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AUTOSPORT Awards 2014: Mercedes W05 wins Racing Car of the Year

The Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid that claimed a record-breaking 16 victories during the 2014 Formula 1 season has been named Racing Car of the Year at the AUTOSPORT Awards

AUTOSPORT Awards 2014: Mercedes W05 wins Racing Car of the Year

As the Mercedes factory secured its first F1 titles since 1955, it broke the 26-year-old record for wins in a single season, previously held by the 1988 McLaren, and equalled by Ferrari in 2002 and '04, in the process.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg only missed out on victory on three occasions, when Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.

The award was collected by engineering director Aldo Costa, head of aerodynamics Mike Elliott, chief designer John Owen, engineering director Hywel Thomas, head of performance engineer Owen Jones and technology director Geoff Willis.

"The team is made by great people, we've got very, very good colleagues," said Costa on stage.

Mercedes capitalised on the new 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine regulations and the F1 W05 emerged as the dominant car of the 2014 season. Nico Rosberg took it to 11 pole positions over the course of 2014 to secure the inaugural FIA pole position trophy.

Hamilton added a further seven poles, meaning the car started first in 18 of 2014's 19 races.

It also took a driver to the podium in every single race.

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