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These spherical shapes extend inside with custom-designed furniture by contemporary artists to marry the walls of its ten suites. In order to live a complete experience, the venue also offers, as part of private parties, a 500-seat amphitheater, a reception room and a panoramic lounge.

Mercedes | Special exhibition

In close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz Classic, the Louwman Museum in The Hague is showing a special exhibition of Mercedes-Benz racing cars from the 1950s. A total of seven famous vehicles from the company’s collection will be on view at the Louwman Museum from 7 July to 2 September 2018. They include 300 SL and 300 SLR racing cars, Formula One vehicles W 196 R as well as “The Blue Wonder” high-speed racing car transporter.


Stuttgart. The racing stars of the 1950s are going on an exclusive journey: in summer 2018: the Dutch Louwman Museum in The Hague is showing a special exhibition entitled “Silver Arrows. Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars of the 1950s”. It is the renowned museum’s second exhibition of Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. From October 2012 to January 2013, it showed “Silver Arrows 1934–1939”.

A total of seven famous vehicles from the second Silver Arrow era will be made available for the new exhibition by Mercedes-Benz Classic. The exhibits span the period from the Stuttgart brand’s re-entry into motor sport in 1952 with the 300 SL racing car (W 194) to the exceptionally successful competition season of 1955.

Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory in both the 1954 and 1955 Formula One world championships will be represented by 2.5-litre racing cars W 196 R with streamlined body and free-standing wheels. An exhibit with a special relationship to Dutch motor sport history is the W 196 R with start number 10: this vehicle with free-standing wheels was the one in which Stirling Moss finished second in the Dutch Grand Prix on 19 June 1955 in Zandvoort – just behind his team colleague Juan Manuel Fangio.

The 300 SLR racing car (W 196 S) in the special version with an “air brake” recalls the winning of the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. Finally, the 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) bears witness to the racing successes with series production sports cars. Special exhibits are the 300 SLR “ Uhlenhaut Coupé” and the high-speed racing car transporter. Developed in 1955, the coupé version of the W 196 S was supposed to compete in the 1956 season. However, due to the Stuttgart brand’s decision to pull out of motor sport at the end of the 1955 season, the vehicle was never raced. It became famous as the official sporting car of Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who at that time was head of testing at Daimler-Benz. Nicknamed “The Blue Wonder”, the high-speed racing car transporter was built for especially urgent transport between the factory and the race track in the 1955 season.

World-class museum

The Louwman Museum, which opened at its present location in 2010, is home to the world’s oldest publicly accessible private automobile collection. In an exhibition area of over 10,000 square metres, an outstanding collection of classic vehicles and automotive art is on view in The Hague. The Louwman Museum ranks as the Netherlands’ national motor museum.

The museum dates back to the Pieter Louwman collection, which was founded in the 1930s. Today, the director of the museum is Evert Louwman, son of the founder. The permanent exhibition consists of the areas “The Dawn of Motoring”, “Motoring”, “Racing” and “Luxury”. The exhibits include the world’s largest collection of Spyker vehicles. Built in 1887, the museum’s De Dion-Bouton et Trépardoux is considered to be the world’s second-oldest car.

Opened in 2010, today’s museum building was designed by US architects Michael Graves and Gary Lapera. Prior to completion of the three-storey building, the Louwman family’s collection could be seen in Leidschendam and Raamsdonksveer under the names “Nationaal Automobiel Museum” and “Louwman Collection”.

“Silver Arrows. Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars of the 1950s” at the Louwman Museum: Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car (W 194)

It was with the 300 SL racing car that Mercedes-Benz re-entered the international motor sport arena for the first time after the Second World War in 1952. An aerodynamic, light-alloy body was mounted on an extremely light yet torsionally very stiff spaceframe, the high side parts of which made it necessary to opt for the characteristic gullwing doors. In its first race in the 1952 Mille Miglia, the 300 SL finished second with Karl Kling and Hans Klenk at the wheel. After that, it was one victory after the next: the 300 SL posted a triple victory in the Bern Grand Prix (Switzerland), followed by spectacular one-two finishes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) and in the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. At the “Great Nürburgring Anniversary Grand Prix”, the 300 SL, in an open-top version, even took the first four places. The exhibited vehicle with chassis end number 2 is the oldest SL preserved to date and still has short doors extending only as far as the beltline.



