Alongside the safety car, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate is on hand to provide emergency care as an Official Medical Car of the FIA Formula One World Championship™, driven by Alan van der Merwe. Technically, the medical car corresponds to the 510 hp series vehicle, and it is also equipped for use on the track with the optional ceramic high-performance compound braking system. Four individual racing seats with four-point belts offer the driver and the team of doctors optimal support and safety.
The FIA Medical Car follows the Formula 1® field on the starting lap, as the racing cars are grouped particularly closely together in this critical phase of the race. In the event of an incident, the medics are therefore able to reach the scene of the accident rapidly and administer first aid immediately.
In the interior, both safety vehicles have two additional screens. The first showing the current television image of the race broadcast, with the second showing a graphic of the current track positions of individual racing cars. Both safety vehicles are also fitted with a carbon-fibre roof light bar, specially developed by AMG, which accommodates the obligatory flashing light.
During the race, the Official Medical Car of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ and the Official Safety Car are on stand-by next to each other in the pit lane.