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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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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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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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Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Set For Frankfurt Motor Show Launch

The Mercedes-AMG hypercar is under works. The most powerful road car of the three-pointed star marque will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Months ago, news surfaced that AMG will release a hypercar in 2018. Thomas Weber, the head of research and development of Mercedes, confirmed the project during the Paris Motor Show in September last year. The exec said the Mercedes-AMG hypercar will carry the drivetrain technology of the brand’s Formula One cars. It should be noted that the F1 car of Mercedes houses a 1.6-liter hybrid turbo engine. The unit will be tuned down to make the hypercar road-legal. It is expected to deliver up to 1,000bhp. Autocar reported that… Continue Reading »

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Breaking News: Paddy Lowe Leaves Mercedes for Williams

After a very fruitful year with Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team since 2013, Paddy Lowe is reportedly preparing for his jump to Williams Racing F1 team for the 2017 season. The move of the former Mercedes executive director is expected to speed up Mercedes’ acquisition of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas as a replacement for Nico Rosberg. According to Sky Sports, Mercedes already allowed Lowe to leave the team despite not serving a notice period. The source tried to reach Mercedes for comment and the team confirmed that Lowe has already begun his gardening leave. Craig Slater of Sky Sports News HQ said the sudden move of Lowe to Williams could be… Continue Reading »

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