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New Mercedes-AMG GT S safety car for 2015
Formula One will have a new safety car in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT S this year as well as a new Mercedes-AMG C63 S medical car.
Mercedes F1 safety cars of the last 10 years
- 1996: C 36 AMG
1997: CLK 55 AMG
2000: CL 55 AMG
2001: SL 55 AMG
2003: CLK 55 AMG
2004: SLK 55 AMG
2006: CLK 63 AMG
2008: SL 63 AMG
2010: SLS AMG
2012 (Belgian GP onwards): SLS AMG GT
2015: GT S
The safety car will again be driven by Bernd Maylander while his passenger Peter Tibbetts keeps in touch with race control and monitors the race via an on-board iPad. The safety car is deployed when bad weather or incidents pose a threat to the safe continuation of the race and it made an appearance at 10 of 19 grands prix last season.
"The gull-wing SLS AMG was my official car in Formula One for five years," Maylander said. "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. The new AMG sports car won me over immediately with its high-calibre race track performance."
The C63 S medical car is driven by Alan van der Merwe, who is accompanied by Dr Ian Roberts, the FIA's head physician. It also features a 4.0-litre V8 producing 510bhp, but its extra bulk means its 0-60 time is 4.1s. In the back it has space for one or two additional medics as well as medical equipment, including a defibrillator and respirator.