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Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hamilton's victory, an open goal from Ferrari

This was one of the best races from a race strategy point of view for years. Like last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, strategy decided the outcome, but the two main protagonists, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel also surpassed themselves, with heroic drives, making it a truly memorable race Here we will analyse the momentous decisions that dictated the outcome, at how the pendulum swung from one driver to another several times. And we will also look at how the lowly Sauber team managed to score […]

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hamilton clinches victory in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton won an eventful Spanish the Grand Prix from Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, scoring his 55th Formula One career victory, his second of the season and his second at Barcelona. Hamilton’s margin of victory was 3.490 seconds over Scuderia Ferrari’s driver, which cut Vettel’s lead in the championship standings to six points with still 15 races remaining. Race results: 1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:35:56.497   2.  S. Vettel Ferrari +3.490   3.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull +1:13.978   4.  S. Perez Force India      +1 […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Was victory possible by pitting Vettel sooner?

The Russian Grand Prix was always likely to be one of those races where, with the new 2017 combination of high drag cars and low degradation tyres, overtaking would be extremely difficult and strategy games equally so. In fact it was only the fourth race in F1 history to feature no overtaking moves after the opening lap skirmishes. The key question is whether Ferrari could have manoeuvred Sebastian Vettel into a position to win the race, after losing the lead at the start to Bottas, […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bottas:

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula 1 victory in a tense Russian Grand Prix that saw him jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nail-bitting, race-long battle. The Finn reckons the result came as a confirmation of his talent and will give him lots of confidence for the future. His team mate, Lewis Hamilton produced a battling drive to finish P4 after struggling with overheating throughout the race. "It’s going to take a while to sink in. Normally […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bottas claims maiden F1 victory

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix to score his maiden Formula One victory by .617 of a second over Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The result came after 81 races in Formula One, but only his fourth with Mercedes. The Finn took over Nico Rosberg's seat at Mercedes, after The German retired at the end of the 2016 season. Bottas' triumph also kept Mercedes’ record at Sochi Autodrom intact, as the manufacturer won all the Russian GP to date, in 2014 and 2015 with Lewis Hamilton and the 2016 race with […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mercedes continues to set peace in testing

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 143 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, as the first in-season test of 2017 concluded in Bahrain. Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day top of the timesheets, clocking a 1:31.280 on the SuperSoft compound Pirelli tyre late in the afternoon. The programme was focused on tyre and aerodynamic analysis, engine development evaluation and setup work to address issues with poor rear grip in Sunday's race. Mercedes completed a total of 658 laps […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hamilton quickest in opening testing day

The first of two days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir began on Tuesday, with all 10 teams competing in the 2017 Formula One Championship being present. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time (1:31.358) with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson recording the most laps (106). "Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work", Hamilton concluded. "Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bahrain win: a series of (un)fortunate events

The Bahrain Grand Prix was set to be a good acid test of the new F1 as it is generally one of the tracks with the most overtaking and we’ve seen strategy play a key part due to the way the tyres perform on this track. This year the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari swung Ferrari’s way due to a combination of factors, including Sebastian Vettel’s very strong pace on supersoft tyres, especially in the second stint and Mercedes’ relative weakness on them; this is […]

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Bottas:

Valtteri Bottas admits that an order to let your team mate pass during a racing competition is the worst thing a driver could hear. The Finn was told by Mercedes to let Lewis Hamilon pass with just ten laps left of the Bahrain Grand Prix, making him to give up the second place he was on at that stage. "Well, I think honestly as a racing driver it’s maybe the worst thing you want to hear. That’s how it is", Bottas admits. "For sure I did it because there […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hamilton takes blame for penalty

Lewis Hamilton apologised to his team for taking the penalty after holding up Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo while driving too slow on pit entry during the Safety Car period. This move might have cost Hamiton the Bahrain Grand Prix victory as well as the championship lead. The Brit's first loss came at the start of the race when he lost a position to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Although Mercedes offset Hamilton's strategy as much as possible to give him the chance of closing down Vettel in the final laps, the five-second […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bottas beats teammate for pole

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the fastest time during Qualifying. His fast lap of 1:28.769 set a new track qualifying record and was .023 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton held the previous track qualifying record of 1:29.493 set last year in Q3, and Bottas’ pole-winning time beat it by .724 of a second. This is Bottas’ first career Formula One pole and the Bahrain Grand Prix will mark his […]

Posted on Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hamilton:

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, in a race that marked the 150th Formula One start for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.  The Briton took his 54th Formula One victory - his fifth at the Shanghai International Circuit, his first of the 2017 season and the third Grand Chelem (pole position, race win, fastest lap, leading every racing lap) of his F1 career. "My pole lap put me in a great position and then the start was just fantastic. […]