After a dreadful 2012, Nico Rosberg’s win in China notwithstanding, 2013 was a make-or-break year for Mercedes, with threats that the Formula One programme would be wound up if improvements were not forthcoming. Instead, Mercedes proved to be one of the surprises of the season as they took three wins and eight pole positions on the way to second in the Constructors’ Championship, piping Ferrari by just six points to end the year as Red Bull’s nearest challenger.
The Silver Arrows in flying formation in Malaysia, where Hamilton would take his first podium finish for the team, after Rosberg was told to hold station behind his new team-mate
Mercedes, having scored just six points in the...
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