The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will serve as the official safety car for half of this season’s races, as Mercedes continues to share duties with Aston Martin.
The Black Series replaces the Mercedes-AMG GT R which was supplied by Mercedes as a safety car last year, while the previous C 63 S Estate which had been in use since 2015 is replaced as a medical car by the GT 63 S 4MATIC+. According to Mercedes, these are the most powerful editions of these vehicles.
A notable change on the new safety car is the removal of the light bar that was previously on the roof. This has been replaced by a new light signaling system integrated into the windscreen, as well as on the rear spoiler.
The rear number plate will also illuminate in the appropriate colors to signal drivers during races, while lights on the side windows will help spectators in the stands to see when the safety car is about to enter in the stalls.
Inside the cockpit, Safety Car driver Bernd Maylander will be assisted by co-driver Richard Darker, who has access to two monitors with all race information and TV footage to follow the F1 terrain on the track.
Mercedes‑AMG GT Black Series F1 safety car, Mercedes‑AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ F1 medical car
Picture by: Daimler AG
“Since 1996 – that’s every year for more than a quarter of a century – Mercedes-AMG has been supplying the vehicles that Formula 1 needs in an emergency,” said Christoph Sagemuller, Head of Motorsport at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“In their role as the Official F1 Safety Car, our performance vehicles have safely led the Formula 1 peloton around the track when called upon in bad weather or in the event of an incident. , our official F1 medical car is on site as soon as possible.
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“To ensure that, we’ve upped the ante even further for the 2022 season with our most powerful models yet, the AMG GT Black Series and AMG GT 63 S. Plus, their track performance shows off their racing DNA. unfiltered motorsport more than any of their predecessors.”
The safety and medical car will retain the red livery adopted by Mercedes last year and will be sponsored by Crowdstrike.
On weekends when Mercedes does not provide the track vehicles, the Aston Martin Vantage and Aston Martin DBX SUV will serve as the safety car and medical car respectively.