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Hamilton flames out of Malaysian GP; Rosberg finishes third

Lewis Hamilton could only muster cries of “oh no, no” as flames erupted from his Mercedes F1 car’s engine late into the Malaysian GP and with the British driver leading comfortably. What would have been certain victory fizzled out, and he looked on as teammate Nico Rosberg extended his lead in the championship race by finishing in third place. It was a Red Bull 1-2 finish at the Sepang Circuit. Daniel Ricciardo beat teammate Max Verstappen to become only the other non-Mercedes race winner this season apart from, well… Verstappen. Rosberg is now up 23 points over Hamilton, with five races left after the Malaysian GP. The German driver has 288 points… Continue Reading »


Rosberg wins Singapore GP; retakes lead over Hamilton in title race

Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Singapore GP, finally retaking the lead in the drivers’ championship race. With six races left this season, Rosberg has snagged the momentum from teammate Lewis Hamilton. The win is Rosberg’s third in a row, after also winning in Belgium and in Italy. Hamilton, meanwhile, managed to finish in third place behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. With that difference, Rosberg takes an 8-point lead, with 273 points in total compared to Hamilton’s 265. Between them, the Mercedes drivers have won all but one of the 15 races so far in 2016. More than Hamilton, however, Rosberg had to fend off a pesky Ricciardo, who hung on right… Continue Reading »


Rosberg capitalizes on Hamilton’s slow start, wins Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the first time in four races, but fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg capitalized on a slow start to secure the win at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. With the win, Rosberg’s second in a row, he moves within 2 points of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. This is Rosberg’s seventh win this season, which is one more than Hamilton’s total. It is also the German driver’s 21st career win. While many of the fans who were at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza wanted a Ferrari win, not all was lost. The duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were able to salvage a P3 and P4… Continue Reading »


Rosberg wins Belgian GP; Hamilton goes from back row to podium

In the first race back from the mid-season F1 break, Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, snapping a four-race skid that saw him relinquish the points lead to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. eanwhile, Hamilton took third place despite starting the race from the back row. He was able to make up places quick thanks to some early chaos. He managed to get his car to P13 before the incident that defined the race. Thanks to a red-flag situation caused by Kevin Magnussen driving his Renault into a wall, the red flag was deployed and the race was even suspended for a short time right after in order to… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz to get cool new €1B plant in Kecskemét, Hungary

Daimler is set to invest a whopping €1 billion ($1.1 billion) to build a new Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The planned facility is expected to generate some 2,500 jobs in the area. Of course, that’s when the plant starts producing vehicles, which is estimated for sometime around the end of this decade. Initial preps for the facility will start sometime within the current year. This will be the second Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét. The company has already announced a new round of investment in order to expand as well as upgrade the existing facility. The €580 million investment for the existing plant, which started operations in 2012 and cost €800 million to construct, allows it to… Continue Reading »


Hamilton wins 2016 German Grand Prix

A disastrous start at the 2016 German Grand Prix cost Nico Rosberg three places right away. Then off went Lewis Hamilton to his sixth win in seven races. Rosberg actually managed to fight back into a battle for P2. Halfway through, however, he drove Red Bull’s Max Verstappen off the track, a maneouver for which the stewards slapped Rosberg a five-second penalty. The German wasn’t too thrilled at that, with some very tough remarks at the end of the race. “Without the penalty I was in front of the Red Bulls; with the penalty I couldn’t challenge them.” Of course, maybe Rosberg should remember not to run people off the track next… Continue Reading »


F1: Hamilton wins Hungarian GP, takes lead in championship race

Things are starting to heat up now. Lewis Hamilton took home the victory at the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, and in doing so, also takes the lead in the F1 drivers’ championship race for the first time all season. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg fought hard until the end but had to settle for second place despite starting from pole position. Rosberg led the pack since race one, and now finds himself 6 points behind Hamilton. The good news is he’s headed back to Germany after this, and should have a strong outing at his home race next weekend. Still, it was another one-two finish for Mercedes, which has been as dominant as… Continue Reading »


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