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Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Was Ferrari's win a gift from Mercedes?

The first Grand Prix to new regulations and with wider, more robust tyres brought about a complete change of approach in race strategy. With stronger tyres Melbourne is a one-stop race and that was the case for most runners this season. But strategy is still critical to race outcomes; at the front the race victory was decided by a strategy call from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who wanted to make an early stop and as he came out behind two cars and not into a […]

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017


Lewis Hamilton claimed his 105th Formula One podium finish on Sunday after seeing the chequered flag in P2 at the Albert Park Circuit. The Brit, who led the race from pole position, complains about running out of grip during the first stint of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton missed out on victory to Sebastian Vettel and sits now P2 in the Drivers' Championship, seven points shy of Vettel (25), with Valtteri Bottas (15) a further three points behind in P3. "A big congratulations to Sebastian and Ferrari. I […]

Posted on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mercedes wrap up pre-season testing

  Mercedes ended pre-season on a positive note, as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took the W08’s eight day test haul to a massive 1,096 total laps (5,102km) – equivalent to over 16 race distances at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Bottas drove the W08 in the morning, continuing the team’s preparations for the season opener in Australia with 53 laps on his final run before the first race of the 2017 Formula One season proper. The Finn signed off on Friday with a total 628 […]

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017

Lauda and Wolff extends Mercedes deal

Mercedes-AMG Petronas officially confirmed that Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda have signed new contracts, which will keep them with the World Champion team until the end of 2020. This date aligns with the expiration of the current Commercial Agreement with Formula One Management. Niki Lauda began working with Mercedes in late 2012. Since 2013, he has held the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and holds a 10% stake in the Team. “The last few years have been some of the […]

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Bottas joins Mercedes for 2017

Mercedes officially confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and fill the vacant seat left by Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the sport at the end of last season. The Finn becomes the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows, a move that was possible only after Williams agreed to release him from his contract. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport confirms its Executive Director Paddy Lowe will be leaving the team after three and a half successful years. He has now begun a period of garden leave. The company’s Board wishes Paddy well with his future endeavours and thanks him for his significant contribution to the team’s achievements. In the short term, Mercedes’ technical organisation will continue to operate under the proven and established leadership of its senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The title path and how Ferrari beat Red Bull with a slower car

The season finale was packed with drama and tension, especially at the end as Lewis Hamilton tried everything to change his situation and win the world championship. His personal strategy was clear, meanwhile team race strategy decisions had a huge bearing on what happened behind him, with Red Bull trying to win the race using a different strategy gambit, but getting caught out by some excellent work by Ferrari. The Scuderia beat Red Bull despite having a slower car, thanks to strategy. Here’s the inside […]

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hamilton wins accident-ridden Interlagos thriller

Lewis Hamilton finally broke his duck at Interlagos with a lights-to-flag victory in a heavily disrupted Brazilian Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg took second place to remain the hot favourite for the world championship. The race started behind the safety car, following a ten-minute delay amidst the torrential rain, after Romain Grosjean lost control of his Haas and crashed on his reconnaissance lap. Hamilton maintained his lead when the race finally got under way, but it was Max Verstappen on the charge as he got […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Was Red Bull aggressive enough in Mexico?

Mexico was a strange race for many reasons and doing well was all about taking care not to fall into the trap of believing your own assumptions. Year two in a new venue, there were some assumptions from last year that needed to be debunked. There were 21 overtakes last year. But the reality was that most of those overtakes happened because teams had underestimated the braking requirements at altitude and this year were more prepared, so overtaking was really difficult. And that meant no […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hamilton keeps title hopes alive with Mexico win

Lewis Hamilton moved level with Alain Prost on the all-time winners' list with a dominant victory at the Mexican Grand Prix after a turn-one scare, but championship leader Nico Rosberg limited the damage by taking second. Hamilton locked-up into the first corner and ran across the grass, but retained his lead, while Rosberg too held station despite being forced off the track by Max Verstappen. Hamilton was unchallenged thereafter, crossing the line more than eight seconds clear of his team-mate, but the German's 19-point championship […]

Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hamilton on pole as Rosberg pips Red Bulls

Lewis Hamilton eased to his tenth pole position of 2016 season in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, but team-mate Nico Rosberg crucially grabbed second place at the death after struggling throughout the session. Hamilton put in a 1:18.704 on his first run in Q3, and though he just missed out on an improvement with his final flying lap, he wound up fastest by two and a half tenths. Rosberg was fourth heading into the closing stages of Q3 after a tricky afternoon for the […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Mercedes avoided Red Bull's trap

The US Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season, but the strategic side was very interesting, with Red Bull continuing to probe Mercedes in a chess game; they might have split the two Silver Arrows had they had more luck with a Virtual Safety Car, triggered by one of their drivers to the detriment of the other. Meanwhile further back some important results were achieved for Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz by a combination of brilliant driving and decision-making. […]