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Mercedes F1 Race Car Launch Confirmed

When Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team said that they will make a big announcement just after the New Year celebration, we assumed it will be about its new drivers’ lineup. However, it turned out that the group only confirmed the launch date of the new Mercedes W08 Silver Arrows. According to Sky Sports, Mercedes F1 will unveil its new race car on February 23. The company is also giving its fans a chance to attend the W08 launch next month via an online competition. Mercedes F1 stated that lucky participants in the contest will see the 2017 challenger of the Constructors Champion in the flesh. They will even witness the race… Continue Reading »

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Valtteri Bottas Visited Mercedes Factory Before Christmas

The official announcement of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team regarding its 2017 drivers’ lineup is scheduled to be made a few hours from now. Reliable sources said that Valtteri Bottas is the likely replacement of Nico Rosberg. Another event that further fueled the speculations is the reported visit of the Finn at the Mercedes factory just before Christmas. According to ESPN, Bottas went to the plant to try out the cockpit of the 2017 Silver Arrow. Technical preparations were also made with Mercedes engineers for the coming racing season. Aside from Bottas, the other candidates that Mercedes was eyeing as a replacement for Rosberg include McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein…. Continue Reading »

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Pascal Wehrlein Leaves Manor Racing Team

Pascal Wehrlein is a decorated race car driver prior to his entry in Formula One. He became the youngest driver to win a Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) race at the age of 19 and also the youngest champion of the same organization at age 20 in 2015. His skills led him to a driver’s seat in Manor Racing Team. Upon the announcement of Nico Rosberg’s retirement in F1, Wehrlein was one of the names that popped up as a possible replacement of the 2016 World Champion in Mercedes AMG Petronas team. However, sources said that the former DTM champion was still considered by Mercedes as inexperienced in F1. Thus, he remained as… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes F1 Posts Classified Ad for Race Driver Position

The sudden retirement of Nico Rosberg from Formula One certainly caught a lot of people off-guard, including his team. Following the announcement of the newly-crowned World Champion, Mercedes F1 posted a classified advertisement for the seat vacated by the Finn. From the screenshot of the ad in Motorsport.com, it starts with the statement, “A vacancy has arisen for the position of race driver with the team.” Then it lists down the qualifications for potential applicants. That’s where humor kicks in. One of the requirements say, “Ideally, you will have a proven track record in skills including steering, braking and, in particular, accelerating.” It also mentions, “Possession of an FIA Super… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes F1 Drivers 2017 Lineup Update: Valtteri Bottas Set to Join the Team

Recent developments suggest that Valtteri Bottas is set to join Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team for the 2017 season. The 27-year old driver is poised to replace Nico Rosberg in his seat with the 2016 F1 Constructors’ Champion. The Finn will be partnered with the three-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton in the upcoming year. Bottas has been in the sights of Mercedes F1 following the retirement of Rosberg from the sport. Originally, Fernando Alonso was the top pick of the team, but his contractual obligations with Ferrari until the end of the 2017 season prevented his move to another racing group. The issue led Mercedes to aggressively pursue… Continue Reading »

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Williams Willing to Let Valtteri Bottas Go to Mercedes

The drama intensifies in Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team after losing Nico Rosberg due to his retirement from sport, and the potential switch of Paddy Lowe to Williams. A hope for Mercedes retaining its Constructors Championship in 2017 would be to have a veteran driver partnered to Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas remains as a top candidate to fill the void in the group left by Rosberg. There is a problem with it though because the Finn is currently locked in his contract with Williams until the end of 2017. Based on a new report, Williams might be persuaded to let go of Bottas in certain conditions. In an interview of Claire Williams,… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes F1 Lays Down 2 Options in Valtteri Bottas Negotiations

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is set to start the 2017 season without its driver Nico Rosberg due to his retirement from the sport, and technical chief Paddy Lowe if his switch to Williams materializes. With the acquisition of Fernando Alonso as a replacement for Rosberg looking unlikely, Mercedes F1 has zeroed its sights on Williams driver Valtteri Bottas. However, the Finn is still under contract with Williams until the end of 2017 and the team is reluctant to let go of him. BBC Sport said the F1 World Constructors Champion, thru its head Toto Wolff, laid down two options in the negotiation table to sweeten the deal with Williams:… Continue Reading »

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