Technical data
Period of use: 1952
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2,996 cc
Output: 125 kW (170 hp)
Top speed: 230 km/h

Mercedes-Benz streamlined 2.5-litre racing car W 196 R

The streamlined W 196 R car marked Mercedes-Benz’s return to Grand Prix racing in 1954 after a 15-year absence. The new Formula One car complied with a new rule that had just come into force, stipulating a maximum displacement of 2.5 litres. The all-new eight-cylinder in-line engine with petrol injection allowed rotational speeds of over 8,000 rpm thanks to its desmodromic valve timing, which dispensed with the need for the customary valve springs. In the very first race on 4 July 1954 in Rheims, Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling posted a double victory. The racing car was the futuristic-looking version with a streamlined body, which was designed for fast race tracks such as the one in Rheims. Following three more victories, Fangio finished the season as Formula One world champion. At the wheel of the improved version of the streamlined car, he was victorious in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix in Monza and went on to become world champion again in a Mercedes-Benz.


Technical data
Period of use: 1954 to 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,497 cc
Output: 188 kW (256 hp) to 213 kW (290 hp)
Top speed: More than 300 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 2.5-litre racing car W 196 R

Most Formula One races in 1954 and 1955 were contested by the W 196 R in a version with free-standing wheels. This version was more suitable for winding tracks, because the driver always had the front wheels in view. Similarly to the success of the streamlined car four weeks previously, this version’s debut in the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in August 1954 ended in victory for Juan Manuel Fangio. For its second season, the W 196 R was provided with a straight intake manifold, which allowed an increase in output and was identifiable by an extra bulge on the left-hand side. In addition, it was used with different wheelbases; there were also various arrangements of the drum brakes. Once again, the result was a superior racing car. The highlights of the 1955 season included a one-two finish for the Silver Arrows at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Fangio was victorious ahead of his team colleague Stirling Moss and won the world title for the second time at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz.


Technical data
Period of use: 1954 to 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,497 cc
Output: 188 kW (256 hp) to 213 kW (290 hp)
Top speed: Up to 300 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing car (W 196 S)

Mercedes-Benz developed the 300 SLR (W 196 S) for the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. It was based on the successful W 196 R Formula One racing car. The main difference besides the body was the engine: the racing car did not have to comply with the Formula One displacement limit and was powered by a three-litre version of the eight-cylinder in-line engine, which ran on regular premium-grade petrol rather than special racing fuel. Its high performance potential and unrivalled durability and reliability made the 300 SLR far superior to its competitors in 1955. This was impressively demonstrated by one-two finishes in the Mille Miglia, the Eifel Race, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Targa Florio (Sicily), a one-two-three finish in the Tourist Trophy in Ireland and victory in the World Sports Car Championship. The vehicle on show is the first of a total of nine to be equipped with the unusual air brake.



Technical data
Period of use: 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,982 cc
Output: 222 kW (302 hp)
Top speed: More than 300 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé “Uhlenhaut Coupé” (W 196 S)

The closed version of the 300 SLR racing car was developed for the 1956 season to afford better protection to the Mercedes-Benz team drivers during strenuous long-distance races. However, it was never raced, because Mercedes-Benz decided to pull out of motor sport at the end of the 1955 season. Instead, the 300 SLR Coupé was used by the head of testing, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car. This fact is today brought to mind by the nickname “Uhlenhaut Coupé”. The 300 SLR was so robust and suitable for everyday use that, in the summer of 1955, Mercedes-Benz made one of the two coupés available to “Automobil Revue” for high-speed trials and a long-distance test over 3,500 kilometres. In its test report, the Swiss magazine praised the safe handling of the dream sports car, also at its top speed of 290 km/h, an outstandingly high figure by the standards of the day. Today, the “Uhlenhaut Coupé”, which is not for sale, is deemed as an automobile with extremely high potential value.


