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Mercedes Versus Red Bull

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As the start of a new Formula One season is right around the corner, it’s time for another chapter in the battle between Mercedes AMG Petronas and Red Bull Racing. Mercedes has won the last three Constructors Championships with Red Bull’s last title coming in 2013. The last three years have also seen a Mercedes driver win the Formula One Championship as Lewis Hamilton took home the title in 2014 and 2015, while Nico Rosberg literally took the title home in 2016 as he surprisingly announced his retirement from the sport last year at the age of 25. Albeit that Hamilton and Rosberg were teammates, they engaged in a fierce battle on the track as Rosberg was tired of playing second fiddle to Hamilton who is a three-time champion. But even as good as Hamilton and Rosberg have been for Mercedes, it didn’t prevent Red Bull from surging towards the end of the 2016 Formula One season.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has been driving for Red Bull since 2014 and he has four victories to his credit. In 2014 and 2016, Ricciardo finished third in the driver standings to Hamilton and Rosberg, while he had eight trips to the podium last year. Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate is Max Verstappen who made his debut with the team last year at the Spanish Grand Prix. Verstappen was only 18-years old at the time and he would go on to win the race as he was totally unfazed by racing on the big stage. Verstappen would not win anymore races last season, but he would podium seven times in all to finish fifth in the standings as the future looks bright for he and Ricciardo at Red Bull.

Like the entire racing world, Mercedes would be thrown for a loop with Rosberg’s shocking retirement. However Mercedes would scramble to find Rosberg’s replacement as they signed Finland’s Valtteri Bottas who raced for Williams Martini Racing last year. But aside from Rosberg’s departure, technical director Paddy Lowe also left Mercedes to join the Williams Martini team. And could the departure’s of Rosberg and Lowe be just the opening that Red Bull need to overtake Mercedes here in 2017?

Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton

But in spite of the upheaval at Mercedes, they still have Toto Wolff who is the minority owner and executive director, along with Hamilton who is arguably the best driver on the circuit. Over the last three years Hamilton has taken home the checkered flag 31 times with his stiffest competition typically being Rosberg. The rivalry between Rosberg and Hamilton reached a boiling a point last year which at times left mangled cars on the track. And as something had to give, Rosberg walked away from the sport after winning his title.

To me I expect Hamilton to drive with a much clearer head this season as he won’t have to answer as many questions about Rosberg and I don’t anticipate any animosity between he and Bottas. Bottas will be out to prove that he deserves to drive for Mercedes, while also providing protection for Hamilton. And it will be important for Bottas to have a good showing in order to hold off the charges of Ricciardo and Verstappen who like Hamilton will be the favorites to claim the Formula One Title. But even if Ricciardo and Verstappen are unable to overtake Hamilton, a strong season on their part could see Red Bull top Mercedes for the Constructors Championship which in itself would be an accomplishment.

The action is set begin tomorrow at the Australian Grand Prix where there will be plenty of pomp and pageantry to commence a new season. But after Hamilton barely missed a third consecutive title by just five points last year, he could be extra motivated this time around which would be good for him and Mercedes, while being devastating for everyone else on the circuit.

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Red Bull’s Resurgence

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Red Bull Racing has been on the Formula One scene since 2005. And in that time Red Bull has won four constructor championships while also having a driver in Sebastian Vettel win four Formula One Championships as well. But Red Bull began to slip when Vettel decided to leave in favor of Ferrari in 2014 with the last two years have been dominated by Mercedes and their marquis driver Lewis Hamilton. And even though that Mercedes will more than likely win both the driver and constructor championships here in 2016, Red Bull is closing the gap.

Daniel Ricciardo

When Vettel left Red Bull, it opened the door for Daniel Ricciardo to become the team’s marquis driver. In 2014, Ricciardo won three races as he finished third in the driver standings. But the gap between Ricciardo and the two Mercedes drivers in Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who finished ahead of him in the driver’s standings was huge. That large gap would get larger in 2015 as Ricciardo finished eighth in the driver’s standings, while Red Bull took fourth in the constructor’s standings as Mercedes was leaving them in the dust. And although that Hamilton and Rosberg are first and second here in 2016, that gap between Mercedes and Red Bull is shrinking.

Red Bull decided to make the change from Daniil Kvyat to the 18-year old Max Verstappen to team with Ricciardo for the fifth race of the year in the Spanish Grand Prix. The race in Barcelona was highlighted by Hamilton and Rosberg crashing at the beginning of the race which left things up for grabs as far as who the winner would be. And it was Verstappen who turned heads on the track that day as he made his Formula One debut in a very loud fashion by winning the race. Since the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercdes has won each race, but Red Bull has been there with them on the podium which was highlighted by Ricciardo and Verstappen taking second and third respectively yesterday at the German Grand Prix. Ricciardo is currently 65 points behind Rosberg for second place in the driver’s standings. But with the current struggles of Rosberg who took fourth yesterday on his home soil of Germany, there is the possibility that Ricciardo could catch him for second place by season’s end. Mercedes will more than likely win the constructor’s championship once again, but Red Bull is currently in second place with their chief competition being Ferrari. This is the same Ferrari team that Vettel left Red Bull for as he felt that they were on their way down.

