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Mercedes AMG Petronas Gears Up for 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Formula 1 action resumes next weekend as the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix takes center stage, and you can count on the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team to bring their A game to the Shanghai Intenrational Circuit following a solid first two races in the season. “I enjoy the Shanghai track a great deal and I have a positive feeling going there with the car that we have at the moment,” said Nico Rosberg, who has led 46% (78 out of 168) of the total laps in the circuit over the past three years and took the win last year. “We’ve had a strong start to the season and I’m confident… Continue Reading »

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F1: Mercedes Gears Up for Malaysian GP

With a fairly good performance in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last weekend, those at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team has to feel good  about themselves. Of course, it was a mixed bag with Lewis Hamilton taking fifth despite a lack of pace and Nico Rosberg being forced to retire midway through because of electrical problems. Still, the team is keen on building on its successes as it prepares for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The race at the Sepang International Circuit is the Mercedes team’s home race, which adds a bit of pressure for the team to really show what it can accomplish. For starters, the race will… Continue Reading »

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F1: Australian GP Qualifying Postponed Due to Rain; Rosberg Paces Q1

The 2013 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is off to a rainy start, with Q2 and Q3 postponed for the morning of Sunday because of heavy rain in Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit. The race is still scheduled to start at 5 pm Australian time on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton was actually pacing the field sometime during Q1, but the Mercedes AMG Petronas newcomer had to settle for P10 and a shot at a better grid position for Q2. Teammate Nico Rosberg quickly leapfrogged Hamilton before the Brit spun off the wet track and damaged the rear wing of his F1 W04. Good thing he was still able to come back to the… Continue Reading »

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F1: Rain Strikes During Free Practice in Melbourne

There’s less than half an hour to go before the first qualifying session in the 2013 Formula One season. With the third practice earlier hit by some rain, there’s still practically no easy way to predict just who will come out on top at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team struggled as they came out onto the rained-upon circuit, with Nico Rosberg clocking 1:28.486, good for eleventh-best in Practice 3, and Lewis Hamilton farther down at 1:47.246. The previous two practice sessions saw the Mercedes team combining for 89 laps, focusing on some of their more basic setups as well as getting a feel for… Continue Reading »

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F1: Damon Hill Believes Lewis Hamilton Can Lead Mercedes

Damon Hill, the British former F1 world champion, thinks that compatriot Lewis Hamilton can turn the fortunes of Mercedes AMG Petronas around. In an interview with SunSport, Hill said that, with the addition of Hamilton, himself a former world champion, is instrumental in how Mercedes is showing its true potential. Hill added that the Silver Arrows team has been performing well leading up to the season opener at Australia, reinforcing the thinking that Mercedes decided to concentrate on this season when all appeared lost last year. The arrival of Hamilton could not have been timed more perfectly, and based on the mileage and lap times shown by the team, they… Continue Reading »

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F1: Hamilton Runs 113 Laps, Gets Second-Fastest Time in Barcelona Day 1

In the afternoon of day 1 of a new round of preseason Formula 1 testing in Barcelona, Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team managed 1:24:348, which might not be all that close to the top time set by Mark Webber (1:22.693) but was still good enough for second best during the day. That was just part of the day-leading 113 laps Hamilton completed on the F1 W04. Over the entire outing, Hamilton totaled 526 kilometers. The team focused on evaluating their tires for wet conditions during the morning, with further emphasis on getting a feel for the intermediate tires. For the afternoon runs, it was more of… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg Completes 108 Laps in Day 3 of Barcelona Testing

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is really making the most of its preseason testing runs so far. On the third day of tests at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg completed yet another 100-plus lap run for the day. Rosberg ran for 108 laps, tied for second-most for the day with Mark Webber. In addition, Rosberg had good pace, and his best lap of 1:22.611 was good for fourth overall compared with the other drivers’ times. Adjustments with the setup as well as gathering all sorts of data was the team’s focus during the morning runs. As for the afternoon itinerary, it was all about getting longer… Continue Reading »

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