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Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Reigning Formula 1 world champion team Red Bull have told Mercedes to “shove that three-pointed star”, as a war of words between the two outfits shifts into high gear. Last week, Mercedes argued in Paris that rival Red Bull’s appeal against the Melbourne disqualification actually deserved a three-race ban. The FIA court did not agree, […]

Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes running away with the title this season?

Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes running away with the title this season?

A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula 1 wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far – after a broken spark plug lead forced Hamilton out […]

Lauda rewarded Hamilton with lift home on private jet after China triumph

Lauda rewarded Hamilton with lift home on private jet after China triumph

Niki Lauda gave Lewis Hamilton a ‘money can’t buy’ reward for securing his first-ever Formula 1 hat-trick – a ride on his own private jet. “I told him ‘If you win, I’ll fly you back’ (to Europe),” Mercedes’ team chairman told Bild newspaper. Lauda, not only a Formula 1 legend but also a world-famous aviator, […]

McLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says Lauda

McLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says Lauda

McLaren is going through a ‘Whitmarsh’ effect, according to Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda. Just two weeks ago in Bahrain, Jenson Button said the only quicker car in the field was the dominant Mercedes. But in China, both the 2009 world champion and Kevin Magnussen were non points-scoring midfielders. Button sounded particularly frustrated. “I don’t […]

Lauda predicts focused Hamilton on course for second F1 title

Lauda predicts focused Hamilton on course for second F1 title

Lewis Hamilton’s first ever Formula 1 hat-trick, took his tally to 25 victories drawing level with Austrian legend Niki Lauda who believes the Briton is on course for his second world title in 2014. “The only thing he has perhaps sometimes neglected in the past was the full focus,” Lauda said in Shanghai. “He was bringing the dogs […]

Hamilton: I just can’t believe how amazing the car is and how hard everyone has worked

Hamilton: I just can’t believe how amazing the car is and how hard everyone has worked

Lewis Hamilton scored his 25th Formula 1 victory in fine style at the Chinese Grand Prix, a lights to flag victory which will go down as one of his most dominant perfoamances in the cockpit of the mighty Mercedes W05. He spoke after his triumph in Shanghai. Three consecutive for Lewis Hamilton – how about […]

Mercedes: The result looks easier than it actually was

Mercedes: The result looks easier than it actually was

Mercedes AMG Petronas took its third consecutive one-two finish and fourth consecutive win today at the 2014 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his third victory of the season, with Nico Rosberg finished in second position. Lewis drove a lights-to-flag victory to claim his 4th win for the team and the 17th for the Silver Arrows […]

Lauda rejects reports that Mercedes has 80 horsepower advantage

Lauda rejects reports that Mercedes has 80 horsepower advantage

Niki Lauda has rejected suggestions that Renault are trailing the pace, with the all new V6 turbo power units, by a around 80 horsepower. Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has mentioned the figure – dominant Mercedes’ supposed advantage with its field-leading turbo V6 – on several occasions in the past weeks. But Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, […]

Rosberg wary of Red Bull tactic to play down title chances

Rosberg wary of Red Bull tactic to play down title chances

Formula 1 world championship leader Nico Rosberg believes that Red Bull are playing down their title chances for tactical reasons. Although Mercedes’ chasers Red Bull and Ferrari appear closer to the pace in Shanghai, world champion Sebastian Vettel on Friday said he was driving behind a W05 in Shanghai and “it looked as though they […]

Mercedes wanted three race ban for Red Bull

Mercedes wanted three race ban for Red Bull

Mercedes wanted reigning Formula 1 world champions Red Bull to serve a three-race ban for appealing against its Melbourne disqualification. Earlier reports in the Shanghai paddock had hinted at Mercedes’ push for a ban, after Helmut Marko had said thathe was surprised by the “aggressiveness” with which Mercedes argued at the Paris appeal on Monday. […]

