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Bahrain GP: Hamilton, Bottas finish in podium but Vettel secures win

The 2017 Bahrain GP was surely fruitful for Mercedes. The team did, after all, see Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish in second and third place, respectively. However, it’s disappointing for the team to see Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari take home the race victory. Bottas started from pole and managed to hold off Vettel at the start, but eventually finished 20 seconds out of the top spot. Hamilton made a play for it late in the game but could not catch Vettel, who took the victory 6.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton to take the lead in the drivers’ standings. This was a very tactical race, and Vettel made the correct calls…. Continue Reading »

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Bottas takes pole ahead of Hamilton for Bahrain GP

Valtteri Bottas recorded his first-ever pole position in Formula One, winning a thrilling bout with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the right to lead the starters at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. This makes for the team’s first front-row lockout this season. Bottas became just the fifth Finn to win a pole position in F1. The other four? Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, and Heiki Kovalainen. That is certainly some good company. When Bottas jumped Hamilton for the Q3 lead, Hamilton subsequently could not improve upon his own time after losing some time in the first sector of the track. He has to settle for P2, but he… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton dominates Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton capped off a fairly dominant race weekend by winning the 2017 Chinese GP, ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, in a race that could have gone either way were it not for certain events. The win puts Hamilton with Vettel in a tie for the drivers championship points lead. Mercedes, meanwhile, takes the lead in the team standings over Ferrari. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stole the show with an incredible drive, going from P16 all the way to seventh right in the first lap. He had to duel with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo near the end, but eventually took the last spot on the podium. Hamilton led… Continue Reading »

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Chinese Grand Prix qualifying: Hamilton takes pole; Bottas in third

Lewis Hamilton made the most of the dry track at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday, taking pole position to fend off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas took the other Mercedes car to P3. It sure looks like Hamilton and Vettel will be the duel to watch this season, with Vettel taking first blood when he won the opener at Australia a couple of weeks ago. With his sixth straight pole position, Hamilton is closing in fast on the all-time leaders. His 63 career poles is just 2 behind Ayrton Senna for second place. Meanwhile, he needs only 6 more to surpass Michael Schumacher for the all-time best mark. On… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton to open 2017 F1 season in pole position

Lewis Hamilton will be in pole position to kick off the 2017 F1 season. The Mercedes driver won a tight qualifying which saw Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel take P2 (with a time of 1:22.456) and new Silver Arrows driver Valtteri Bottas claim P3 (1:22.481). Hamilton clocked 1:22.188, a mere 0.268 ahead of Vettel, while Bottas was just a shade behind P2 with a 0.025 difference between himself and the Ferrari. The pole position is the 62nd of Hamilton’s career. He is in third on the all-time list, and he’s closing in fast on Ayrton Senna with 65. Michael Schumacher is at the top of that list with 68. It’s not outside… Continue Reading »

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Meet the F1 W08 EQ Power+

Defending F1 champion Mercedes AMG Petronas has unveiled its 2017 entry, the all-new F1 W08 EQ Power+. The new car was launched at the team’s Silverstone facility, broadcast over live 360-degree video on Facebook as well as on YouTube and the team’s site. Not only does it sport a new naming convention and some new livery, it’s packed with the level of performance, technology, and engineering you would come to expect from the Silver Arrows. A familiar contender along with one new face will be behind the wheels of the F1 W08 for the team this season, which should see the fastest cars in the sport thanks to new aerodynamic… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg is 2016 F1 champion

Nico Rosberg did not win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix… but he didn’t need to. His Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton needed a miracle to overcome Rosberg’s lead in the points, and while Hamilton took the race win, Rosberg took second place, which was more than enough to become the 2016 F1 champion. This is Rosberg’s first F1 championship, having spent 11 seasons and accomplishing 206 starts so far in his F1 career. He capitalized on a hot start, winning the first four races of the season and scoring just enough points to keep Hamilton’s charge at bay. He became F1 champion 34 years after his father, Keke Rosberg, accomplished the… Continue Reading »

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