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Hamilton Won in Shanghai GP, Draws Level with Vettel

Shanghai, China – Lewis Hamilton won his ‘third grand slam’ during the 2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.  Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished on second place while Max Verstappen fought his way up to third place from 16th on the grid.

Hamilton’s win on Sunday serves as his fifth from 11 attempts. Similarly, Mercedes now won five out of six races for the year, including their four consecutive wins. In the Formula 1 racing history, Hamilton ranks the second driver to win five races on at least three circuits. Michael Schumacher rank remains unbreakable.

Other Grand Slams

The Mercedes driver secured his 54th win in the F1 race when he led the race from start to finish. He began his momentuJm during the 32nd lap and from then on, led every lap. In the Chinese GP, Hamilton was able to reach Nelson Piquet for eight in the all-time record. The other driver who holds the same title for the Grand Slam is Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari with four.  The late Jim Clark holds the title for eight.

Not an easy track

Hamilton’s triumph on Sunday is no easy track, the rain made it even more challenging for the driver.


The race began on a wet but a fast drying track, each team starts on intermediate tires except for Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso.  The plan backfired on Sainz as he went spinning off on Lap 1 and then came brushing the wall as he made his way back into the race.

Few bumps on the road

During the race, Force India’s Sergio Perez collided with William’s Lance Stroll, leaving the Canadian rookie driver stuck in the gravel. This prompted Vettel to pitted for a dry rubber on the second lap. Both Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas along with Verstappen, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen leads the race. Also, during the race, Antonio Giovinazzi crashed in the final corner.

At first, Verstappen seems the main challenge for Hamilton. He and Ricciardo changed into supersoft Pirellis. All other drivers also went for softs in a chance of going all the way throughout the race. However, the Dutchman drew back; Vettel overtook Raikkonen, his teammate during Lap 20.

Half-way on the race, both Hamilton and Vettel battle it out in a neck breaking lead, one after the other. Unlike the previous race, Vettel pitted to change into soft tires before Hamilton.

Sainz earned track as he made up for the accident during the first lap. He made it to 7th place, earning Toro Rosso rank with ‘best of the rest.’ Haas’s Kevin Magnussen finished 8th defeating Force India’s Perez and Esteban Ocon.

Romain Grosjean manages to scrape through for the 11th place. Similarly, Renault’s  Nico Hulkenberg had a tensed race after official gave him a 5s penalty for overtaking a virtual safety car and another 10s penalty for doing it again on the real one.  Jolyon Palmer, his team mate finished two seconds just right behind his tail.

China proved unlucky for Williams as well. Their team lost for 10th place, and then tied Felipe Massa in the seventh until finishing to 14th.

The F1 race will now move to Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix next week.



Mercedes Expenditure Leads the Race in Formula One

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Formula One remains as the biggest, grandest and most pricey sports in the world. Teams participating in F1 spend at least $540 million chasing the grand Prix championship title.

Racing to get the fourth win

Over the past three years, Mercedes AMG expenditure leads the prestigious race. They will spend around $750 million to win a fourth straight title this year. F1 will official start on Sunday in the Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park in Melbourne.


On Friday night, Toto Wolf, the boss of the Mercedes team announced the expenditure at the induction ceremony of the Australian Motor Sports Hall of Fame held at the Melbourne Convention.


Other leading teams like Ferrari and Red Bull are just in the tail of Mercedes when it comes to expenses. The budget for Scuderia Ferrari reaches around $430 million while Red Bull Racing spends $320 million.


With these teams cashing in for the title, the $100 million campaign within the year looks relatively cheap. Even with a measly chance of winning, F1’s poorest teams budget reaches an estimated $50 million budget.


Mercedes success formula

Mercedes showcase two of the world’s best drivers and with a deep pocket for money, it produces their formula to success. All the money spent well with three straight driver’s and team’s championship in the past three years.


In the past three years, Mercedes won 51 out 59 F1 races. The team seems to set another win for this year. However, Ferrari and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo posed as a strict competition for Mercedes.


