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Hamilton continues rampaging 2019 Formula 1 season

It doesn’t matter if it’s a fast track or down right slot circuit like the Monaco strip, Mercedes F1 Team continues rampaging the grid with the likes of Reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtter Bottas.

After six rounds, Mercedes has blown away the competition with at least three 1-2 finishes. This time at Monte Carlo, Hamilton took the win with Bottas third, spilt by the Ferrari of Sebastien Vettel. Hamilton now has 137 points without even trying, followed by Bottas with 120 points. The nearest pursuer is Vettel, who’s 36 points behind the 2nd  Mercedes. Verstappen could have finished second, but due to an infringement and a 5-second penalty, he was demoted to fourth. As for viewership, you actually don’t have to bother watching the race these days…

Here’s the selected  top ten drivers’ take on the Monaco GP

Hamilton:  It was one of the hardest races of my career, it was so intense. With 20 laps left I thought there was no way I was going to make it to the end. I thought I was going to crash, I was battling so much with the car. There was absolutely nothing left in the tyres and it was so tough to keep the car on the track.

Verstappen:  I gave it my all! I think we were very competitive and I enjoyed putting the pressure on and trying to go for the win. You know when you’re up against Lewis it’s going to be very hard but I kept pushing him and I tried to force him into a mistake. I made him use his tyres a bit more than he wanted which meant I could attack. At one point I could see his tyres really dropping off and there were a few corners on the track where he was really slow which meant I could line up a move, but we just couldn’t get close enough. With a few laps to go, I thought I’m going to try it now and see what happens. We touched but luckily nothing came of it. The penalty from the pit stop is unfortunate, but I don’t think the Team did anything wrong and it is impossible to see in that tight pit lane.

Sainz:   P6 today is a very good result and my third points finish in a row. An amazing first lap after passing both Toro Rossos around the outside at Turn Three. Definitely one of my best overtakes! After that, a good pit call to stay out under the Safety Car and some solid laps to earn P6.

Kvyat: We can be satisfied with the amount of points we brought home today and with how we managed the race – the teamwork was fantastic, the support I got from everyone was great! P7 is a great result in Monaco. We have been working hard over the past few weeks to see where we need to improve and what I need to go faster, and we found it.

Ricciardo: We definitely could have done better and got a great result as we had all the cards in our hand. Although we missed some points, the car was very good even though we couldn’t always use the speed we had. We’ll look at what happened and address it for future races.

The season now moves to Canada in a fortnight’s time for the seventh round of the season.

Formula 1 Monaco GP results

1 LewisHamilton MERCEDES 1:43:28.437 25
2 SebastianVettel FERRARI +2.602s 18
3 ValtteriBottas MERCEDES +3.162s 15
4 MaxVerstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA +5.537s 12
5 PierreGasly RED BULL RACING HONDA +9.946s 11
6 CarlosSainz MCLAREN RENAULT +53.454s 8
7 DaniilKvyat SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA +54.574s 6
8 AlexanderAlbon SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA +55.200s 4
9 DanielRicciardo RENAULT +60.894s 2
10 RomainGrosjean HAAS FERRARI +61.034s

Drivers standings

2     Valtteri Bottas          MERCEDES    120

1     Lewis Hamilton           MERCEDES    137

3     Sebastian Vettel  FERRARI        82

4     Max Verstappen  RED BULL    78

5     Charles Leclerc     FERRARI 57

6     Pierre Gasly  RED BULL    32

7     Carlos Sainz  MCLAREN RENAULT       18

8     Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 14

9     Sergio Perez        RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES      13

10   Kimi Räikkönen      ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI  13

F1 Australian GP: Bottas and Mercedes dominate season-opener

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton captured the season-epener in Melbourne. The Mercedes drivers dominated the race from their usual rivals, the Red Bulls and Ferraris. Best finisher for Red Bull was Max Verstappen, while Ferrari’s top driver was Sebastien Vettel, who was fourth. Vettel’s team mate and Ferrari rookie Charles Le Clerc took fifth spot, ahead of  Hass’ Kevvin Magnussen. The top six drivers finished with a lap advantage to the drivers in positions 7th through 10th. The results proved that the top-tiered guys are far faster than the mid-tiered and bottom-rung teams.

