Champions from four different racing series

Mercedes-Benz will celebrate the most successful motor racing year in the company’s history with a new version of Stars & Cars. Spectators can watch an international Who’s Who of racing live at Stars & Cars in the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart on 12 December. Taking part will be Formula One driver Nico Rosberg and the DTM aces, plus the 2015 Mercedes-Benz champions from four different racing series – three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein, FIA Formula 3 European Champion Felix Rosenqvist and ADAC GT Masters Champions Luca Ludwig and Sebastian Asch. 

Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “2015 has been the most successful motor racing year in the history of our brand. And so, our fans and colleagues can look forward to a very special event. Stars & Cars has constantly evolved since the first event in 1993. A new high point will be reached this year with an exciting competition in the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart. I am certain that once again this year, Stars & Cars will be a memorable live experience for all friends of Mercedes-Benz.”

Power and sound at close quarters

Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff: “For this year’s Stars & Cars, we’ve taken what was already there and extended the format to include new elements like real racing and interactive components for fans. Mercedes has enjoyed a very special year on the track in every single race series – and now we want to give something special back to our fans, right in the heart of Stuttgart. Visitors last year enjoyed getting up close to the stars as much as experiencing the power and the sound of the racing cars at close quarters. Mercedes-Benz has the largest motorsport presence of any brand in digital media and we want to actively involve our fans in Stars & Cars through these channels. Fans will have the opportunity to customise the event by selecting online our guest star drivers – and then watching the sparks fly on track!”

Tickets for Stars & Cars

Tickets for adults cost 5 euros per person, which includes entry to the stadium as well as the use of public transport provided by the Stuttgart Transport Cooperative, the VVS (Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart). There is only one ticket category, and tickets will be issued on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The number of tickets is limited to a maximum of ten per person.

150 places for people with mobility problems will be available at the same price. Admission is free for children under 14, but a ticket will still be required to gain entry to the stadium. Please bring proof of age or the child’s passport with you. Children’s tickets can only be ordered in conjunction with an adult ticket and are limited to a maximum five per person. For more information and to order tickets, visit: http://starsandcars.mercedes.me/

The Mercedes-Benz Museum, where Stars & Cars was staged last year, is close to the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart. As an additional highlight, entry to the Mercedes-Benz Museum will be free for all visitors (with or without Stars & Cars tickets) throughout the day (12 December 2015).

The format

This year’s Stars & Cars will be held in a stadium for the first time. A new event to the format is also being introduced. Stars & Cars will now also feature some real racing action for the first time in addition to the popular demo runs. 15 races and five special fixtures in total will be held on a between seven and eight metre wide track inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart during the event. The main competition will consist of four races, starting with the round of 16 (16 starters) and finishing with the final round (2 starters). The participants will use identical cars to compete against each other in each of the races. The winner of each round will go through to the next, in which they will line up in a different car. The evening’s two best drivers will go head-to-head in the finale, as they compete for the 2015 Stars & Cars championship title.

Lewis Hamilton: “I have celebrated each of my world championships at Stars & Cars, so I’m very excited about going back again for title number three, to share that experience with the fans and with my colleagues at Mercedes-Benz. The atmosphere is always something very special. And it’s great to hear that Mercedes is trying something new, too: I’m excited that we’re thinking out of the box a little bit for Stars & Cars 2015, because that’s what I try and do as well. I’ve been a member of the Mercedes family since I was 13 years old and it is always special to be representing the company right in the heart of Stuttgart. Plus I love to race, so I’m looking forward to a really competitive event to round off this amazing year.”

Live stream on the Race Hub

Motor racing fans everywhere who are unable to get to the event can follow what’s happening in the Mercedes-Benz Arena by logging on to the live-stream at mercedes.me/starsandcars. By the way, the Race Hub also gives fans an interesting look behind the scenes and exclusive information straight from the racetrack during all DTM and Formula One race weekends. For example, the Race Hub provided up-to-date news, four different live timing views, ‘fan-votings’, the Mercedes-Benz DTM Radio, exclusive videos, quizzes and commentaries for fans throughout the entire DTM season.


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