Mercedes-Benz dominates grand prix racing after a significant change in the
regulations allows its engineering prowess and grasp of new technologies to shine.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But this isn’t Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and the
Three-Pointed Star’s all-new turbo-hybrid power unit running riot in the 2014
Formula 1 World Championship. No, it’s 75 years prior, when a switch from a
weight-based to an engine-capacity formula was the catalyst for the awesome
Mercedes-Benz W154 of 1938-’ 39, perhaps the greatest of all the “Silver Arrows.”
Ironically, the W154’s era of domination was curtailed by the Second World War –
a conflict ignited by the same regime that had first financed Germany’s incredibly
successful 1930s foray into grand prix racing with Mercedes and Auto Union.