For Bottas, it was only his fourth F1 win, and the 1-2 finish meant a 45th time for the Silver Arrows in F1. Mercedes top the Constructors with 44 points from Ferrari (22).

Bottas led the pack from the starting grid, followed by Hamilton and LeClerc, who overtook the Red Bull of Verstappen. Verstappen had Vettel all over his rear view mirrors, but managed to hold his position. Behind them, Daniel Ricciardo lost his car’s front wing as he tried a move on the grass. He had to pit for a new nose. Verstappen sneaked past LeClerc on lap 3, who ran wide in a tussle with Vettel.

Up front, Bottas had a 2.0 seconds lead and stretched the lead by another second on lap 10. A couple of laps later, a McLaren was out of the race; when the Carlos Sainz’ car went up in flames on track.

The first round of stops was scheduled on lap 15, with the race leaders stopping a lap later starting with Hamilton.  The reigning champion retook the track, ahead of Vettel. They were fourth and fifth.

Bottas was in a clear lead as he worked a  fastest lap to extend lead from Verstappen and LeClerc. Meantime, Vetstappen was trying to extend the gap time from his chasers, namely Hamilton and Vettel.  

Before half-distance of the race, Bottas made his tyre swap; a one and only stop. He rejoined second behind the Red Bull. Who’d to pit again. On lap 26 of 58, Verstappen made his stop and the lead went back to Bottas. At that point, Hamilton  was complaining about his depleting tyres, which could force an unnecessary stop. But, it didn’t take a turn for the worse.

After his race-start incident, Ricciardo would have to retire from his home race from a damaged part on his RS19.  Back at the front, the two Mercedes led Vettel, Verstappen and LeClerc. Verstappen quickly beat Vettel for third on an outside move  at turn 3. He was only 2-sec from Hamilton. In the ensuing laps, Verstappen tried to chase down the defending champion but Hamilton held firm.

In the closing laps, Bottas was sailing home for the win at the season-opener. Hamilton had to watch out for the flying Dutchman, who’s just 1.5s behind. Fourth and fifth were the Ferraris, as LeClerc closed tha gap to Vettel from 12s to 4s. Verstappen chased down the Mercedes hard, until he ran on to the grass and basically conceded second to Hamilton,

In the final five laps, LeClerc was within 2s from his team mate. The Ferraris were a full stop away from the Haas of Magnussen. A fastest lap for Bottas on the final lap ensured the win and a bonus point. Hamilton held off a hard charging Verstappen. The Ferraris settled with Vettel’s fourth and LeClerc’s fifth. Aside from Magnussen, the rest of the field were a lap behind.

Bottas commented in post-race, “We could not have asked for a better start to the season – getting maximum points for the team is a perfect result and we couldn’t be happier. The key was the start; I think Lewis may have had a bit of wheel spin, so I was able to take the lead. My race pace was really strong, I could pull away and build a gap. In the end, I managed to get the fastest lap as well, which of course means an extra point this season, so I went for it. It can be a little risky with worn tyres, but I had it all under control.”

F1 Australian Grand Prix results

1     Valtteri Bottas      MERCEDES        1:25:27.325  

2     Lewis Hamilton    MERCEDES        +20.886s      

3     Max Verstappen   RED BULL RACING +22.520s      

4     Sebastian Vettel   FERRARI             +57.109s      

5     Charles Leclerc    FERRARI             +58.230s      

6     Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI             +87.156s      