Technical data
Period of use: 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,982 cc
Output: 222 kW (302 hp)
Top speed: More than 300 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198)

Unveiled in 1954, the 300 SL production sports car (W 198) was based on the eponymous racing car (W 194) which had posted some spectacular successes in the 1952 season. The innovative petrol injection allowed a 20 per cent increase in output compared with the carburettor racing version. With a top speed of up to 250 km/h, the 300 SL was the fastest series production car of its time. This also predestined the series production sports car for use on the race track. In the 1955 Mille Miglia, John Fitch and co-driver Kurt Gessl finished fifth in the overall classification in a 300 SL with the start number 417. In the same year, Paul O’Shea in a 300 SL was victorious in category D of the US sports car championship, while Werner Engel won the European touring car championship. A total of 1,400 units of the dream sports car were produced between 1954 and 1957. In 1999, the 300 SL “Gullwing” was voted sports car of the century by a panel of journalists.


Technical data
Production period: 1954 to 1957
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2,996 cc
Output: 158 kW (215 hp)
Top speed: Up to 250 km/h

Mercedes-Benz high-speed racing car transporter

With the “world’s fastest racing car transporter”, Mercedes-Benz also caused a stir away from the race track. Thanks to the high-performance engine from the 300 SL and a modified frame from the 300 S along with doors, headlamps and direction indicators from the “Ponton” 180, the result was a visually and technically unique vehicle that was capable of speeds of up to 170 km/h depending on the payload. Nicknamed “The Blue Wonder”, the one-off vehicle was designed mainly for special missions when, after final tuning or modification, a racing car needed to be brought at speed to the race track or taken back to the factory immediately after a race to make more time for maintenance and repair. In 1967, twelve years after Mercedes-Benz had pulled out of motor sport, the unique vehicle was scrapped. However, just under 30 years later, it was decided to resurrect the one-off vehicle. After seven years of meticulous work by the experts from Mercedes-Benz Classic, the racing car transporter was restored to its full glory in 2001.

Technical data
Period of use: 1955
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2,996 cc
Output: 141 kW (192 hp)
Top speed: 170 km/h


Sebastian Vettel capitalised on a Turn 1 collision between Kimi Räikkonen and Lrewis Hamilton that sent the Briton to the back of the field to claim his 51st career win at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton later staged a superb recover to finish second ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen.


At the start, Vettel got away superbly to take the lead ahead of pole position man Hamilton. The Briton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas also swept past and Hamilton found himself third as the field went through Abbey.

The situation was then made worse for Hamilton as Raikkonen braked too late and collided with the right rear of the Briton’s Mercedes. Hamilton spun off track and dropped to 17th place. Raikkonen later received a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision.

At the front, Vettel was free to pull away and by lap eight the German had built a 5.7s lead over Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a further four seconds behind. Raikkonen was now fourth ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.


However, Hamilton was powering through the pack, and on lap eight he had climbed back to eighth place behind Sauber’s Charles Leclerc. He was, however, now 25.7s behind Vettel. He made light work of passing the Monegasque and then breezed past Hulkenberg on lap 10 to sit 13.0 behind fifth-placed Ricciardo.

Raikkonen pitted on lap 13 to serve his penalty and after the hold he took on medium tyres to emerge in 10th place.

Verstappen was the next to pit, on lap 17, with the Dutchman also taking medium tyres. The Red Bull driver emerged in fifth place.

Behind him, Raikkonen was now on a march and in short order he dismissed Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon, Leclerc and Nico Hulkenberg to sit in sixth place ahead of the next pit stop, on lap 18, for Ricciardo.

Leclerc was the next to visit pit lane but immediately after his pit stop he reported a problem and he was told to stop his Sauber. He pulled off track at Turn 3 where his strong run of recent points finishes ended.

Vettel then pitted on lap 20, taking on medium tyres. He rejoined in the lead and after Bottas made his stop the German led ahead of the Finn and Hamilton. Hamilton was now 5.8s behind the championship leader but he required a pit stop.

