Mercedes obliterates Monza lap record

The Mercedes-AMG ONE is the German's latest high-performance production car.

Whilst they might not be the fastest in Formula 1 currently, the German manufacturer are certainly suffering from no straight-line speed issues with their Mercedes-AMG ONE, their latest road car project.

The sensational car broke the production car lap record at the home of the Italian Grand Prix recently, by an immense 11 seconds.

The ONE lapped Monza in 1m:43.902s, over 23 seconds slower than last season’s pole time.

Charles Leclerc claimed pole in Monza last season thanks to a 1m:20.161s, highlighting the superiority an F1 car has over the latest production cars.

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Interestingly, the ONE boasts the same 1.6L V6 turbo engine, the same as what’s in the back of the W14.

The remarkable piece of Mercedes engineering is currently worth £2.1 million, with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton set to own two of them.

275 are set to be sold, with Hamilton and his father having to have one each.

Hamilton will perhaps be hoping that Mercedes can use the ONE as inspiration, to start breaking records once again themselves.

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It’s been a challenging 12 months for the Silver Arrows, with the side having made a mess of the new aerodynamic regulations.

After slipping to third in the Constructors’ Championship last season, Mercedes currently find themselves in the exact same spot three races in to the 2023 season, with a new concept set to be introduced at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Despite their issues with the W14, the recent Australian Grand Prix was Mercedes’ best weekend of the season so far, with Hamilton having qualified third with George Russell in second.

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Whilst Russell unfortunately retired with a power unit failure, Hamilton was able to hold on for second at the Albert Park Circuit, putting him fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.

Whilst podiums do look possible for Mercedes, they aren’t in a position where they can challenge Red Bull for victories or pole positions, with the Austrians having a sizeable advantage.

Mercedes’ hope is that the new concept will see the gap to Red Bull close from Imola onwards, with their revolutionary ‘zero-sidepods’ set to be replaced after being in use since the start of 2022.