|Based in: Stuttgart, Germany
Founded: 1879 (active: 1954)
After the second world war, Mercedez-Benz' factories had been largely destroyed. The build up cost a while but as soon as the company started recovering from the war as sales increased, Mercedes felt like he had to prove his company was still there.
Therefore, in 1954 the firm returned to Grand Prix racing when the new 2.5-litre formula began. The company produced the W196 and it was dominant in Formula 1 in 1955 with Juan-Manuel Fangio. In the middle of the year, however, the company's involvement in the Le Mans disaster led Mercedes-Benz to withdraw from competition again.
|1954 - 1955