Mercedes-Benz's opening salvo in Formula 1

On this day in 1954, Juan Manuel Fangio led home team mate Karl Kling as Mercedes dominated the French Grand Prix at Reims to secure its very first victory in Formula 1.

The German manufacturer's streamlined-bodied W196 Silver Arrows, powered by its mighty straight-8 fuel injected engine, set the pace from the outset on the 8.3 km power circuit, with Fangio and Kling running away with the race and finishing a lap clear of Robert Manzon's Ferrari.