Sat. May 25th, 2019

Colombo Gazette

The premier online newspaper in Sri Lanka

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport claims victory

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport celebrated the historic 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix with an outstanding 1-2 podium finish as their two drivers, defending F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, eased to victory in the recently-concluded Chinese Grand Prix.

The landmark race also marked Lewis Hamilton’s 75th career victory and was his second of the 2019 season and sixth overall at the Chinese Grand Prix. The result is also the 90th win for Mercedes-Benz in Formula One.

This is the third consecutive 1-2 finish of Mercedes after the pair’s wins in the Bahrain Grand Prix and Australian Grand Prix back in March, making it the strongest start by any team in F1 history since the early 1990s.

Lewis Hamilton with 68 points leads the Drivers’ Championship by 6 points from Valtteri (62 points) while Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (130 points) leads closest challenger Ferrari by 54 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

As the Authorized Distributor in Sri Lanka for Mercedes-Benz, Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) continues to be the preferred choice for owners of the iconic German automotive brand.

DIMO has the distinction of being the oldest distributor for Mercedes-Benz passenger and commercial vehicles in the entire Asian region. The state-of-the-art “DIMO 800 Mercedes-Benz Centre of Excellence” in Colombo is a testament to the company’s long-standing relationship with Mercedes-Benz, offering best in class sales and aftercare services in a space that showcases the Mercedes-Benz experience. The Centre has been certified as a Level 4 Body and Paint repair facility in South East Asia (SEA) by Daimler AG MS/OCC Accident Management – Body & Paint Facility Assessment. DIMO is the first General Distributor in South East Asia to receive this certification and DIMO 800 is also the only LEAD Gold certified automobile related facility in the Asian region. DIMO’s relationship with Mercedes-Benz was established when DIMO launched the first ever Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle in Sri Lanka and this relationship has been further cemented through exclusives services, warranties and most importantly, the experiences with the brand.

Ranjith Pandithage – Chairman & Managing Director of DIMO stated, “It was a magnificent achievement by Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team at the Chinese Grand Prix, following their outstanding 1-2 finish in the first two races of the year as well. DIMO’s history with Mercedes-Benz goes back several decades and we are proud to represent such an iconic global brand in Sri Lanka.”

DIMO’s close ties with AMG have also been crucial in offering its customers the best innovations in the field of machinery. AMG, while these three letters stand worldwide for supreme automotive performance and driving dynamics, the AMG Driving Experience is also the perfect opportunity for customers to experience this champion car from the driver’s perspective while mastering critical situations in complete safety on legendary racetracks. In the course of the half century of its debut, Mercedes-AMG has further consolidated its position as an extremely successful sports car and performance brand with numerous successes in motorsport and the development of unique road-going vehicles.

Today, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, the Affalterbach-based company represents the sporting spearhead of the Group. For each of the now around 1600 employees, the focus will be on the brand promise of “Driving Performance”, which unites the core strengths of AMG: cutting-edge technology and a passion for dynamic, emotionally appealing products. The basis for this is the phenomenal engine technology of Mercedes-AMG.

And the company from Affalterbach has lastingly underpinned its high development capabilities with the two in-house designed sports cars, the SLS AMG and the AMG GT (Fuel consumption, combined: 11.4 – 9.3 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 259 – 216 g/km). In addition to new products, the presentation of a new Hypercar, with which Mercedes-AMG gives an outlook on the future performance was announced in 2017.

Mercedes is the only luxury automobile brand in the world having the technology to compete in Formula 1 and keeps winning the Constructor’s title and the Driver’s title for consecutive years.

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