Apr 20

Lewis Hamilton scores hat-trick of race wins in Shanghai as Mercedes record another 1-2 finish

Lewis Hamilton converted his pole into a victory as he became the first driver to win the Chinese Grand Prix three times. He has matched Mercedes non-executive chairman and former F1 driver Niki Lauda’s race wins.

Hamilton had a virtually trouble-free race as he pulled ahead of the rest of the field and stayed in command during the duration of the race. Nico Rosberg ensured Mercedes had their third successive 1-2 finish after he pipped Fernando Alonso, who came third.  Rosberg’s car had no telemetry reading for the team to see. Alonso’s first podium for Ferrari this season comes on the back of their below par performance in Bahrain and the resignation of former team principal Stefano Domenicali.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Lewis Hamilton breaks all time pole positions record held by a Brit at Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton stomped his authority once again this season by claiming his third pole position in 4 races. Daniel Ricciardo could have toppled him save for red flags which came out when Nico Rosberg spun heavily in the dying moments of qualifying. Sebastian Vettel was third and for the first time this season the Red Bull team have featured in the top 3 in qualifying.

3 out of 4 qualifying sessions this year have been wet. However, this was the first wet qualifying in China in 8 years. The conditions meant almost everyone bolted on a set of full wets for Q1, while some others took on the intermediates. A lot of off-track excursions followed with Rosberg, Kamui Kobayashi, Jules Bianchi, Vettel, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg all going beyond the limits of the track.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Friday and Saturday Practice round-ups

FP1

McLaren introduced new parts for the car. Williams also tested upgrades.

Esteban Gutierrez’s car had a clutch issue which his mechanics promptly fixed.

Kimi Raikkonen was not going anywhere as Ferrari fixed a systems issue on the front of the car. The Finn’s car has a new chassis after the team discovered a crack in it during testing in Bahrain.

Lewis Hamilton session came to an end minutes before the official end as mechanics worked on the floor of his car. Sergio Perez too ended his session early after a problem was discovered.

Felipe Nasr filled in for Valtteri Bottas at Williams while Giedo van der Garde stepped in for Adrian Sutil at Sauber.

Results - 1. ALO 2. ROS 3. RIC 4. BUT 5. HUL 6. MAG 7. VER 8. HAM 9. VET 10. MAS 11. KVY 12. GRO 13. NAS 14. VDG 15. PER 16. MAL 17. KOB 18. GUT 19. BIA 20. CHI 21. ERI 22. RAI Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Bahrain

As was widely expected, it was a Mercedes victory in Bahrain, but this time the two drivers had good battles and exchanged positions several times till they settled in their final positions. Hamilton crossed the finish line a second clear of his team mate Rosberg in the end but more importantly, 22 seconds clear of third placed Perez, despite a safety car having grouped all the cars together just 15 laps before. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Nico Rosberg takes pole at Bahrain

Image credit: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Image credit: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Momentum is at Mercedes’ side and per everyone’e expectations they’ve claimed the front row of the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix. This time, it was Rosberg who edged out Hamilton, and will start on pole position.

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Apr 04

Bahrain FP2: Repeat results

It was the same top three at the time sheets this evening in Bahrain, with Hamilton edging Rosberg and Alonso. Mercedes sends a clear message to the rest of the field and are ready to take on qualifying tomorrow, with good chances of claiming the front row for themselves.

Red Bull took a step forward, placing Ricciardo in the fourth position, and Vettel seventh, with Felipe Massa and Jenson Button between them.

Kvyat featured again in the top ten, showing good pace with his Toro Rosso, as did both McLarens with Jenson Button 6th and Magnussen 9th.

 

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