THE field at this year's Australian grand prix in Melbourne will again be guided by a three-pointed star.
Mercedes-Benz's new Mercedes-AMG GT S will guide the Formula 1 field safely around the track when bad weather conditions or accidents necessitate deployment of the safety car. The grand prix will be staged around Albert Park from March 12-15.
The front mid-engine concept with transaxle, the V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, the dual clutch transmission and the cutting-edge sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone axles provide the basis for fast laps on the race circuit.
German driver Bernd Mayländer will be at the helm.
"The gull-wing SLS AMG was my official car in Formula 1 for five years. Now I'm looking forward to the new Mercedes-AMG GT S, which I have been fortunate enough to get to know during its development phase," he said.
"The new AMG sports car won me over immediately with its high-calibre race track performance."
The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is debuting on the race track as the second official car alongside the GT S.
On hand to provide fast emergency medical care, the C63 S and is crewed by up to three medics with racing driver Alan van der Merwe at the wheel.