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May 22nd, 2013
Fernando Alonso reckons Red Bull’s criticism of the Pirelli Formula 1 tyres is simply the result of it not being able to handle defeat well.
May 22nd, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says he will put everything into getting pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix to give Mercedes a chance of fending off its faster rivals for victory.
May 22nd, 2013
British sportscar driver Archie Hamilton will achieve a lifetime’s ambition by racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, 60 years after his grandfather Duncan won the race with Jaguar.
May 13th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says no stone will be left unturned when he visits the Mercedes factory later this week for a brainstorming session to cure the team’s tyre woes. The former world champion has a previously scheduled promotional appearance for a sponsor in Florida first, but he believes the trip to Brackley is now an essential after his disappointing Spanish Grand Prix.
May 12th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton declared himself baffled by the extent of Mercedes’ tyre struggles in the Spanish Grand Prix, as he plummeted from the front row to a lapped 12th. Although Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg managed to salvage sixth place, the 2008 world champion tumbled down the field. “It was an experience that I don’t really want to go through again,” said Hamilton
May 11th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was “a bit lost” with his Mercedes set-up heading into Spanish Grand Prix qualifying , despite ending up on the front row. The 2008 world champion appeared to be in danger of Q2 elimination until he surged from 13th to first in the segment with his last lap. Hamilton went on to qualify second, 0.254 seconds down on pole-winning team-mate Nico Rosberg
May 10th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says the stronger-than-expected start to the season has not changed his approach to the campaign. The Briton had braced himself for a tough time in hauling Mercedes up the grid, but has already delivered two podium finishes and one pole position so far
May 7th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton says he is revelling in his new-found independence after leaving the ‘controlled’ environment of McLaren. Hamilton admitted there were points where he struggled for motivation, energy and focus during his time with the Woking-based squad, but insists such concerns have been banished following his gamble to move to Mercedes. “I have been in a very controlled environment since I can remember and it’s not until the last couple of years that I’ve come out of that control,” Hamilton told the Daily Mirror
April 23rd, 2013
Pirelli wants to have a more detailed look at the damaged tyre from Lewis Hamilton’s car in Bahrain, amid suspicions its failure in practice may not have been down to debris.
April 22nd, 2013
Lewis Hamilton believes that the cooler conditions of upcoming races in Europe will suit Mercedes, after the team struggled to look after its tyres in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn had said before the Sakhir event that if his outfit performed well in Bahrain then it would be quick everywhere because it was a track where it had struggled in 2012. But although Nico Rosberg took pole position, he and Hamilton were beset by tyre overheating issues throughout the weekend and found themselves unable to challenge for a podium.
April 21st, 2013
An ecstatic Lewis Hamilton hailed the impact of his late-race pace after his Mercedes transformed from a ‘sitting duck’ to ‘amazing’ in the Bahrain Grand Prix . After starting from ninth – the result of a disappointing qualifying and a five-place grid penalty – Hamilton lost ground at the start and then struggled for grip and performance
April 20th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton’s left-rear tyre failure during Saturday morning practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which led to his five-place grid penalty , was caused by metal debris, according to Pirelli. The problem led to suspension and gearbox damage, as confirmed by a Mercedes statement. This forced Mercedes to change Hamilton’s gearbox, which was being used for the fourth weekend of its run of five, leading to the penalty.
April 20th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton will receive a five-place grid drop for the Bahrain Grand Prix as the Mercedes team has had to change his gearbox prior to qualifying. Hamilton’s car suffered a left-rear tyre failure at the end of final practice , and also incurred suspension damage in the incident. Mercedes has had to change the car’s left rear corner as a result, and the team confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the gearbox would also have to be replaced
April 20th, 2013
Fernando Alonso put Ferrari back on top in the final free practice session ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying. The Chinese GP winner produced a 1m33.247s lap on the softer medium tyres seven minutes from the end, and it proved unbeatable. Earlier in the session Alonso had spun wildly out of Turn 2 while on a hard tyre run.
April 19th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton believes that Mercedes needs to make a step forward in terms of set-up after a difficult opening day of practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Team-mate Nico Rosberg was eight fastest in practice today , half-a-second off the pace, with Hamilton 10th overall 0.822s down
April 16th, 2013
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix will prove whether or not his outfit has a car that can fight for the 2013 Formula 1 title. Brawn believes that with this year’s competitiveness mirroring last year’s strong start in the opening three races, only a good showing in Bahrain, where the team struggled last year, will show what sort of shape it is in. In 2012, Mercedes followed up its Chinese Grand Prix victory with fifth in qualifying and the race in Bahrain for Nico Rosberg
April 15th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton has seen enough in the first three races to believe that he and Mercedes are definitely in the Formula 1 championship hunt this year. The Briton took his first pole position since joining Mercedes in China last weekend and a third-placed finish means he is just 12 points adrift of points leader Sebastian Vettel.
April 14th, 2013
Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari its first victory of the 2013 Formula 1 season as his tactic of starting on soft tyres proved the right one in a strategy-defined Chinese Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton used the same strategy to fill the podium, as Sebastian Vettel’s tactics could only give him fourth place, just inches behind Hamilton in a thrilling finish. The race unfolded as two parallel contests between those who started on softs, briefly burst clear and then pitted early and dropped into traffic, and those who started on mediums, emerged up front, but would face soft tyre pain later
April 13th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton is hopeful he can score his first win with Mercedes in the Chinese Grand Prix after securing pole position for the Shanghai race on Saturday. The Briton, who has switched from McLaren to Mercedes for this year, beat Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to the top spot to secure his maiden pole with the German squad in just his third event with the team. Hamilton admitted he was overjoyed at the result
April 13th, 2013
Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position with Mercedes in a Chinese Grand Prix qualifying session dominated by tyre strategy. Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus will join Hamilton on the front row ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.