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F1: Mercedes Prioritizing Reliability for Schumi

With five retirements in the 7 races so far in the 2012 Formula One season, many are thinking this year might be the last we see of Michael Schumacher in a Mercedes uniform. Still, the Mercedes AMG Petronas team is gearing up to make sure that reliability problems will no longer affect Schumi’s subsequent races. At the last race, the Canadian GP, Schumacher was on pace to finish in the lower end of the points but had to retire when his ride’s DRS got stuck open. So far, the German driver and 7-time F1 champ still has only 2 total championship points. “Zero-defect reliability is our highest priority,” said Ross… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg Starts 5th, Schumacher 9th for Canadian GP

Continuing a solid run in qualifying for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, Nico Rosberg was able to finish fifth in the qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Teammate Michael Schumacher also had a good run, and he will start ninth on the grid at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. “Today’s qualifying session went pretty well and P5 is a good starting position to gain a strong result here in Montreal,” said Rosberg. “I can still hope for a podium finish tomorrow as we have worked very hard on our race pace over the weekend. That’s why I feel quite positive because the race will depend on good tyre management as… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg Bags Second, Schumacher Gets a DNF

Another race, another mixed finish for Mercedes AMG Petronas. The 2012 Monaco Grand Prix ended with Red Bull’s Mark Webber on top, followed by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Michael Schumacher, who led everyone else in the qualifying sessions making a five-place grid penalty seem negligible, ended his Monte Carlo campaign with a thud after retiring in lap 65. It was yet another disappointing race for Schumacher, who was not able to finish after fuel pressure problems in his car caused the German to cut his stint short. There had been radio chatter picked up where Schumacher had been complaining of an unknown issue with the… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg Says Title Still Possible

The Spanish Grand Prix was a difficult one for Mercedes AMG Petronas; Michael Schumacher retired after a lap 12 collision with Bruno Senna (and subsequently penalized for Monaco), and Nico Rosberg lost fifth place near the end after some tire problems. Still, Rosberg says the championship is right there within his grasp. The thing is, with Pastor Maldonado claiming his maiden F1 victory last weekend, many of the other title contenders did not gain much headway in the standings. Fernando Alonso’s second-place finish allowed him to tie Sebastian Vettel at the top. Both have 61 points, and while Rosberg is at seventh right now, it is a mere 20 points… Continue Reading »

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Schumacher Gets 5-Place Penalty for Barcelona Crash

If you watched the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, chances are you saw a disappointing end to Michael Schumacher’s race when his MGP W03 collided with the back of Bruno Senna’s Williams. Now, the verdict is out, and the race stewards have given Schumi the unpleasant reward of a 5-place grid penalty at the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks. This penalty was given once the stewards reviewed the footage of the collision on lap 12 of the race and deemed it was caused by the German seven-time F1 champion for Mercedes AMG Petronas. Schumacher had claimed that it was Senna’s fault, but Senna countered and obviously the stewards… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg Seventh, Schumacher DNF in Barcelona

Despite some strong practices and a very solid qualifying session, Mercedes AMG Petronas could not capitalize on its momentum heading towards Sunday’s race as Nico Rosberg managed to salvage a seventh-place finish while Michael Schumacher had to retire in lap 13 in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. Williams’ Pastor Maldonado emerged victorious from pole position in a race that saw everyone bumped up one spot after erstwhile pole position holder Lewis Hamilton was penalized for having insufficient fuel after qualifying and the McLaren-Mercedes driver ended up starting at the last spot on the grid. Starting from P6, Rosberg had a solid hold on fifth place late in the race but… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg P7, Schumacher P9 after Barcelona Qualifying

After strong showings in the practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya, Mercedes AMG Petronas was able to follow through with good performances in qualifying as Nico Rosberg is set to start at P7 and Michael Schumacher at P9 once the Spanish Grand Prix starts Sunday. Two cars in the top ten is always a positive start, and Mercedes technical director Bob Bell sees another positive in the fact that the odd-numbered positions offer the ‘cleaner side of the grid’. “That was a tricky qualifying session this afternoon, and seventh position was about the most that we could have achieved,” said Rosberg, who posted a Q3 time of 1:23:005. “It… Continue Reading »

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