7     Nico Hulkenberg  RENAULT            +1 lap   

8     Kimi Räikkönen    ALFA ROMEO RACING       +1 lap   

9     Lance Stroll   RACING POINT BWT      +1 lap   

10   Daniil Kvyat   TORO ROSSO +1 lap

Drivers standings

1     Valtteri BOTTAS  MERCEDES       26

2     Lewis HAMILTON       MERCEDES 18

3     Max VERSTAPPEN    RED BULL RACING     15

4     Sebastian VETTEL     FERRARI       12

5     Charles LECLERC      FERRARI       10

6     Kevin MAGNUSSEN   HAAS     8

7     Nico HULKENBERG   RENAULT       6

8     Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN       ALFA ROMEO 4

9     Lance STROLL    RACING POINT   2

10   Daniil KVYAT       TORO ROSSO       1

Mercedes-AMG F1 aim for Sixth Title with 2019 Challenger

Reigning Formula 1 Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has introduced their 2019 Challenger at the Silverstone Circuit. The 2019 F1 W10 EQ Power+ in a new livery, signifying the brand’s tenth year in F1, took its first laps at the famous British track.

Four weeks until the start of the season, Lewish Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared driving duties to experience the new challenger for the firs time. The duo will hit the Circuit of Catalunya for the formal pre-season test to gauge a better understanding of the 2019 challenger.  Hamilton and the team have garnered five titles working together, and in the new season they are going for a sixth.  Hamilton will start his seventh year with the team in the new season. He has four titles, 52 race wins and 57 pole positions since 2013.

Hamilton said, “I’m really looking forward to the next step of our journey together with Mercedes. This is my seventh year with the team and the energy and the determination within the team are really inspiring. The buzz really starts at the beginning of the year when you see the car coming together. Driving the new car is like meeting someone new for the first time – you want to get to know them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey together.”

Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements

Compared to its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ has been changed substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 F1 season. The car follows the regulations’ minimum weight limit, which has been lifted by by 10kg for 2019.  The team have removed ‘some’ to shave more weight. Obviously, focus were given to improve on aerodynamics, suspension and the Power Unit.  Other than that, the F1 W10 shares plenty of similarities to the F1 W09.

Mercedes’ EQ Power+

Aside from F1, Mercedes is partaking in the Formula E Championship, which hit its sixth season, as a newcomer.

The engine of the new challenger has changes made to the cooling architecture, along with bettering combustion efficiency and incorporating a more efficient ERS system. In a nutshell, the marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.

F1 Canadian GP: Vettel jumps right back into Championship lead with fantastic win

Sebastien Vettel has won th 2018 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix with a royal flush from rivals Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Vettel’s win ended a 14-year drought for Ferrari at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Vettel pounds the Gilles Villeneuve track for pole

The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix qualifiers saw four-time Sebastien Vettel snatch pole from rival Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen slotted in third place, ahead of title contender Lewis Hamilton.

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F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo nails it

Pole-sitter and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo had successfully converted a pole position into a win at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Although the Australian took the win at F1’s slowest track, it was still a historic win. Ricciardo topped Championship contenders Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo later admitted that had it been other tracks, he wouldn’t have won.

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F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo gets pole and smashes lap record

Qualifiers for the 2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo snatch pole from the Ferrari of Sebastien Vettel. Ricciardo broke the lap record at the Principality, twice. Meanwhile, Reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton took third fastest to lead the second row, alongside the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

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Hamilton leads one-two at F1 Spanish GP

  Five races into the season and Mercedes-AMG F1 Team are back in the title hunt, thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s dominant win at the newly-resurfaced Circuit de Catalunya. Team mate Valtteri Bottas did good with a second place to ensure a Mercedes 1-2; the first for the season. Third place went to Max Verstappen, who scored his first podium of the year. Rivals Ferraris were not so well-strung in this race, with Sebastien Vettel finishing fourth and Kimi Raikkonen retiring from the race due to an engine failure.

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Hamilton and Bottas net first front-row lockout of the season

  The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix qualifiers saw Lewis Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas secure the first front-row lockout for the season. Less than two-tenths of a second split the top three qualifiers on Saturday, with Hamilton taking pole from Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the sister Ferrari, followed by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

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Hamilton takes first win of the season at F1 Azerbaijan

  It took four races for Lewis Hamilton to get the win in the 2018 season, at the rather new Baku Circuit in Azerbaijan. It was Hamilton’s 63rd career win and first at Baku. It wasn’t Hamilton’s win until the final two laps when team mate Valtteri Bottas, who led the race in the closing stint, suffered a puncture and dropped out of the race.

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