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[F1] Canadian GP: Hamilton in Front Row, Rosberg Starts P4

During rain-soaked qualifying, Lewis Hamilton had a chance to take pole position for Mercedes AMG Petronas, but had to settle for P2 alongside Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. It’s the first time in four races that the Brit managed to out-qualify teammate Nico Rosberg, who settled for P4 behind the surprising P3 of Valtteri Bottas of Williams F1. With conditions deteriorating in Q2 so much that there was a red-flag incident involving Felipe Massa, Hamilton was able to pace the pack with 1:27.649. Hamilton clocked at 1:25.512, with a critical miss in the turn-in right into the last corner that cost him pole position. Hamilton liked the front row start, but… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Mercedes Aims to Build on Monaco Win at Canadian Grand Prix

With one win finally in the bag, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is keen on keeping their momentum going. The team is hoping for another solid performance at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix this coming weekend. The Canadian GP presents a challenge in terms of brake wear, as there are six times each lap where drivers brake from 250 kph or more. In addition, 11 of 14 corners are at 160 kph. Nico Rosberg, fresh off his Monaco GP win, where he led all laps (the first to accomplish the feat this season) from pole position, says that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is among his favorite F1 tracks and is… Continue Reading »

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Schumacher in Mercedes-Benz F1 Car Takes On AMG Models

Before the 24-hour Nurburgring event last weekend, Mercedes-Benz put on an awesome demonstration of what their Formula One car is capable of. The demo pitted Michael Schumacher in a Mercedes-Benz F1 race car against four AMG variants of the brand in a game of “catch up”. The variants included were the A45 AMG, E63 AMG 4Matic, SLS AMG Black Series and SLS AMG GT3. On the helm of the AMG cars were Bernd Maylander, Karl Wendlinger, Nico Rosberg and Bernd Schneider, respectively. The AMGs went on different times and Schumacher started more than a minute after the last car. But near the end of the lap, the F1 car overtook the others… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton Fulfills Wish of a Longtime Fan

One teen was definitely elated when he met his longtime sporting hero, Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix, which was the race that the team won last Sunday. Zaim Beekawa, a nineteen year-old boy diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a form of cancer), was nominated by a social worker at the University College Hospital in London to realize his lifetime wish of meeting his idol, Hamilton. In Beekawa’s statement during his interview with “This Is Local London” website, he said that when he was asked to choose between a holiday or a gift, he decided that he would like to watch the F1 race instead. It turned out that he… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Hamilton on Mercedes’ Tire Test Controversy and Vettel’s Comments

Even though he’s just come off a fourth-place finish at the just-concluded Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton has had a fairly rough season so far. The F1 star chimes in on some issues plaguing him and his team. On the Mercedes Tire Test Controversy Hamilton just shrugged off any concern about the protests that the team is facing over its undisclosed testing of future Pirelli tires. With three new teams joining Red Bull and Ferrari in protesting the tests, the pressure is on FIA and on Mercedes. “We were required to do some work, we did some work,” said Hamilton. “Right now, I’m not concerned about… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton Not Yet 100 Comfortable with His Mercedes F1 Car

In a statement of Lewis Hamilton with Aljazeera, he is not concerned at all if Mercedes-Benz will be pulled away by the Formula One council to explain their side of the story regarding their alleged “secret tyre test”. He said that it is the team’s problem and not a personal issue. However, he did say during the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix that he has to focus on himself and get himself together for the race. According to the young Briton, he felt that he is not yet completely comfortable with the new car he is driving. He commented that he noticed the feeling during his test runs before… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Mercedes Faces Outcry over Secret Tire Tests

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is in trouble, as it faces potential protests over a series of tests using Pirelli tires in development for next season and also another design that is salted to be introduced at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. Ninety percent of the testing was for next season’s tires, according to Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery. The tests were done with the F1 W04, and with regular drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. They were also done over three days, between the Spanish GP and this weekend’s Monaco GP (for which the Mercedes team took a front-row lock-out to start the race). Teams are not allowed… Continue Reading »

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