Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull set nearly all the records and took most of the titles in 2011 but were denied one particular title: For the third successive year (2009-2011), Mercedes secured the most championship points of all the engine manufacturers last season with its three teams (Mercedes GP, McLaren-Mercedes, Force India).
In addition, the six Mercedes cars posted the most race laps and covered the greatest number of race kilometres in the 2011 season (92% of total race kilometres possible). There were only two failures in 330 races for Mercedes engines between 2009 and 2011: Adrian Sutil, Australia 2010, and Michael Schumacher, Monaco 2011.
Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Norbert Haug: "This is a good result and quite a satisfying one for our engine specialists to score three times in a row the most points per season in Formula One as an engine manufacturer. Our reliability record is also worthy of mention and our target will be to stay at the level we have achieved, or even to improve it."
Five milestones of the V8 engine era
2009: Jenson Button wins three races with the same Mercedes V8 engine (FW049-01) – Bahrain, Monaco and Spain. Total mileage, 2,016 km.
2010: Three drivers running engines supplied by the same manufacturer finish together on the podium for the first time in the V8 era: Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton (both McLaren-Mercedes) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP).
2011: The Hungarian Grand Prix marks the 100th grand prix since 2006 for the 2.4 litre V8 engine.
2011: Mercedes engine FY043-01 achieves a mileage of 3,037 km (the highest of any unit from 2009-2011).
Three facts about Formula One engines
1. The pistons in an F1 engine are subjected to a pressure of 2.5 tons when the car is cornering or braking. A connecting rod has to withstand the same force as if a Range Rover were suspended from it.
2. It takes on average 20 minutes to vacuum clean a typical living room. An F1 engine would do the job much faster, sucking out all of the air in your living room in 60 seconds flat.
3. Each piston in an F1 engine moves up and down 300 times per second at maximum revs. That's comparable to a human eye blinking 30 times every second.