Tag Archive: Mercedes

Jan 31

Mansell: McLaren’s struggles show ‘something wrong’ with F1

“We’ve got a backlog of drivers wanting to come into F1, we need more manufacturers, at least 26 cars”

1981_12NigelMansellLotus-Cosworth11992 world champion Nigel Mansell believes there is “something wrong” with Formula 1 when teams such as McLaren are unable to be competitive, calling on Liberty Media to make the series more evenly-matched and balanced. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 21

Mercedes “100% aligned” with Ferrari on F1’s future

“We are the good cop and the bad cop”

2017-06-11_1048Head of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche says the German manufacturer’s future vision for Formula 1 is “100% aligned” with rivals Ferrari despite it being less outspoken over the plans laid out by new owners Liberty Media. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 18

Mercedes sets launch plan for new W09 F1 car

The biggest technical change for the 2018 F1 season comes with the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit

2017-02-23-0021Mercedes has become the latest Formula 1 team to confirm its car launch plan ahead of the 2018 season, with an official unveiling set to take place at Silverstone on February 22. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 18

2017’s GP3 top 3 make Formula 2 step

Russell, Aitken and Fukuzumi confirmed on 2018 grid

The top three drivers in the 2017 GP3 Series have all earned steps up to Formula 2 for 2018, underlining the strength of Formula 1’s feeder categories in providing opportunities to talented young drivers.

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Jan 16

Renault aim to emulate Mercedes engine and junior driver tie-up

“In my opinion, an important element will be how we leverage our engine supplier activity”

2017-06-09-13-49-26_1269Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul is eager to install a similar structure used by Mercedes to give opportunities to its junior drivers with customer engine supply deals. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 04

Villeneuve suggests Mercedes should replace Bottas

“Bottas’s performances were almost embarrassing”

2017-10-22_0141Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has slammed Valtteri Bottas’s performances during his maiden year at Mercedes as “almost embarrassing” and suggests Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein would be more suitable alongside Lewis Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 03

Mercedes interested in closer ties with smaller F1 team

“I think what Sergio Marchionne and Maurizio [Arrivabene] are doing is very clever”

2017-06-08_0567Mercedes is considering a link-up with a smaller Formula 1 team after being impressed by the approach taken by Ferrari via its relationships with Haas and Sauber, according to team boss Toto Wolff. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 31

Massa reflects on “teacher” Schumacher and his F1 career

“He [Schumacher] was my teacher, he was very nice and very kind to me all of the time”

Michael Schumacher3Felipe Massa has looked back on his Formula 1 career and explained the key moments which shaped him both professionally and personally as he bows out from the sport this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 30

Marko: F1 engine rules going in right direction

“It is going in the right direction. Clearly it could not go on like it was”

2017-10-21_0731Red Bull motorsport adviser Dr Helmut Marko says Formula 1’s engines rules are heading towards a sensible outcome but feels “fans should be king” in the decision-making process. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 29

Hamilton’s hunger “critical” to keep him in F1 – Hakkinen

“After that year, when I felt my energy levels drop a little, it was not long before I retired.”

2017-10-22_1305Lewis Hamilton may opt to quit Formula 1 if he loses his hunger for more world titles, according to two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 22

Wolff issues update on Hamilton F1 contract negotiations

“He is a ‘frei-geist’ – a free spirit – and he wants to keep his options open”

2017-10-19_0407Toto Wolff has given an update on contract negotiations with Lewis Hamilton and also revealed what his first move from racing might be. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 21

Wolff urges F1, Liberty to be wary of Ferrari’s threats

“I’m not afraid, but Marchionne is to be taken seriously”

2016-06-10-15-57-52-0001Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has warned Formula 1 and its owners Liberty Media to take Ferrari’s quit threats seriously and is seeking improvements to the current sport rather than wholesale changes. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 15

Could Alonso win the F1 title in 2018?

Alonso’s natural talent behind the wheel of an F1 car is undeniable

2017-06-09-14-55-44_1958Fernando Alonso may have endured a rotten three years with McLaren-Honda, but thanks to the arrival of new engine supplier Renault at the team for 2018, could he be in line to fight for a third Formula 1 world championship next season? Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 14

Hamilton: Mercedes cannot afford to stand still ahead of tougher F1

“It’s been an amazing season, but by no means a perfect one. There are always areas you can improve on” – Hamilton

2017-06-11_1674Lewis Hamilton has stressed Mercedes cannot afford to stand still in the Formula 1 development race ahead of a possible four-way fight for the championship in 2018. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 11

Can Red Bull and McLaren win again in 2018?

So will Renault be able to power Red Bull and McLaren to victory again in 2018?

2017-06-11_1157Red Bull and McLaren may have been two of Formula 1’s most prominent teams since the turn of the millennium, yet neither has managed to attain a huge amount of success in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 08

Mercedes needs “disruption and calmness” from Hamilton, Bottas

“I don’t think we need to avoid a stressful situation” – Wolff

2017-06-10_1458Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he wants a balance between disruption and calmness from his two Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to produce a winning combination but isn’t worried about a similar situation to Hamilton’s relationship with Nico Rosberg. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 28

Hamilton: Dip in form after title win not as bad as 2015

“I do and try and still turn up and do the job. It’s just not so easy.”

2017-10-21_0978Lewis Hamilton does not think his dip in form at the end of the 2017 Formula 1 season was as bad as in 2015, but admitted he was not racing at 100 per cent through the final two races of the year. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 27

Bottas unsure of 2018 F1 title tilt after ‘crazy’ Mercedes year

“It is crazy to think that last year I was still here with Williams”

2017-10-21_0051Valtteri Bottas says he’s uncertain whether he’ll be able to put together a Formula 1 world title challenge next season after reflecting on a ‘crazy’ maiden year at Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 26

Wolff pushes blame of three-engine F1 season on Red Bull

“The regulations stood for four engines next year, we were perfectly fine for that.”

2017-06-08_0687Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull’s demands for cheaper engines is to blame for the three-engine rule to be introduced for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 24

Vettel fastest in opening Abu Dhabi F1 practice

Vettel turned in a fastest lap time of 1:39.006 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Hamilton

2017-10-21_0862Sebastian Vettel made a strong start to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend by leading the opening Formula 1 practice session on Friday afternoon, edging out Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton at the Yas Marina Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »


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