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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Despite Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team locking the first and second places in the Australian Grand Prix, a huge improvement was seen in its rivals. Niki Lauda, the non-executive chairman of the group, warned during his interview with Sky Sports that the tight duel in Melbourne might be repeated in the following races. In the first race of the season, Nico Rosberg emerged triumphant while Lewis Hamilton trailed behind. Third was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and fourth was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel notably led almost half the race. That was until Mercedes F1 caught up and won the race in the end, thanks to a mistaken tire call on the part of… Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
If you’ve been bored to death by the dominance of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in the past couple of years, don’t worry. The Mercedes drivers recognize it, too, and in line with that, they think that the new rule tweaks in the sport set to go live this year should make races more exciting for those in the stands and watching at home.
The introduction of the present engine regulations brought a lot of advantages for Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The performance gains of the team allowed them to score back-to-back championships in both the Constructors and Drivers categories in 2014 to 2015. It also gave them numerous one-two finishes in races. As we have mentioned in our earlier report, the current hybrid V6 engine used by Mercedes F1 is not yet in its full potential. With more than 900 bhp in its output, the engine was at its 45 percent thermal efficiency as of last year. However, the video featured here indicates that Mercedes is targeting at least 50 percent efficiency… Continue Reading »
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team showed no signs of slowing down. The team continued to display its excellent form during the recent F1 practice. Nico Rosberg in particular logged the fasted pace in the latest pre-season test. According to BBC Sport, the Mercedes driver set a record of 1:23.022 in the event using only soft tires. The German’s time was 0.207 seconds faster than the one next to him who happened to be Valtteri Bottas of Williams at 1:23.229. McLaren showed improvement too. With Fernando Alonso in the helm during the practice, he set off a time of 1:24.735. It may be 1.7 seconds less than the time of Rosberg, but it… Continue Reading »