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Can Mercedes Compete After Rosberg?

Mercedes Racing management had only a couple day’s notice that their new championship driver Rosberg intended to retire now that he’s rode to the championship in Mercedes’ racing machine, which has left the German auto team scrambling for a new driver for the 2017 season.

It seems that Valtteri Bottas is the first choice of Mercedes, but they intend not to make an official announcement until January third so we’ll be on the edge of our seats until then.

Rosberg was a fantastic driver who took advantage of what Mercedes could put under the hood, but Mercedes is certain to find more competent drivers to fill out their team in the wake of Rosberg.

 

In recent days it’s become clear that Valtteri Bottas is Mercedes’ first choice to replace Nico Rosberg – and that Williams is open to negotiating the Finn’s release. Adam Cooper explores the implications of a potential deal.

Two weeks have passed since Nico Rosberg’s retirement decision sent shockwaves through F1, and left the Mercedes management scrambling to find a new teammate for Lewis Hamilton.

The team said on Thursday that there would be no announcement before January 3, so that has at least left observers of this extraordinary situation a chance to catch their collective breath. Continue Reading

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Ricciardo Has Sights Set on Hamilton

For many teams that are not Mercedes, frustration has set in as Hamilton clutches down on the lead for the title to the point that Daniel Ricciardo and his teammate Max Verstappen need to do some aggressive driving to ensure the Mercedes leader doesn’t place anywhere near the top of the board.

Too many this is a scandal and unsportsmanlike, Hamilton and the Mercedes team have raced their hearts out to get the lead they have, so is it really a fair race to target and take Hamilton out of the last few races so that someone else can steal the  win.

Of course not all the Glory lies with Hamilton as the Mercedes pit team are in prime shape, changing wheels out in 2 seconds and keeping that Mercedes engine in tip top shape from race to race.

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he and teammate Max Verstappen would effectively be ‘fixing’ the Formula 1 world championship if they did not attack Mercedes in the final races.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are locked in an exclusive fight for the world championship, and there has been a lot of interest about the potential influence either of the Red Bull duo could have in deciding the outcome of the title battle.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has even found himself at the centre of a controversy in Brazil over a phone call he made to Jos Verstappen regarding his son Max. Continue Reading

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Mercedes Capped F1 Regulations

While Mercedes is doing great performance wise in this years F1 scene, it’s a far cry from the dominance exhibited last year where Mercedes was bounds and leaps ahead of the competition.

Toto Wolff states that this is due to Mercedes hitting a performance cap as far as the regulations are concerned, allowing competition to catch up. Toto Wolff is also against the changes to regulations next year as he is worried it would further destroy the level playing field.

While the regulations remain the same, each team has the time to optimize their engines and catch up to the performance titan that is the Mercedes engine.

 

Mercedes has maxed out on performance under the current Formula 1 regulations, according to its motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

Mercedes won its third consecutive constructors’ championship in Japan while its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are again contesting a private battle for the drivers’ title.

However, Mercedes has not been as dominant this term compared to the first two seasons of the V6 hybrid era.

Its tally of 679 points after 19 races is 24 short of its total at the same point last year.

After 19 races in 2015, the team had a record 15 front row lockouts, compared to 12 after the same number of races this year, while in the races, it has scored six one-twos this term compared to 12. Continue Reading

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Can Mercedes Benz Keep Up?

Red Bull’s F1 Racing team feels confident to challenge Mercedes in the Malasyian race aftermath where Mercedes engine failure cost the German auto team to fall out from first place leaving Red Bull to take the lead.

Now Red Bull sees Mercedes setting new engine parameters to limit and reduce risk, and see that as a chance to beat Mercedes in Japan.

 

Malaysian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo believes Mercedes’ engine reliability concerns could further help Red Bull’s chances of challenging for another win in Japan.

Fresh from his success at Sepang last weekend, after Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead with a blown engine, Ricciardo senses the characteristics of Suzuka will better suit his car’s aerodynamic strengths.

