 GT Sports Club series, after having already wrapped up the team title on a previous weekend. In the grand finale to this year's championship in Barcelona, Anthony Pons (FRA) and Mauro Ricci (ITA) finished first and second in the qualifying race. Pons, who was the standout driver over the entire season, pulled out a massive 19-second lead in the race. With four victories and three other podium finishes to his credit, the Frenchman took the GT Sports Club title by a clear 62-point margin. The main race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya had to be cancelled because of heavy rain showers and did not count towards the championships.

    Victory and third place in class: In the 3 Ore Endurance Champions Cup at Imola, customer racing team MDC-sports secured victory in their class and third place in the GT3 classification. The driver pairing of Adrian and Manuel Zumstein (both SUI) made excellent progress through the field in their Mercedes-AMG GT3 after starting from 16th on the grid, eventually coming home in third place overall and first in their class. Their team-mates Philipp Zumstein (SUI) and Paul Pfefferkorn (AUT) in an SLS AMG GT3 finished sixth overall and third in class after starting from twelfth.

    Podium appearances in the International GT Open: In Race 1 of the International GT Open at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the SPS automotive-performance duo of Onslow-Cole (GBR) and Valentin Pierburg (GER) took third place in the Pro-AM class. Sports & You drivers António Coimbra and Luis Silva (both POR) took the win in both the first and second races in the AM class. They were joined on the podium by their team-mates Marcio Basso and Fulvio Figueiredo (both BRA) in third place. The class podium was completed by the MS RACING partnership of Alexander Hrachowina and Martin Konrad (both AUT).

    Three questions for Maro Engel

    Maro, congratulations on your wedding. How did the day go for you and your wife Steffi?

    Maro Engel: Our wedding was beautiful – just everything was amazing that day. The weather was as we had hoped for, with a bright blue sky. It was really fantastic for us and much nicer than we could have dreamed of. It was a very special day and an experience that was absolutely incredible. We are so very happy.

    You had a very special wedding car, namely a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. How was the ride?

    Maro Engel: It was an absolutely amazing, incredible experience. When the team offered it to us, we were blown away and thought about how best to manage the half-hour drive. It was a crazy feeling, driving off from the church in the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM together with my wife, along the narrow road through the small fishing village and out onto the coast road. We each had a big wide grin on our face. The only thing was, we couldn't talk much to each other during the trip, because it was simply too loud! But we knew that would be the case and didn't mind. It was a really unique experience, like no-one else has probably ever had. An absolute knock-out!

    What did your wife Steffi say when she first heard about the idea?

    Maro Engel: When the offer was first made by the team to provide us with the DTM car, I had to discuss it with Steffi. I knew, of course, that this is not necessarily the air-conditioned luxury vehicle that you would normally have on the way back to your hotel. Also, climbing into the car as well as the heat in the cockpit obviously present certain challenges. But Steffi said right away that we should definitely jump at the chance. She thought the idea was tremendous. We lined the seats of the car with large, white tablecloths, and she managed to get in OK with a little bit of help from me. The DTM car brought us full circle, symbolically speaking, because we met through and at the DTM.

    Social Media News

    #F1SuperFan: F1 super fan Aunty Min has always dreamed of meeting Lewis Hamilton. So we thought it was high time we made her dream come true.

    Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFMaHRDnYBc

    #HotLaps: What happens when a three-time Formula 1 champion is turned loose on an empty track in a Mercedes-AMG super sports car? Watch this!

    Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6_bGD1MT7w

    #3Dreamers: What questions would our fans like to put to Lewis Hamilton und Valtteri Bottas? We gave our PETRONAS #3Dreamers the opportunity to interview the two Formula 1 stars.

    Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW2tSt6fG7U

  • Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz
    posted on conceptcarz.com
    Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'
    Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'
    Tales From The Paddock – Mercedes-AMG C 63 Dtm As Maro Engel's Wedding Car: 'It Was An Absolutely Amazing, Incredible Experience'

    Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

    Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Conceptcarz Google+ Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

    © 1998-2018 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.