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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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F1: Hamilton Completes 145 Laps in Jerez Testing Finale

The final day of testing in Jerez, Spain saw Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton log 145 laps around the track, as the newly acquired driver continues to familiarize himself with the F1 W04. With a very productive fourth day, the Mercedes team gets a better feel for the car and what to improve upon, considering the rough first two days in the first F1 winter test for this season. In his first outing, Hamilton managed to run a mere 15 laps. “Today we managed the kind of mileage that the car is capable of and I think we have a good platform to start working from,” said Hamilton,… Continue Reading »

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