Mercedes GP will race under a new name next year

The Mercedes GP team has announced that it will compete under a new name in next year’s Formula 1 season: Mercedes AMG Petronas.

AMG is the high-performance arm of the Mercedes-Benz group, enjoying a prominent brand position in Germany’s top-line tin-top series, the DTM championship. AMG has also been the supplier of the Formula 1 Safety and Medical Cars for the last fifteen years.

“Our new team name fuses the proud traditions of AMG and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows at the pinnacle of motorsport,” says Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug.

“These three letters are synonymous with high technology, sporting performance and excitement and this step is a further strong sign of the strategic commitment Mercedes-Benz has made to Formula 1.”

The team also announced that it would debut its 2012 challenger, the W03, at the second pre-season test at Barcelona, on February 21.

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