That stop arrived on lap 25, with the Mercedes driver taking on mediums. He rejoined the action on sixth place, 11s behind Raikkonen and 28.2s behind race leader Vettel.

The German was now 3.5s clear of Bottas, with Verstappen almost 10 seconds further back and with Ricciardo fourth ahead Raikkonen.

Bottas then began to close up to Vettel and on lap 30 the gap was down to 2.8s. Hamilton too was picking up the pace and by lap 30 he was running quickest and closing in on Raikkonen.

Red Bull then pitted Ricciardo for a second time on lap 30, with the Australian taking on a fresh set of soft tyres. He rejoined in sixth place, behind Hamilton, who was now just 4.9s behind Raikkonen.

The complexion of the race changed completely on lap 32. Marcus Ericsson overcooked his entry to Turn 1 and he lost the front end of his car. He spun and careered off track and into the barriers.

The safety car was immediately deployed and during the caution, Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen all pitted for fresh soft tyres as the field bunched up.

Bottas now led the race behind the SC, with Vettel second ahead of Hamilton, Verstappen, Raikkonen and Ricciardo.

On the restart Bottas held his advantage ahead of Vettel and Hamilton, bit behind them Raikkonen attacked Verstappen. He passed the Dutchman but the Red Bull driver returned the favour in the next corner and he held onto fourth place.

The Safety Car was almost immediately deployed again as behind the leaders Carlos Sainz tried to pass Romain Grosjean in to Copse. It was tight, with Sainz leaving little room, and the result was that the Frenchman clipped the back of the Spaniard’s Renault and they both went off track and out of the race.

The Safety Car left the track at the end of lap 41 and Bottas again held the lead ahead of Vettel and Hamilton, with Verstappen fourth ahead of Raikkonen and Ricciardo.

Vettel than began to exert pressure on Bottas and after a long tussle the German managed to sneak past the Finn with a good move under braking into Brooklands.

Behind them Verstappen spun and then retired from the race.

Bottas, whose tyres were fading, was then passed by Hamilton and he quickly slipped into the clutches of Raikkonen who brushed past his compatriot to take P3.

And that was the way it stayed with Vettel crossing the line ahead of Hamilton to take his 51stcareer win, putting him tied third with Alain Prost on the list of most wins in F1.

Hamilton’s superb recovery from the back of the field was matched to some degree by Räikkönen’s march to the podium from 10th after serving his penalty. Bottas was fourth ahead of Ricciardo with Hulkenberg sixth for Renault. Esteban Ocon took seventh for Force India ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly.


2018 Formula 1 British Grand Prix – Race 
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari –
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2.264
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.652
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 8.883
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 9.500
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 28.220
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 29.930
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 31.115
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 33.188
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 34.129
11 Sergio Perez Force India 34.708
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 35.774
13 Lance Stroll Williams 38.106
14 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 48.113
15 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 6 laps
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 15 laps
17 Carlos Sainz Renault 15 laps
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 21 laps
19 Charles Leclerc Sauber 34 laps
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 51 laps


Max Verstappen took the fourth win of his career at the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, as Mercedes suffered its first double-DNF in over two years.


When the light went out for the start, Räikkönen made a superb getaway and slotted between the two slower Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas.

The inside line belonged to Hamilton, however, and he emerged in the lead with Räikkönen second ahead of Bottas. The Ferrari driver then tried to attack Hamilton around the outside of Turn 3 but he went wide and that allowed Bottas to retake second place, and Verstappen then slotted into third as Räikkönen struggled for pace after his off.

Behind them Ricciardo, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, had passed Haas’ Romain Grosjean to take fifth place behind Räikkönen and Vettel was also soon past the Frenchman to sit sixth.

Hamilton quickly began to pull away from the field, and by lap 10 he had a two second cushion over Bottas, with the Finn a further two seconds clear of Verstappen.

The Dutchman was given a boost, however, when midway through lap 14, Bottas slowed dramatically on the run down to Turn 4 and pulled off track with a gearbox failure.

