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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 […]

Tech Talk: Bahrain front wings and the never ending quest for more downforce

Tech Talk: Bahrain front wings and the never ending quest for more downforce

With potential developments of the all new V6 turbo Power Units now frozen, generating downforce through aero tweaks for the new era Formula 1 cars is a development battle which will rage all year long and in Bahrain some of the big hitters had some interesting front wing options on offer – tech guru Matt […]

Mercedes: We haven’t learnt anything in terms of improving the car

Mercedes: We haven’t learnt anything in terms of improving the car

Mercedes AMG Petronas concluded the first in-season test of 2014 at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Lewis Hamilton taking the wheel of the F1 W05 for the second of two days’ running in Sakhir this week. Lewis’ best time of 1:34.136 from 120 laps put him first on the time sheets; Today’s programme focused […]

McLaren: Lengthy repairs hampered the day

McLaren: Lengthy repairs hampered the day

Kevin Magnussen was once again behind the wheel for the second, and final, day of running in Bahrain. The day’s programme began well, with the team able to complete its planned aerodynamic correlation work; however, a car problem pitched Kevin into the Sakhir gravel just before lunchtime, and the team spent much of the remainder […]

Mercedes would have walked had F1 not ditched V8 engines

Mercedes would have walked had F1 not ditched V8 engines

Mercedes has revealed that it probably would have quit Formula 1 if the sport had stayed with the normally aspirated V8 engine formula beyond 2013. It was believed Renault was the major driving force behind the controversial new turbo V6 regulations, but Daimler board member Dr Thomas Weber said on Wednesday that Mercedes was also […]

Red Bull fear the gap to Mercedes will not be reduced easily but target Europe for turnaround

Red Bull fear the gap to Mercedes will not be reduced easily but target Europe for turnaround

Reigning world champion team Red Bull is hoping to be at least within reach of dominant Mercedes in the space of a month, but they do acknowledge that there will not be a quick fix to close the gap. After controlled race victories for the German squad in Australia and Malaysia, the Mercedes duo of […]

Mercedes: We are constantly pushing to improve the car

Mercedes: We are constantly pushing to improve the car

Mercedes AMG Petronas began the first in-season test of 2014 at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the F1 W05 for the first of two days’ running in Sakhir this week. Nico’s best time of 1:35.697 from 121 laps put him first on the time sheets; Today’s programme ran […]

Lowe: The nature of Formula 1 is to push technology to the limit and beyond

Lowe: The nature of Formula 1 is to push technology to the limit and beyond

Formula 1 should be striving to take technology to the limit and if need be pushing for even greater fuel economy next season rather than talking about impractical ways of changing the rules, according to Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe. The start of the season has been dominated by talk of tweaking the new rules […]

Hamilton reveals data sharing with Rosberg raises the bar

Hamilton reveals data sharing with Rosberg raises the bar

Lewis Hamilton claims that his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg improved between the Malaysian and Bahrain Grand Prix by studying his data. The 2008 world champion, still 11 points behind championship leader Rosberg despite winning two of the three grands prix in 2014, revealed that when the German arrived in Bahrain, he was handed a “big […]

Mercedes secret is in the ingenious packaging of the V6 turbo Power Unit

Mercedes secret is in the ingenious packaging of the V6 turbo Power Unit

The secret of Mercedes’ 2014 Formula 1 dominance has been likened to the game-changing advantage last seen with the double diffuser innovation of the 2009 season and active ride suspension of some decades ago. It emerged in Bahrain that, beneath the skin of the dominant Mercedes-powered cars in 2014, the new turbo V6 features its […]

Lowe: It was not team orders, I just wanted to remind them to give each other space

Lowe: It was not team orders, I just wanted to remind them to give each other space

Mercedes boss Paddy Lowe insists that his drivers did not ignore a clear team order during the nail biting Bahrain Grand Prix. Heading for a certain one-two, Lowe – who rarely talks to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during races – told the pair ten laps from the end to “make sure we bring both […]

Hamilton: Me and Nico haven’t had a race like that since back in our karting days

Hamilton: Me and Nico haven’t had a race like that since back in our karting days

It will go down as one of the most riveting battles between two teammates in recent Formula 1 memory, as Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg slugged it out relentlessy during the Bahrain Grand Prix – both driving like winners but in the end and as always there was only space for one man […]

Mercedes: It has been a fantastic weekend for the team from start to finish

Mercedes: It has been a fantastic weekend for the team from start to finish

Lewis Hamilton took victory by the narrowest of margins in this evening’s Bahrain Grand Prix after an enthralling race-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg. A second consecutive one-two finish for the Silver Arrows saw the team extend its lead at the top of the Constructors’ Championship. Lewis claimed his 24th Formula One career victory and […]

Rosberg trumping Hamilton further stokes the rivalry within Mercedes

Rosberg trumping Hamilton further stokes the rivalry within Mercedes

The battle is hotting up at Mercedes, and while Lewis Hamilton appeared to have the upper hand in Bahrain, in the wake of his Malaysian Grand Prix triumph, it was Nico Rosberg who stole the limelight by qualifying in pole position for the race at Sakhir Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, the dominant […]

Wolff: We are in a brilliant technical revolution and we are talking the sport down

Wolff:  We are in a brilliant technical revolution and we are talking the sport down

Mercedes motosport boss Toto Wolff has dismissed as absurd suggestions that Formula 1 could rewrite its rules just because some teams have failed to make the most of new V6 turbo technology. Ferrari and champions Red Bull have been particularly vocal critics of the new V6 turbo era that has seen the pecking order overturned, […]

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