- 1894: Benz and Daimler cars were in what is considered
to be the first car race, from Paris to Rouen.
- 1908: Grand Prix cars were limited to ≥1,100kg, raced at Dieppe.
Mercedes 12.8-litre 4-cyl.
- 1926: Daimler and Benz merged
to form Mercedes-Benz.
- 1934: The new (≤) '750kg' Grand Prix (GP) class first saw duels
between Mercedes and Auto Union.
- 1954: Mercedes entered the new Formula One (F1)
category (2.5-litres non-supercharged)
with the W196 and
drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and
Fangio won the drivers' championship after switching from
Maserati during the season.
- 1955: Mercedes drivers
Fangio and Stirling Moss
finished 1-2 in the drivers' world championship.
- 1955: At the Le Mans 24-hour race,
the Mercedes 300 SLR sports car of Pierre Levegh
crashed into a spectator stand killing 79 people.
Mercedes subsequently withdrew from all forms of motor racing.
a 1955 300 SLR
- 1984: Mercedes entered touring car racing.
- 1985: Mercedes began supplying engines for
Sauber racing sports cars.
- 1989: The Sauber-Mercedes of Mass, Dickens and Reuter won
the Le Mans 24-hour race.
- 1994: Mercedes began supplying F1 engines to Sauber and,
in 1995, to McLaren.
- 2009: F1 engines were supplied to
Brawn, Force India, and McLaren.
Brawn won the constructors' championship and their driver
Jenson Button won the drivers'.
- 2010: Mercedes bought Brawn, the 2009 winning F1 team,
to form the Mercedes GP team.