With a Virtual Safety Car called as Bottas’ car was recovered Red Bull chose to seize the initiative and pitted both Verstappen and Ricciardo at the end of lap 16. Ferrari chose the same tactic, with the result that when the quartet rejoined the action the order remained static, with second-placed Verstappen ahead of Räikkönen and with fourth-placed Ricciardo ahead of Vettel. Hamilton, who has stayed out on track, now led Verstappen by 13 seconds.

On lap 20, after harrying the Ferrari driver since the start, Ricciardo finally found a way past Räikkönen. The Finn made a mistake, locking up into Turn 3, and after running wide Ricciardo tucked in behind the Ferrari and with greater pace powered past into Turn 4 to steal third place.

Shortly afterwards, Hamilton was told that his team had missed the VSC opportunity and that he needed to find eight seconds on track to avoid losing out when he made his pit stop. The incredulous Briton responded that he had no time left in his starting supersofts and so on lap 26 the pitted for soft tyres. When he resumed he’d dropped to fourth place and Max Verstappen now led a Red Bull one-two ahead of Räikkönen.

However, as the race hit half distance, Räikkönen radioed his team to say he could a large blister on Ricciardo’s rear left tyre and the problem was soon confirmed by Ricciardo, whose pace began to flag. By lap 37 he was 6.2 seconds behind his race-leading team-mate and Räikkönen and Hamilton were smelling blood.

Räikkönen was the first to pounce, and on lap 39 he closed hard on Ricciardo on the run to Turn 3. He tucked in behind the Red Bull and breezed past on the straight to Turn 4.

Behind him, it was Vettel who made the next move and on the following lap, as Ricciardo pitted to shed his damaged soft tyres, Vettel launched an attack on Hamilton.

The German dived down the inside of the championship leader as they powered through Turn 2 and hugging the edge of the track he held firm in Turn 3 to steal third place.

Verstappen now led Räikkönen by seven seconds, with Vettel a further 2.4s behind. Hamilton was now third, 0.8s behind the German with Ricciardo, on fresh supersoft tyres, 19 second behind.

It now became a race of tyre management. At two-thirds distance Hamilton reported that he was suffering from the problem as Ricciardo, a seriously degrading rear left tyre and on lap 52 he told his team he did not feel the rubbers would last to the end of the race. He pitted and took on supersoft tyres.

When Hamilton rejoined he found himself behind Ricciardo, but any hopes the Red Bull driver had of holding fourth place until the end evaporated on lap 53. Entering Turn 10 a puff of smoke burst from the rear of Ricciardo’s car and by Turn 1 he was on the radio saying he’d lost gear sync. He pulled over at Turn 1 and retired from the race.

With 10 laps remaining Verstappen led Räikkönen by 3.7s with Vettel a further 2.4s back in third. Hamilton was fourth, 21.7s behind the German, while Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen held fifth and sixth places respectively. Force India’s Sergio Perez was seventh ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly. The final points position was occupied by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.

There were more twists to come, however, and on lap 64 Hamilton suddenly slowed dramatically. “I’ve lost power,” he said simply before being told to stop his car at Turn 4. Hamilton’s exit made it Mercedes’ first double DNF since the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

With five laps left Verstappen was just 2.8s ahead of Räikkönen and the Finn was behind told to he was free to push as hard as he liked. Verstappen, though, had managed the race perfectly and he crossed the line to take his fourth career win and his first since Mexico last year with 1.5s in hand over the Finn.


Vettel held third ahead Grosjean, with Magnussen fifth on a good day for Haas. Ocon took sixth ahead of team-mate Perez, while Fernando Alonso enjoyed a good afternoon, making the most of a late-race charge to claim eighth place ahead of Leclerc and Ericsson.

2018 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix – Race
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.504
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3.181
4 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 lap
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 lap
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1 lap
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1 lap
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1 lap
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1 lap
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 lap
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 lap
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1 lap
13 Lance Stroll Williams 2 laps
14 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 2 laps
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 6 laps
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 9 laps
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 17 laps
18 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 18 laps
19 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 58 laps
20 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 60 laps


Lewis Hamilton regained top spot in the 2018 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship standings with a faultless drive to victory at the French Grand Prix, as a Turn 1 collision with Valtteri Bottas at the start of the race meant Sebastian Vettel had to settle for fifth place at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Max Verstappen took second place and Kimi Räikkönen rose from sixth on the grid to take the final podium spot.