And, in the wake of Mercedes admitting it will change its engine running parameters this weekend in a bid to guarantee reliability, Ricciardo thinks there is everything to play for. “It could bring us closer,” he said. “I think forgetting what happened last weekend, coming into this race we thought it would be one where we could have an advantage over Ferrari. And if it is wet we can get really close to Mercedes. Continue Reading

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Going Green on the Track

In it’s infancy stages, or first season, Formula E was a neck and neck race about driver skill as all the cars were identical, which made for amazing races. Now Formula E has allowed customization of the cars on the tracks which has quickly drawn the attention of many big names in the auto industry who want to both test their equipment and strut their stuff on the eco friendly racing track.

Mercedes is also set to join the fray next season, obviously looking to smash the competition with their outstanding engines.

 

We’re now two full seasons into the wild experiment of Formula E, a racing series that pits 20 F1-style electric racecars against each other on the streets of the biggest cities in the world. The racing has so far been excellent — the races are short, close, and competitive, and in both seasons the drivers’ championships were decided on the final day. Formula E has provided the kind of drama you hope for in any sport, but to find it in a series that’s brand-new is surprising.

An extra level of drama is coming in season three, kicking off this weekend in Hong Kong. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 Hybrid Getting Crazy Powerful

Mercedes F1 racing has been drawing many skeptical gazes as it transitions to use a hybrid engine. But does the auto giant have what it takes to prove the competition wrong?

As far as testing goes, it seems the Electrical aspect of the hybrid engines is capable of adding almost 200 bhp on top of the fossil fuel engine. Perhaps this F1 racer is a step ahead of its time, but it’s a step toward future efficiency and being ahead of the rest when it comes to fuel efficient engines.

 

But one area where they do not fall short is in the power stakes, with them pumping out much more horsepower than the V8 power units that they replaced.

They easily charged past the 900bhp figure, and there are now indications that the benchmark engine produced by Mercedes is giving out as much as 1000bhp during qualifying laps.

Of course, the figure will not be confirmed, with the technicians led by Andy Cowell at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains obviously keeping details about its state-of-the-art engine a secret.

However, sources with good knowledge of the situation suggest that the latest specification Mercedes engine that was introduced at the Belgian Grand Prix is producing 980bhp. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Letting F1 Racers Kind of Compete

It seems Mercedes is dead set on not putting all their eggs in one basket as they’ve made clear their neutral stance between their two drivers Hamilton and Rosberg despite Hamilton being two points ahead.

The Mercedes Teams could focus all their power behind the winning racer but it seems they’re dead set on having a second good racer in case any troubles arise.

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Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says that the team does not have any concerns about maintaining a level playing field for its drivers as the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg heads towards a climax.

Hamilton is just two points ahead of Rosberg after the German won the Italian Grand Prix, with seven races to go.

But Lowe insists that the team is now used to treating both men equally.

“We’re dealing with that all the time,” Lowe told Motorsport.com.

“One of our big, huge focuses in the team is to work as one, and keep everything absolutely as fair as possible with the drivers, and indeed for everybody to work together for the common interest, which is to get the quickest car on the day. Continue Reading

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A Spa Engine Upgrade Worth 5 F1 Tokens?

Mercedes has gone about with yet more tune ups and upgrades with their F1 racing team, pushing them all the way back on the start-up line. The trend of frequent replacements and upgrades are making all of their races uphill battles, and a lot of the blame is being shunted to under performances by the driver.

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The news comes on a weekend when the German car manufacturer has elected to hand Lewis Hamilton new components because he was running short.

He is currently facing a 30-place grid penalty for the race because he had new parts fitted for both practice sessions that took him over the allocation of five that he is allowed for the season.

With him already pegged to the back of the grid, it is possible that Mercedes may choose to add further new parts to his allocations in final free practice on Saturday.

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Mercedes has not specified in what areas its power unit has been improved, but both Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg have been given the new developments. Continue Reading

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The team sponsored by red bull last year failed to collect any grand prix metals leading Renault and Red Bull to almost split, however they have renewed their contract this season and are claiming confidence that they can catch up with Mercedes. With the way business has been favoring Mercedes this year, another bad performance by Renault could lead to their contract being terminated for good. For upgrading your Mercedes with the best engines in racing, click here.

