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[F1] 2013 British Grand Prix Preview

For the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, it’s time to put TireGate (or TyreGate) in the rear-view mirror and focus on the upcoming races. However, the battle is still pretty much an uphill one, despite the fact that the team has improved dramatically in previous races. This weekend, it’s on to Silverstone for the 2013 British Grand Prix. A good 52 laps around Silverstone circuit should offer a lot of entertainment for fans, especially as competition heats up. You have Mercedes going out hard to prove that their win two races ago was no fluke. They did have Lewis Hamilton finish in the podium at Canada, but a better result… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Despite Rivals’ Comments, Hamilton Says Test Ban Hurts

With the FIA International Tribunal dropping the hammer and banning the Mercedes F1 team from the 3-day young driver test in Silverstone, rival teams have questioned and mocked the fairly lenient decision. Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton, however, believes otherwise. The Mercedes newcomer agreed with the sentiment of team principal Ross Brawn that being banned from the test is definitely going to hurt. Hamilton cited the various upgrades and other plans that the team had been looking forward to trying out during that testing period. “That test is quite an important test for the year,” said Hamilton. “It’s the only test, really.” Red Bull’s Christian Horner spoke out on… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Rosberg Wins 2013 Monaco Grand Prix!

Finally, the Mercedes F1 team was able to win a race in the 2013 Formula One season. Nico Rosberg claimed the win at the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position, giving Mercedes AMG Petronas its first win of the season. Incidentally, it’s been 30 years since his father was also able to win in Monte Carlo. Rosberg crossed the chequered flag 3.8 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg dominated the free practices, took pole position in convincing fashion, and went all the way to win the race proper. Keke Rosberg, Nico’s father, won the 1983 Monaco GP. Teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started from P2, managed to finish in fourth place. He… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Mercedes Prepares for Spanish Grand Prix

There’s been a short break, but Formula One action resumes next weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya for the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes AMG Petronas is keen on improving the results it has posted so far after four races. Tyre management remains an issue, as is a lack of pace during the races. Lewis Hamilton sees Spain as a great opportunity “to get into the routine of the European season.” He added that being familiar with the track because of all the work during the preseason should help the team and allow the Spanish GP to be “a good benchmark” of Mercedes’ progress. “We know that the car went… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Wolff: Brawn ‘is Team Principal and I Don’t Want to Change That’

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team principal Ross Brawn was vocally backed by superstar driver Lewis Hamilton in last week’s Bahrain GP, and now it’s team executive director Toto Wolff’s turn. In an interview with the official F1 site, Wolff said that Brawn is still the team principal of the team. The statement came at the heels of a question asking about the arrival of McLaren’s Paddy Lowe to the Mercedes team next year. “One doesn’t obviate the other,” said Wolff. “Ross is team principal and I don’t want to change that.” He added that it is important for the team to focus on stability, referring to the ‘mountain of work’… Continue Reading »

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[F1] Rosberg Takes Pole Position in Bahrain GP

After some considerable setbacks to start the 2013 Formula One season, Nico Rosberg looks ready to get back on track. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver took pole in the qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, securing only the second pole of his career and marking the first time in four races that he managed to post a better result than teammate Lewis Hamilton, who actually qualified at P4 but had to take a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Rosberg will be joined in the front row by defending champion Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso right behind him joined by teammate Felipe Massa. Massa moved up because… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes F1 Team Gears Up for Bahrain GP

Being one of the most demanding races on the Formula One calendar, the Bahrain Grand Prix is seen as a big test for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. With four different 300-plus kph sections, eight braking locations, and 11 of the 15 corners being taken at 200 kph or less and in fourth gear or lower, it truly is a challenge–one that Mercedes must hurdle to prove it is capable of true contention. Lewis Hamilton is in the thick of things as far as the drivers’ standings go, right now at fourth place but very much within striking distance. “The Bahrain circuit is a real challenge, particularly for the… Continue Reading »

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