The race started in spectacular style, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel colliding with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in Turn 1. The German made a good start but could find no way to attack pole position starter Hamilton. Vettel moved right where Bottas was powering past and as the pair went into the first corner there was contact. Bottas sustained a rear left puncture and Vettel nose damage, which forced both back to the pits for repairs.


There was another incident in Turn 3 when Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly collided. Both Frenchman were ruled out of their home race and with debris on the track, the Safety Car was deployed.

Behind the SC Hamilton now led Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, with Carlos Sainz third for Renault after a good start from P7 on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth in the second Red Bull with Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen fifth. After their stops for repairs, during which they also took on soft tyres, Vettel and Bottas rejoined in 17th and 18th place respectively.

Racing resumed at the end of lap five and Hamilton controlled the re-start well to hold his lead over an unchanged top five.

Vettel and Bottas were quickly on the march once racing resumed, however, and by lap 10 the Ferrari driver was up to 10th place, with Bottas in P13. Vettel, though, had been placed under investigation by the stewards, and the German was handed a five-second time penalty for causing the collision with his Mercedes rival.

Vettel was on a march, however and in short order he dismissed Force India’s Sergio Perez and Haas’ Romain Grosjean to sit eighth behind Sauber’s Charles Leclerc on lap 16 and then he powered past Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Sainz to take fifth place on lap 20. He was now 30s behind race leader Hamilton, having made a pit stop and taken on soft tyres.

Verstappen was the first of the leaders to make a scheduled pit stop and at the end of lap 25 the Dutchman took on a set of soft tyres before rejoining in fourth place behind Hamilton, Ricciardo and Räikkönen. Vettel was now just 3.7s behind Verstappen in fifth place. Ricciardo then made his stop for softs on lap 28.

Hamilton pitted on lap 33, again for softs, and ceded the lead briefly to Räikkönen. But the Finn made his own trip to pit lane soon after and Hamilton jumped back to first place ahead of Verstappen and Ricciardo who had powered past Vettel when the German made a mistake at the Le Beausset corner.

Räikkönen’s stop dropped him to fifth place behind his team-mate but the Finn had bolted on supersoft tyres and was now lapping considerably faster than Vettel. The German quickly moved over for his team-mate and Räikkönen rose to fourth.

Vettel’s race was then compromised further when he made a second stop for tyres at the end of lap 40. There was an issue with the change and the German was stationary for a crippling 9.1s. He lost no places but there were now 35.9s between him and Räikkönen.

At the front, Hamilton was now seemingly in control. On lap 43 he was 4.8s clear of Verstappen, who was experience a vibration problem on his car, while Ricciardo was a further 9.3 further back. Räikkönen was now 4.5s behind the Australian, with Vettel fifth ahead of Sainz, Magnussen, Bottas (who also had a slow pit stop) Hulkenberg and 10th-placed Leclerc.

Räikkönen then began to close on Ricciardo as his tyre advantage told and with eight laps left he attacked the Australian. The Red Bull driver tried to defend and managed to keep Räikkönen at bay for half the lap but eventually the Finn snuck past through the chicane to take third place.

Sixth-placed Sainz was the next man in trouble and a handful of laps from home he reported a loss of power. He was quickly passed by Magnussen and Bottas and dropped to eighth place, eight seconds ahead of team-mate Hulkenberg.

And that was how it stayed, with Hamilton crossing the line after 53 laps to take his 65th career grand prix victory ahead of Verstappen and Räikkönen. Ricciardo was fourth, with Vettel fifth ahead of Magnussen, Bottas, Sainz, Hulkenberg and Leclerc.

The result means that Hamilton now heads the drivers’ standings with 145 points, 14 clear of Vettel. Ricciardo moves back to third place with 96 points, four clear of Bottas.


