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Mercedes lessons at the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix

The Chinese Grand Prix continues to be kind to Lewis Hamilton, as the Mercedes driver took the victory in this year’s race ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Here are some points that were evident with the race and the outcome. Lewis Hamilton cruised but still showed speed where it counted Hamilton recorded a Grand Chelem (or Grand Slam) at the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix, which means he took pole position in qualifying, recorded the race’s fastest lap, and won while leading from the opening lap up until the end of race. This was Hamilton’s second such feat, after tallying one at last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix. While Ferrari had great pace, they couldn’t offset… Continue Reading »

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F1: Mercedes secures front-row start at Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton did not waste any time trying to get back into the saddle after missing his chance at the last race. The defending F1 champ took pole position after a solid, tight qualifying run at the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix, while teammate Nico Rosberg took P2 for another Mercedes front-row start. Hamilton clinched his 41st career pole position by registering a lap time that was a mere 0.4 seconds better than that of Rosberg. The British driver attributed his success at the Shanghai International Circuit to the layout suiting his driving style and him enjoying driving on this particular track. He also credited fan support present on the track…. Continue Reading »

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March 2015 is best sales month in Mercedes-Benz history

Mercedes-Benz continues to enjoy massive success in the market, as the company posted its strongest monthly sales performance this past March with a total of 183,467 vehicles delivered to customers within the month. That figure represents a 15.7 percent increase from the same period last year, and it also contributed to the strongest quarter in the company’s history. The total for the first three months of 2015 stands at 429,602 units, which is 14.8 percent better than the same quarter last year. With the C-Class sedan and estate models enjoying great success during the quarter, and the SUV and compact car segments also posting superb gains in terms of sales, it’s easy to… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class lineup gets boost via five new models

The C-Class continues to be one of Mercedes-Benz’s main vehicle lines in terms of the automaker’s global strategy, and as such, the company is giving the lineup a boost by way of five new models, including a new entry-level variant, a couple of four-wheel drive units, a new 4-cylinder model, and the powerful C 450 AMG 4MATIC. The C 160 Saloon arrives as the newest entry-level option for the budget-conscious buyer. It debuts at around 2,000 euros less than its predecessor, the C 180 Saloon. It comes with a 129 hp four-cylinder engine that has up to 210 Nm of trque. It goes from zero to 100 in 9.6 seconds (Estate… Continue Reading »

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F1: Malaysian GP – Mercedes finishes 2, 3 as Vettel grabs race win

It’s official: we have a competition in our hands for the 2015 Formula One season. Sebastian Vettel grabbed the victory at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of the two Mercedes cars, showing that there’s a lot of work to be done by the defending constructors champion if it wants to fend off Ferrari this year. Lewis Hamilton failed to convert a pole position into a race victory for the first time in the last eight poles, but still finished second while Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took the third and final spot on the podium at the Sepang Circuit. Hamilton finished a whopping 8.57 seconds behind the Ferrari, though. There was… Continue Reading »

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F1: Malaysian GP qualifying – Mercedes’ Hamilton takes pole; Rosberg in P3

Don’t look now, but Ferrari’s trying to spoil the party. Lewis Hamilton will start the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday in pole position, after edging out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took P3 on the starting grid after a rainy qualifying session. The three Q3 times for the top 3 qualifiers were close: Hamilton posted 1:49.834, Vettel 1:49.908, and Rosberg 1:50.299. Hamilton actually set that time on his initial flying lap and never actually got to improve it, allowing Vettel to edge a bit too close for comfort. In the end, though, Hamilton was able to clinch his 40th career F1 pole position. Meanwhile, surrendering P2 to the Ferrari means ending a… Continue Reading »

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F1: Hamilton takes 2015 opener ahead of Rosberg for Mercedes one-two

New season, more of the same. That’s how it looked — and they made it look easy — for the Mercedes team at the opening of the 2015 Formula One season in Australia. Lewis Hamilton took the race win ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg for another Mercedes one-two finish, showing the world that the team-to-beat has not changed. Sebastian Vettel made his debut for the Ferrari team in grand fashion, taking the third spot on the podium after fending off a relentless Felipe Massa. Hamilton and Rosberg were all praises for the team on the radio after clinching first and second, respectively. “Great work, guys. Really awesome car,” said Rosberg. The race was marred… Continue Reading »

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