Mercedes: We had the pace to put both cars on the front row

Mercedes: We had the pace to put both cars on the front row

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix this afternoon, with Nico Rosberg fourth after a challenging, wet qualifying session. Lewis took his third wet weather pole this season after qualifying 0.595 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Daniel Ricciardo Nico Rosberg qualified fourth fastest but was unable to improve his […]

Mercedes: Both drivers are finding it tricky to get a good balance around this circuit

Mercedes: Both drivers are finding it tricky to get a good balance around this circuit

The first practice sessions for the UBS Chinese Grand Prix took place today at a cool Shanghai International Circuit. Lewis experienced a mechanical problem with the rear suspension in first practice that limited his running. He ended the day at the top of the timesheets, posting a time of 1:38.315 on his first flying lap […]

Mercedes new nose passes FIA crash test and may increase advantage

Mercedes new nose passes FIA crash test and may increase advantage

Mercedes could pull even further clear of the field in Shanghai, after readying for its debut arguably the most expensive new front nose in Formula 1 history. Actually, the dominant Brackley squad wanted its ultra-short nose to be fitted to the silver W05 in Melbourne, but it had failed the mandatory FIA crash test. It […]

Rosberg to clear air with Hamilton over on track limits before Chinese Grand Prix

Rosberg to clear air with Hamilton over on track limits before Chinese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg says he will discuss with Lewis Hamilton before this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix an incident during their thrilling battle in Bahrain when he felt his Mercedes team mate went “over the line”. The German, who won the season-opener in Australia, started from pole at the Sakhir circuit 11 days ago but lost his […]

Lauda slams Montezemolo for Formula 1 taxi drivers jibe

Lauda slams Montezemolo for Formula 1 taxi drivers jibe

Niki Lauda has lashed out at Luca di Montezemolo’s claim that the 2014 rules have reduced the Formula 1 field to little more than “taxi drivers”. “Whoever says the races are ‘economy runs’ and that the drivers are ‘taxi drivers’ is lying,” the Mercedes chairman angrily told Italy’s Autosprint. “It is absolutely not true,” triple […]

Marko: We’re amazed by aggressiveness that Mercedes used to argue against us

Marko: We’re amazed by aggressiveness that Mercedes used to argue against us

Outspoken Red Bull Motorsport Consultant Helmut Marko has hit back at Mercedes, after the German squad this week called on the court of appeal to come down hard on the World Champions. As Red Bull appealed Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne disqualification in Paris on Monday, a lawyer for rival Mercedes argued at length that the FIA […]

Mercedes seeking big punishment for Red Bull

Mercedes seeking big punishment for Red Bull

Championship leader Mercedes has urged FIA judges to add to reigning Formula 1 world champion Red Bull’s penalty amid the fuel flow affair. In Paris on Monday, the judges heard Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s Melbourne sanction, and upheld the disqualification, but Mercedes argued that the original penalty was actually not enough. The German […]

Bell resigns as Mercedes technical director

Bell resigns as Mercedes technical director

Bob Bell has resigned as technical director of the championship-leading Mercedes Formula One team, with Executive Director Paddy Lowe taking on his duties. Mercedes said in a statement on Monday that Bell had resigned his position last December and would leave the team in November this year to pursue “new challenges outside the company”. Bell […]

Mercedes W05 on par with Newey’s Red Bull RB10 believes Costa

Mercedes W05 on par with Newey’s Red Bull RB10 believes Costa

Mercedes insists that their 2014 Formula 1 car is on par with the RB10 chassis being fielded by reigning world champions Red Bull this season. The more common perception in the Formula 1 paddock so far this year is that while the silver W05 is a tidy single seater, its clear dominance is being fuelled […]

Wolff: Lewis and Nico can fight each other so long as there are no harakiri moves

Wolff: Lewis and Nico can fight each other so long as there are no harakiri moves

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been told the team rules for their future wheel-to-wheel battles in the wake of their spectacular duel during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows pair thrilled the Formula 1 world last Sunday with their battle for victory at Sakhir, despite bosses urging them to “bring both […]

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