 

Adrian Newey is convinced that Renault can “really start to close in” on Mercedes if they continue to improve at the current rate.

Although Red Bull tried to part ways with Renault last season as they failed to win a single grand prix, the four-time World Champions eventually re-signed in a deal that sees them running TAG Heuer rebranded Renault engines.

And that decision has begun to pay dividends.

Red Bull is the only team aside from Mercedes to have won a grand prix this season with Max Verstappen triumphant in Spain while the team has an additional four podiums to their tally.

“I think it’s fairly well recorded that at the start of last season there was a frustrating time when Renault if anything, frankly, were going backwards rather than forwards,” Red Bull design guru Newey told ESPN. Continue reading

Due to a catastrophic start to the racing season, the Mercedes F1 team has to make tough decisions in regard to engine parts replacements for their upcoming races. Now any engine replacements will come with tough penalties. According to Toto Wolff the Mercedes Boss, the decision on if and when to do an engine change relies on the performance of Hamilton at the Hungarian and German Grand Prix.

Should Hamilton have tough races at these Grand Prix, it’s likely a full engine replacement will be made at Spa-Francorchamps where long straights offer the opportunity for Hamilton to overtake the competition.

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Mercedes says the next two races will be key to deciding whether or not it will choose to take one or more deliberate engine penalties for Lewis Hamilton this season.

The reigning world champion had taken the greater share of Mercedes’ reliability dramas this season, with a spate of failures earlier on in the campaign.

In particular, a run of back-to-back MGU-H breakdowns at the Chinese and Russian Grands Prix means he has already used his full allocation of that power unit component up until now.

He has also used all five turbos so far too.

Hamilton is well aware that his world championship hopes are made more difficult by the prospect of penalties, which could leave him with grid penalties and an uphill battle against Nico Rosberg. Continue Reading

Nico-RosbergIf the rumors are true, there’s a big chance that star Formula 1 racer Nico Rosberg will be leaving the Mercedes racing team in 2017 to get behind the wheel with Ferrari. The word seems pretty reliable, though, considering that the place promulgating this potentially very upsetting news is the newspaper Corriere della Sera out of Italy (where, if you didn’t know, F1 racing is insanely popular).

After the crash that happened in the first lap of the 2016 F1 Spanish Grand Prix, these rumors only feel that much more likely to prove to be a hard reality. Furthermore, it was Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton who claims full responsibility for the unbearably early crash.

And just as athletes in other sports are highly enigmatic whenever discussions of upcoming trades or moves are concerned, when Nico Rosberg was asked whether or not he was going to leave Mercedes, all he said was that he “feel[s] very good at Mercedes, but let’s see what the future holds.”

Things could quickly start to get really sticky for Rosberg should be really be thinking about departing, though. According to Daimer chairman Dieter Zetsche, Rosberg is “under contract for the forthcoming season.” Daimler, of course, being the company that now owns Mercedes-Benz. But, it might not really be all that cut and dry as the Mercedes team’s leader Toto Wolff hinted that there is some negotiating that needs to get done first.

If all this news of Rosberg leaving makes you want to give up following F1 racing, don’t leave too quickly as there is some hope on the horizon. Should Nico Rosberg really give up on Mercedes, another corresponding rumor indicates that he’d be replaced by Fernando Alonso. When speaking with Spain’s El Mundo, Wolff mentioned that Alonso had previously sought a contract with Mercedes at the beginning of the season but Wolff was under obligation at the time to not talk with other drivers due to Lewis Hamilton’s contract renewal. Wolff said that Alonso “is one of the best drivers in history and I like his character,” but still quickly noted that, “Our priority now is Nico.”

As is usually the case in situations like these, fans are in all sorts of an uproar with no real consensus about how they want this all to play out. In any case, seeing as these are all rumors at the moment, we will just have to wait it out to see what is really going on.

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