Bout of Drivers

In 2014 and 2015, Lewis Hamilton of Britain defeated Nico Rosberg, his fellow Silver Arrows teammate. Yet Rosberg turned the completion when he won the competition last year.


The two won 19 out of 21 races together and shared 20 positions. Their collaboration makes the Mercedes AMG W07 Hybrid racer as the most successful car in the history of F1 racing.


The Italian team Ferrari remains the only rival of Mercedes resources. Mercedes AMG High-Performance Powertrains hire about 15,000 people, a third more than Ferrari’s employees.


Wolf admitted during the Australian Motor Sports Hall Of Fame speech that the competition is one massive operation.  Mercedes operation needs $500 to $700 million to fuel two cars of Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ this year.


Billions worth of exposure

Despite the high cost of the competition, Wolf said that it was nothing compare to the exposure it provides for the brands.  He revealed that Mercedes AMG’s F1 generates $3.2 billion worth of advertisement for the AMG and Mercedes-Benz.

Moreover, the team also gets an estimated $150 million in sponsorship in return. Last year, Mercedes made $240 million worth of F1 prize money. In 2015, Mercedes spends a running cost of $368.2 million and its revenue reach up to $316 million.


Wolf also mentioned that in the past three years, the success of Mercedes AMG rests in its team. With the skills of its key players and team effort created the formula for the success of the Mercedes AMG.


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Lewis Hamilton Claims Mercedes Can Overthrow Ferrari in F1 Championship


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Lewis Hamilton claimed “We’ve got a race on our hands”, referring to Mercedes chance of winning the F1 race this year. Hamilton admitted he was impressed by Ferrari’s race pace in the season opening in the Australian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas said that Mercedes must work “really hard” to lead the race.

Ferrari beat Mercedes in the Australian GP as the result of the race pace and pit strategy. It allowed the German team to lead the race early against Hamilton.

The Mercedes team was this year’s favorite to win the prestigious Formula One racing event.  In the past three competition, Mercedes owned the title. For this year, it seems that Ferrari is a strong contender for the title.

“We’ve got a race on our hands”

Unfazed, Hamilton said, “We’ve got a race on our hands.” He claims that he only say it as he sees it. In an interview with Sky Sports F1, Hamilton said: “I don’t lie and I’m not very good at bluffing.”

The Mercedes driver then added, “I didn’t know how quick they would be in the race but their pace from testing was true and their first stint on the ultrasofts was fantastic. My real strength wasn’t until right at the end by which time it was far too late.”

To ward off an aggressive ‘undercut’ approach from Ferrari, Mercedes pitted Hamilton. However, the Briton came out just behind Max Verstappen. Hamilton having a hard time overtaking Red Bull, it permits Vettel to stay out and cover enough space to pit and rejoin the race.

Hamilton said, “I only stopped a lap earlier than my target but I couldn’t go any further.”

When Hamilton rejoined the group to take on Vettel when Verstappen pitted, he struggled with his tires and Bottas was closing on him. Bottas finished the race just two about two seconds to get the last place of the podium his Mercedes race. In terms of performance, Bottas’s race pace expectation is “a little bit better.”

Bottas said, “It’s a decent start and a good haul of points for the team.”  He claimed that “The main question mark is the first stint as I didn’t have the pace I should have had. The car was sliding around a lot with the ultrasofts but at the end, it was feeling consistent and I could really push the car.”

“I was trying to get close but once you get within a couple of seconds you lose grip, more than in previous years,” Bottas added.

Bottas believed that Mercedes remains unfazed in Ferrari’s remarkable race pace. The Finnish driver shows confidence on his team that they can get the advantage the need in China. He said, “It’s going to be a big challenge and we have to work really hard if we want to beat Ferrari.They were quicker today so we need to improve plenty of things.

“I’m glad there are 19 races to go and we are definitely not standing still. That’s why I’m happy. The third is not the best result but there is much more to come.” Bottas said as he closes his statement.

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