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Red Bull Exiting From Renault Engine Deal in 2016 in Favor of Mercedes

From consistently complaining about the continuous dominance of Mercedes-AMG Petronas in Formula One, Infinity Red Bull Racing might split up after the 2015 season. Early last month, it was revealed that Red Bull was considering a switch to the winning engine, that is going for Mercedes-AMG power units for its race cars. New reports from sporting websites say it is definitely happening. Mercedes remained officially mum on the matter though when the rumors leaked out, except for some hints from the personal interviews of the team boss Toto Wolff and its non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. Red Bull declined commenting on the subject too. Lauda immediately downplayed the possibility of the… Continue Reading »


Update: Niki Lauda Dismisses Reports About Red Bull and Mercedes Engine Tie-Up

A story broke earlier about Aston Martin negotiating a comeback in Formula One through a partnership with Red Bull. A report from Autosport claimed that one of the subjects that came up in the discussion was an engine tie-up between Red Bull and Mercedes. It was certainly a shocking topic because Aston Martin hasn’t been in the sport for more than five decades already. Add the fact that Red Bull has been the bitterest rival and strongest critic of Mercedes-AMG Petronas since the three-pointed star marque started dominating F1. Aston Martin and Red Bull are yet to comment on the matter, but according to the Motorsport website, Niki Lauda already gave his… Continue Reading »


Alonso and Bottas Considered by Mercedes-AMG Petronas as Fall Backs

A report suggested that Fernando Alonso and Valtterri Bottas have been singled out by Mercedes-AMG Petronas as possible fall backs if the negotiation between the Formula One racing team and Lewis Hamilton fails to materialize. According to, the discussion about the contract renewal of Hamilton has been put on hold temporarily in the 2014 season. The team reasoned out that they did not want to get the issue in the way while their drivers battled for the World Championship in the year that just ended. It should be noted that Hamilton reigned as the World Champion in 2014 after raking a total of 384 points in the season, and Nico Rosberg… Continue Reading »


Mercedes Has No Plans for Changes in F1 Lineup Next Year

Niki Lauda, the non-executive chairman of Mercedes AMG Petronas, confirmed through an interview with Sky Sports that the team has opened talks for a multi-year extension with Lewis Hamilton’s contract. The Formula One legend revealed the deal would guarantee the Briton’s spot in the team for two or three more years after 2015. Then, the Austrian said he is positive the agreement will come to a fruition. When asked whether Mercedes has also opened its door to Fernando Alonso, Lauda was quick to deny the issue. He categorically ruled out the possibilities of the Spaniard joining the team. The speculations about Alonso going to Mercedes began when the originally planned… Continue Reading »


Hamilton Claims the Clash with Rosberg was Deliberate

Lewis Hamilton was reported “gobsmacked” after a post-race meeting with the people at Mercedes AMG Petronas. That’s because he allegedly learned that his clash with Nico Rosberg was premeditated. Quoting Hamilton’s interview with Sky Sports, BBC and other reporters in the aftermath of the recent Formula One race, he said, “We just had a meeting about it and he (Rosberg) basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose. He said he could have avoided it.” The Briton added, “He basically said ‘I did it to prove a point’.” Hamilton stated the incident was the reason why Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe were not happy… Continue Reading »


Niki Lauda Denies Luring Sebastian Vettel To Mercedes-Benz Team

Recently, we featured a report based on the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Niki Lauda confirmed that he is trying to get Sebastian Vettel to move to the Mercedes-Benz team. However, another report by a U.K.-based source called The Independent said that he denied any involvement in any move that aims to make Vettel jump to his team. “We’re not trying to get him as he has signed a contract with Red Bull until forever,” said the non-executive chairman of the team according to the U.K. source. The Independent further added that Lauda told them that his team already has two of the best drivers in the circuit (Lewis Hamilton… Continue Reading »


[F1] Lauda Downplays Vettel Pursuit

We reported that Niki Lauda kind of confirmed courting defending 3-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, but apparently, there was really no need for Mercedes AMG Petronas fans to get excited. Aside from the stronger Ferrari rumors, Lauda is now downplaying the pursuit, saying that the Red Bull superstar is still signed to a contract and that Mercedes is happy with the combination of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. “We’re not trying to get him, as he has signed a contract with Red Bull until forever,” said Lauda to Osterreich, a newspaper in Austria. Then there’s also the confirmation that former F1 driver Robert Kubica had a stint in the Mercedes F1… Continue Reading »


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