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F1: Hamilton takes pole in Bahrain; Mercedes to start in front row as Rosberg takes P2

Lewis Hamilton had to set the fastest lap at the Bahrain International Circuit in order to leapfrog Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for pole position at the start of the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, as the two Silver Arrows were only 0.077 seconds apart. That makes it two front-row starts in two tries for Mercedes this season, but main rival Ferrari is not far behind. Rosberg’s time was 1:29.570, with Sebastian Vettel not too far behind at 1:30.012 and Kimi Raikkonen at 1:30.244 to qualify in P3 and P4, respectively. Hamilton’s time was 1:29.493. According to the defending champ, Rosberg was really having a better weekend altogether and that he just… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Vans at the Aïcha des Gazelles 2016 rally

Mercedes-Benz Vans has sent four teams to the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016 in Morocco, the world’s only off-road event exclusive to women. A total of 160 teams have entered for this year’s rally, which will last 10 days in Southern Morocco’s deserts. Each team, as in your standard rallies, is made up of two individuals. Check out the Mercedes roster beloew: first-timers Bianca Manz and Alexandra Jansen, who are Daimler engineers; goldsmith Viola Hermann and master plumber Vanessa Wagner, second-timers who are entered in cooperation with the ‘Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung’ publication; master carpenter Madeleine Oster and master joiner Catrin Peest, who are entering for the first time in the starting lineup,… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes’ Rosberg wins 2016 F1 opener

Looks like 2016 is indeed more exciting for Formula One. Nico Rosberg won a thrilling season-opener for Mercedes, with teammate Lewis Hamilton taking second after overcoming a bad start from pole position. “It’s early days but a perfect start,” said Rosberg, who now has won four races in a row dating back to last season. “We need to keep our eyes on the red guys and keep working.” Hamilton had to work his way back up from P7, after being practically untouchable during the practices and in qualifying. He slipped at the start when Rosberg and Vettel passed him, then Rosberg edged him out and cost him a few more places… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes swaps crew personnel for Rosberg and Hamilton

In a move that is expected to help the team, Mercedes has swapped around several members of its drivers’ crew personnel. There are several differences between the Silver Arrow cars this season. The decision was made by the team to swap number one mechanics for 2016. New personnel turnover also paved the way for other swaps. There are no changes to the engineering personnel, however. Nico Rosberg praised the moves, saying that it can only help both drivers. “It’s good for the wider strength of the team to move people around and not have them become focused on a single car or driver,” said the German, who has come in second… Continue Reading »

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F1: Mercedes has spent 19 engine development tokens so far

Mercedes’ engine has dominated Formula One since the introduction of the new power unit setup, but it isn’t leaving stones unturned. The engine supplier has alerady spent 19 of the 32 engine development tokens allocated to it as per the new rules, second-most among engine builders heading into the season opener in Australia this weekend. The leading token-spender is Ferrari, the foremost challenger to the defending champs, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, this season. The prancing horse has spent 23 tokens to date, meaning the team only has 9 left to use for the remainder of the 2016 season. Relatively new engine supplier Honda has spent 18 of their tokens, with the ramped-up development… Continue Reading »

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The Impact Mercedes F1 Success has had on Mercedes Road Cars

Mercedes-Benz has long been involved in motorsports—from sports car racing and rallying to the high-speed adrenaline of Formula One. F1 has been the premier form of single seater racing since it began in 1950. Today, many of the teams’ cars use Mercedes engines, and the brand can boast current three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton as a driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas team. So how has Mercedes’ success in F1 impacted on its road cars? Here, we look back at how our love of the German brand has evolved over the years: Mercedes’ First F1 Team Mercedes debuted in Formula One in 1954, running a team for two years. After Mercedes won… Continue Reading »

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