But the future of Red Bull is bright with the racing ability of Ricciardo and Verstappen who are guided by the team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey and they could be ready to make a surge in the second half of the season.

After yesterday’s race, the action on the track will cool down for the summer break as the next race won’t take place until August 28 in Belgium. But Red Bull has plenty of momentum for themselves as they will look to continue battling Mercedes for podium spots and prestige on the Formula One circuit.

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Hamilton Versus Rosberg

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As the old saying goes, the wolf that is climbing the mountain is always going to be hungrier than the wolf that is already at the top. But what if the wold that is at the top isn’t ready to relinquish his spot? Midway through the 2016 Formula One Season, there is a fierce battle going on between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the race track. Rosberg and Hamilton are two of the top drivers on the Formula One circuit with Hamilton being a three-time series champion. Hamilton has won the last two Formula One Championships with Rosberg being the runner up. Rosberg and Hamilton were childhood friends while they also are racing under the Mercedes banner. But don’t expect Hamilton and Rosberg to be exchanging recipes for beef wellington or bratwurst anytime soon as there is a war taking place each time that these “teammates” take the track.

Lewis Hamilton

When Hamilton clinched the 2015 Formula One Championship last year at the United States Grand Prix, Rosberg wasn’t overwhelmingly thrilled to see his teammate win as he wants what Hamilton has.

And when the 2016 Formula One Season began, it appeared that the wolf that was climbing the mountain was going to get what he wanted as Rosberg won the first four races on the season which dovetailed his strong finish in 2015 where he won the final three races. Rosberg’s strong start saw him putting some distance between himself and Hamilton in the driver standings for 2016 and it appeared that he was well on his way to first Formula One Title.┬áBut Rosberg’s advantage began to dissipate at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was the pole sitter for the race with Rosberg second and things appeared ready for another one-two finish for Mercedes. However on the opening lap of the race, Hamilton and Rosberg collided and both cars were forced to retire which frustrated the race stewards and the powers that be at Mercedes. It appeared that Rosberg and Hamilton had kissed and made up, but the overall competitive fire in each driver would make that peace treaty appear to simply be window dressing.

Since the incident in Spain, Rosberg only has a single victory to his credit while Hamilton has three including the Austrian Grand Prix which took place this past Sunday.

With two laps remaining, Rosberg had victory within his grasp and Hamilton was the frustrated driver as he felt that Rosberg was running on better tires for the rainy conditions. But as Rosberg was attempting to hold off Hamilton, the two drivers collided which led to Hamilton’s car going off of the course. However there was more damage that was done to Rosberg’s car which paved the way for Hamilton to win the race, while Rosberg was completely left off of the podium due to his fourth-place finish.

Toto Wolff

The crash between Hamilton and Rosberg led Mercedes team operator Toto Wolff to become frustrated in the pit area, and afterward he acknowledged that this behavior between the two drivers must stop. Hamilton’s controversial victory brought out the boo birds in Austria as race fans were not excited to see him get the win. Both Rosberg and Hamilton went as far to point fingers at each other, while Mercedes went into full cover up mode and cited a brake issue with Rosberg’s car.

But at this point Mercedes is simply trying to put lipstick onto a pig if they believe that there is not an issue between each driver. The main problem is that there can only be one championship handed out at the end of the Formula One Season, and Rosberg is tired of living in the large shadow that Hamilton has cast. Make no mistake about it that Hamilton is the face of Formula One as he is the most popular driver on the circuit. Hamilton loves to party on both sides of the pond as he has been known to frequent big cities in the United States such as New York City. Hamilton’s popularity and buzz has been known to bring out the celebrities to the race course which was seen this past May when he won the Grand Prix of Monaco where Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh and shooting guard Dwyane Wade, along with actress Gabrielle Union, and musician Justin Bieber were there to greet him at the finish line. And whereas Rosberg wants what Hamilton has, the defending champ isn’t willing to give it up which has resulted in the issues have spilling over to the track.

Luckily that neither driver have been seriously injured due to their follies on the track, but Hamilton and Rosberg could eventually due bodily harm to other drivers on the track as their aggression is going get someone hurt if it is not soon curbed.

Rosberg’s current contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2016 Formula One Season, and although it is likely that he re-signs, Ferrari is interested in his services as they are looking to close the gap on Mercedes.

