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F1: Paddy Lowe to Move to Mercedes in 2014

According to sources, McLaren F1 technical director Paddy Lowe will not be joining the team at the 2013 season opener on March 17 at the Australian Grand Prix. What’s more, he is set to join the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team once his contract with McLaren expires at the end of the year. This casts more doubt on the future of current Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, who had stated that Lowe won’t be on the team while Brawn remains at the helm. Then again, it’s not a given that Lowe’s move is going to make Brawn leave. New motorsport director Toto Wolff could be working some magic behind the… Continue Reading »

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Kubica Test-Drives DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupé

It’s been a while for former F1 driver Robert Kubica, but his latest step brings him closer to a motorsport comeback. A couple of days back, Kubica — who was severely injured in February 2011 at the Ronde di Andora rally — tested a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. His run at the Circuit Ricardo Torno in Valencia, Spain is his first proper test-condition outing on a race track since being a part of Renault in Formula One back in early 2011. “I’m really pleased that Mercedes-Benz is giving me the opportunity to test their DTM car and I’m looking forward to getting acclimatised to a race car again,” said Kubica prior to the… Continue Reading »

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‘Smart Buggy’ Bid for 2013 Dakar Rally Fails

It’s never a good thing when a dream fizzles out, and it can hurt much more considering we’re about to say goodbye to 2012 as well. That’s just what Jose Luis Alvarez has to deal with as he bids his 2013 Dakar Rally bid goodbye. Alvarez and his team was set to take a couple of smart ForTwos to the rally. These are definitely heavily modified to perform on a rally competition and to comply with FIA rules for said event, and many would argue that perhaps the vehicles are merely rally cars with a smart shell, but it’s still a smart, anyway. Right now, though, all that is moot…. Continue Reading »

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Daniel Juncadella Claims Formula 3 Euro Series Title

Before hosting the penultimate race of the 2012 DTM season, Hockenheim was also the venue for the conclusion of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series. Daniel Juncadella, driving for Prema Powerteam in a Dallara – Mercedes, took home the series championship after finishing fourth in the race, which was won by Felix Rosenqvist of Mucke Motorsport. The 21-year-old Spaniard banked on consistently strong performances throughout the 2012 F3 Euro Series that included 5 race wins, 5 pole positions, and an impressive 10 podium finishes out of 24 total races. “Winning the Formula 3 Euro Series is like a dream come true,” said Juncadella. “But I am also aware that it’s… Continue Reading »

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DTM 2012: Paffett Retires at Valencia, Keeps Lead Heading into Last Race

Despite having to retire at the 28th lap of the race, Gary Paffett was able to retain his lead over the drivers’ standings of the 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season. The Mercedes-Benz driver’s 127 points off 2 victories and 7 podium finishes are still 3 points ahead of second-placer Bruno Spengler of BMW and 18 ahead of third-place and fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green. Spengler placed sixth at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo over the weekend, while Green finished tenth. The race winner was BMW’s Augusto Farfus, followed by Adrien Tambay of Audi and Mattias Ekstrom of BMW at second and third, respectively. The last race of the 2012 DTM season—scheduled… Continue Reading »

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DTM 2012: Green Places Fourth at Nurburgring

Jamie Green was the best Mercedes-Benz team finisher on what was a bit of a lacklustre outing from the other drivers at the Nurburgring leg of the 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season. Green finished fourth, and drivers’ championship leader Gary Paffett placed just sixth, although he still holds a comfortable lead over BMW’s Bruno Spengler, who won this race. Paffett has 103 points to Spengler’s 83, while Green is at third with 81. Mercedes’s HWA Team is still on top of the team standings with 127 points, while the automaker paces its two competitors with 237 points in the manufacturers’ standings. “That was a tough race in high temperatures and… Continue Reading »

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DTM 2012: Nurburgring Preview

It’s been a while since the sort-of All-Star break of the 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season, but we’re primed for the resumption of DTM action this weekend. Mercedes-Benz will be looking to strengthen their hold on the top slot in the manufacturers’ standings, and we’ll be counting on the usual guys like Gary Paffett and Jamie Green to produce solid results to maintain their places atop the drivers’ standings. “The first half of the season was nearly perfect from my perspective: two wins, two podiums and a P4 finish after starting from last on the grid,” said Paffett, who accomplished a rare feat of getting the trifecta of pole position,… Continue Reading »

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