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Contract of Nico Rosberg Almost Finalized

The contract of Nico Rosberg is set to expire this year. Reports suggest that a new contract for the current leader in the Formula One Driver Standings is almost secured. According to an article published in Autoweek, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team non-executive chairman Niki Lauda revealed that the deal with Rosberg is almost finalized. However, the Mercedes driver played down the reports when asked about it. Rosberg pointed out to the press that nothing has changed and there is no time pressure about the matter. He also expressed his desire to stay with the team for more years to come. There are claims made by several sources lately that Ferrari has… Continue Reading »

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Is Niki Lauda Leaving the Mercedes F1 Team?

It seems the friction within the Mercedes F1 Team is not only confined between its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. According to several news sources, there is also a tension between the group’s chief Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. Daily Mail‘s Jonathan McEvoy said, “So annoyed was Wolff that Lauda was being interviewed by journalists that he refused to conduct his own customary press conference. The team’s media manager told journalists that Wolff was their sole spokesman and that they should not speak to Lauda. This is ironic, if nothing else, because Lauda works for the German channel RTL during race weekends, offering his views on sundry… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Puzzled Over Lack of TV Time During Japanese GP

Mercedes-AMG Petronas motorsport chief Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda recently commented about the lack of television time for their team in the duration of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. The race in Suzuka resulted to the reestablishment of Mercedes as the top dog in the sport after a disappointing event in Singapore GP. Its drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both performed well in the circuit from qualifying to the actual race. Rosberg landed the pole position while Hamilton came next to him in the qualifying. Then their positions were reversed during the race on Sunday as the Briton ended winning the race and the German finished second…. Continue Reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 Autosport.com, 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 »

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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 »

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