Lewis Hamilton had to set the fastest lap at the Bahrain International Circuit in order to leapfrog Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for pole position at the start of the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, as the two Silver Arrows were only 0.077 seconds apart. That makes it two front-row starts in two tries for Mercedes this season, but main rival Ferrari is not far behind. Rosberg’s time was 1:29.570, with Sebastian Vettel not too far behind at 1:30.012 and Kimi Raikkonen at 1:30.244 to qualify in P3 and P4, respectively. Hamilton’s time was 1:29.493. According to the defending champ, Rosberg was really having a better weekend altogether and that he just… Continue Reading »
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The 2016 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix marks the second race of the season. Fresh from victory in the Australian GP is Mercedes AMG Petronas Team with Nico Rosberg leading the race followed by his teammate and reigning F1 Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton. As a recap, the Bahrain GP last year saw Hamilton emerging triumphant with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the second place. Rosberg fell in the third place that time due to a brake failure in his car. Will Mercedes F1 repeat or even do better on the same track this year considering the gains of Ferrari and other teams? How are the major players in the group holding… Continue Reading »
Despite Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team locking the first and second places in the Australian Grand Prix, a huge improvement was seen in its rivals. Niki Lauda, the non-executive chairman of the group, warned during his interview with Sky Sports that the tight duel in Melbourne might be repeated in the following races. In the first race of the season, Nico Rosberg emerged triumphant while Lewis Hamilton trailed behind. Third was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and fourth was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel notably led almost half the race. That was until Mercedes F1 caught up and won the race in the end, thanks to a mistaken tire call on the part of… Continue Reading »
Looks like 2016 is indeed more exciting for Formula One. Nico Rosberg won a thrilling season-opener for Mercedes, with teammate Lewis Hamilton taking second after overcoming a bad start from pole position. “It’s early days but a perfect start,” said Rosberg, who now has won four races in a row dating back to last season. “We need to keep our eyes on the red guys and keep working.” Hamilton had to work his way back up from P7, after being practically untouchable during the practices and in qualifying. He slipped at the start when Rosberg and Vettel passed him, then Rosberg edged him out and cost him a few more places… Continue Reading »
In a move that is expected to help the team, Mercedes has swapped around several members of its drivers’ crew personnel. There are several differences between the Silver Arrow cars this season. The decision was made by the team to swap number one mechanics for 2016. New personnel turnover also paved the way for other swaps. There are no changes to the engineering personnel, however. Nico Rosberg praised the moves, saying that it can only help both drivers. “It’s good for the wider strength of the team to move people around and not have them become focused on a single car or driver,” said the German, who has come in second… Continue Reading »
This year is another battle for the Formula One Drivers and Constructors Championships. On March 20, the first race of the season starts at the 2016 F1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. With Ferrari, Williams, and McLaren showing huge improvements compared to last season, we are certainly looking at a whole new level of competition this year. Mercedes AMG Petronas is well aware of the threats coming to them, Nico Rosberg even admitted that their gap, especially with Ferrari, is narrowing. Recently, Daimler featured the sentiments of the key figures of the team as the first race of the season comes near. Lewis Hamilton The current Drivers’ Champion said his car… Continue Reading »
If you’ve been bored to death by the dominance of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in the past couple of years, don’t worry. The Mercedes drivers recognize it, too, and in line with that, they think that the new rule tweaks in the sport set to go live this year should make races more exciting for those in the stands and watching at home.