2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix – Race
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 7.090
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25.888
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 34.736
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:01.935
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.364
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.632
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:27.184
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:31.989
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:33.873
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 lap
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 lap
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1 lap
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1 lap
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 3 laps
17 Lance Stroll Williams 5 laps
18 Sergio Perez Force India 26 laps
19 Esteban Ocon Force India
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso

A collection amassed over time

The Porsche Archive is based in Zuffenhausen – but that’s not the whole story. There are also thousands of design drawings housed in a basement room in the Weissach Development Center. All in all, this 70-year collection contains over 100,000 sheets.


Uwe Geisel’s movements are almost reverential as he unrolls a construction drawing with the utmost care and caution on the table top in front of him. He caresses the sheet of parchment with his hand and pauses briefly before commenting with the air of a true expert; “This technical drawing shows an early Carrera logo dating back to 1952”. The process is repeated with another sheet of parchment: “There’s a lot of interesting details on this one, which was produced in 1948 for the Cisitalia. See the steering wheel? It makes another appearance in the Porsche 356-001”. Geisel allows the tension to build as he unrolls the next sheet; “This drawing shows the delicate bodywork of the 356. It was sketched out on a drawing board in 1950”. All of these drawings are originals that have survived the decades intact.


The Ducati Scrambler Land of Joy returns to Wheels and Waves

  • An array of custom and concept bikes await discovery at the Scrambler booth
  • Directly from Days of Joy, Flat Track School now heads for Biarritz
  • Customised Ducati Scrambler 800 to take part in the El Rollo Flat Track race

Borgo Panigale, Bologna, 15 June 2018 – Once again, Ducati Scrambler is heading for Wheels and Waves, the renowned French custom bike event taking place from 14 to 17 June in Biarritz, France. This edition will see the Ducati Scrambler Land of Joy showcase concept and custom bikes from Italy, California and France. Moreover, the Flat Track School will be arriving directly from Days of Joy, the Ducati Scrambler riding school.

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The Ducati Scrambler-based concept motorcycle created by the Californian designer Alex Earle at Ducati stems from an 800 cc Scrambler. Inspired by generations of Southern California desert riders, the Desert Sled Concept was developed to synthesize adventure riding. Combining cues from the scramblers and desert sleds of the 60’s and 70’s with the latest electronics and engineering Ducati has to offer. The motorcycle was endowed with high capacity desert tank as well as an auxiliary reserve in the tail. The motorcycle was ranked among the top three places in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 in the “Concept Bike” category.

The displayed custom motorcycles also include Fuoriluogo, built by Unit Garage on the basis of an idea by journalist Roberto Ungaro. The Italian customizer aimed to make the Desert Sled Scrambler even more off-road by mounting a stubbier tank and a Termignoni exhaust. The custom kit also includes a quick-release pannier and a toolbox positioned under the swingarm.

The Land of Joy area also features two other custom-built Ducati Scramblers, directly from the Bad Winners workshop in Paris. The two projects, created by renowned French customizer Walid, are based on a Ducati Scrambler 800 and 1100. At Wheels & Waves, the Scrambler 1100 will be customized in ‘real time’ under the gaze of the public, who can even join in and help with the build.

The Scrambler 800, instead, will take part in the El Rollo Flat Track race. Here, the Parisian customizer offers us a motorcycle with taut lines, giving the project a striking silhouette and that typical Flat Track look. Putting the custom motorcycle through its paces on the El Rollo dirt track will be specialised rider Zoe David.

For this edition, Ducati Scrambler will also be bringing the Flat Track School to Wheels & Waves, directly from Days of Joy. Here, enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get some Flat Track experience with two revered instructors: Frank Chatokhine and Zoe David. Riding Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 bikes, specially customised for the occasion, participants will learn how to drift around oval dirt tracks safely.

Flat Track School sessions will be held on Saturday 16 June from 5 p.m. onwards, after the El Rollo prize-giving ceremony. You can obtain information and sign up at the Ducati Scrambler booth in the Wheels & Waves Village.