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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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Lewis Hamilton Says He Has No Problems With Mercedes F1

The three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton recently ranted about data sharing in racing. However, he later cleared out that he had no problems with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and Valtteri Bottas. In an interview with UBS Formula One, Hamilton complained about the practice being unfair because it allows another driver to gain an advantage by studying someone else’s “homework”. “I go out, do my laps, do all my homework and the other guy can see everything,” the Mercedes driver said. “Because of this data, they can just copy you, by braking five metres earlier here, two metres there. That’s what I really dislike,” he explained. “That’s what I… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes F1 is Predicted to Remain Dominant in 2017 Season

New rules in Formula One will be introduced this year. However, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is still seen as a dominant force most likely to emerge as Constructors’ Champion again in the coming season. It was reported that new rules in F1 will be put in effect this season. The amended regulations will bring in wider wings and tyres plus increased downforce for the race cars of the sport. In the interview of Jenson Button, he said that he believes the changes are not enough to cripple Mercedes F1. The former McLaren driver stated that Mercedes F1 remains as the team with the most superior engine in the sport. Any advantages in the… Continue Reading »

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Valtteri Bottas Only Gets One-Year Guarantee in Mercedes F1

  When Nico Rosberg announced his retirement following his 2016 Formula One World Championship win, the search for the driver that will take his vacated seat in Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team was immediately set in motion. Forty-five days after Rosberg’s shocking announcement, Mercedes revealed that his replacement for the 2017 races is Valtteri Bottas. However it was discovered that the Finn’s contract with the 2016 Constructors Champion only has a one-year guarantee. According to Motorsport, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff confirmed the nature of Bottas’ contract with the team. He said the decision was to provide his group’s options open when big name stars will be available for negotiations in the 2018… Continue Reading »

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Valterri Bottas Joins Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas revealed that Valtteri Bottas will be taking the vacancy left by Nico Rosberg in the team. He will be partnered with Lewis Hamilton in the 2017 season of Formula One. According to Mercedes, Bottas is the 11th driver to compete in F1 with the Silver Arrows car. The new drivers’ lineup of the team was announced 45 days after Rosberg dropped the bombshell about his retirement. Bottas had been a strong candidate to replace Rosberg together with Fernando Alonso and Pascal Wehrlein. After talks with Alonso failed to yield favorable results for Mercedes, Bottas was reported to have visited the factory of the team just before Christmas. The said event fueled speculations… Continue Reading »

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Claire Williams Hints the Move of Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes F1

Claire Williams, the deputy principal of Williams Racing team in Formula One, hinted that Valtteri Bottas is moving to Mercedes AMG Petronas. The driver would come as a replacement to the now-retired 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg in Mercedes, and he will be partnered with the three-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. BBC Sport reported that when Williams was asked a question if there was already “crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s” regarding Bottas’ switch to Mercedes, she replied, “It is exactly that.” Williams said that when Rosberg made an exit from the sport, she already expected a call from Toto Wolff. She added that she doesn’t want to hinder a driver who… Continue Reading »

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