 

Nico Rosberg

After Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix, Rosberg’s lead in the driver standings was cut to just 11 points over Hamilton with 12 races remaining which should make for an exciting second half of the circuit. But Wolff and Mercedes must provide some serious intervention between now and the next race which is the British Grand Prix that will take place this Sunday at Silverstone. And whereas Hamilton got an icy reception this past Sunday, it won’t be the same if he were to win in front of thousands of fans that will be waving the Union Jack of his native Great Britain.

 

Just when people thought that there wasn’t any excitement on the Formula One circuit, they have a ringside seat to the battle of the titans between Hamilton and Rosberg where neither is ready to concede to the other.

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A Man On A Mission

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Nico Rosberg has paid his dues as a Formula One driver. Rosberg made his Formula One debut in 2006 and it took him until 2012 to win his first career race when he won the Chinese Grand Prix. Steadily Rosberg continued to chip away, and by 2009 he finished ninth in the driver standings. In 2012, Rosberg joined the famed Mercedes AMG Petronas Team. But a year later, the same Mercedes team would sign Lewis Hamilton who had already one Formula One Championship to his credit and he would immediately become the face of Mercedes in Formula One. The last two years would see Hamilton win the Formula One Title with Rosberg in second place. And although that Rosberg and Hamilton are teammates, there was an outward frustration from him as he was tired of taking a backseat to a driver that was the new face of Formula One.

When Hamilton won the Formula One Title last year, he did so with three races remaining in the season which took away from the romanticism of the circuit. But just because Hamilton had already begun pouring the champagne, it didn’t mean that Rosberg should have stopped working.

Rosberg would be the pole sitter for the final six races in 2015, but he had to watch Hamilton take home the checkered flag in the first three races over that stretch. However Rosberg would get to the winner’s circle in the final three races of the season which allowed him to take some momentum into the off-season.

The momentum that Rosberg had at the end of 2015 has carried over to 2016 as he is the one that has won the first two races of the season in dominating fashion with Hamilton taking a backseat in second. It’s also been a role reversal as Hamilton has now been the pole sitter to start the races, but it is Rosberg who has been getting to the winner’s circle. Overall, Rosberg has won the last five Formula One races as he is looking to emerge from the large shadow the Hamilton has created at Mercedes in order to establish his own legacy on the circuit.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg

Rosberg might not show the same outward exuberance towards Hamilton when he wins due to the fact that he is hungry for what the defending champ has as the wolf that is climbing the mountain is already hungrier that the one that is already at the top. Last year Rosberg finished second in a race on seven occasions, and although that there’s much joy for a driver to reach the podium, you still want to have your country’s national anthem played last.

Rosberg shares the same Mercedes garage with Hamilton along with being under the banner that has won the last two constructors championships on the circuit, but he is not there to just be recognized globally as Hamilton’s teammate as a championship in 2016 would go a long way in getting him the much needed respect that he deserves.

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Hamilton Is Making It Look Real Easy

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2014 was a tremendous year for Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton won his second Formula One Championship while he also managed to date Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. And as 2015 is nearly one-third into the record books, Hamilton literally hasn’t taken his foot off of the pedal. Hamilton is on the verge of signing a new lucrative deal to continue racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team as they cannot afford to lose him to Ferrari who would love to have another star driver. And now Hamilton is off of to a blazing start on the race track in his quest for his third Formula One Championship.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton has won three of the first four races this season while he also took second place at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s hot start has him in ownership of the top spot in the driver standings as he has a 27-point lead over second place driver Nico Rosberg who also happens to be his Mercedes teammate. And Hamilton has recently been dominating in the same fashion similar to some legends of Formula One such as former driver Michael Schumacher and current driver Sebastian Vettel.

After making the jump to Formula One in 2007, Hamilton has always been one of the circuit top drivers and now at the age of 30, he is figuring it all out to dominate each race. The Mercedes team which is led by the likes of engineering director Aldo Costa has and will continue to give Hamilton one the best cars on the circuit. To me Hamilton’s contract status has nothing to do with his strong racing as he has just been that good. But with eighty percent of the Formula One season still to be determined, Hamilton is well on his way to becoming the tenth driver in the history of the circuit to claim at least three Formula One Championships.

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A Second Title Is In The Grasp Of Lewis Hamilton

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It didn’t take driver Lewis Hamilton that long to make a name for himself on the Formula One circuit. Hamilton made his debut in 2007 and he won four races. That year Hamilton would miss out on the Formula One Championship by one point to Kimi Raikkonen, but he served notice that he would be a player on the circuit in the coming years. In 2008, Hamilton would build off of his success from his rookie campaign as he became the first black and also the youngest driver in history to win the Formula One Championship. The past five years have seen have seen Hamilton become one of the top drivers on the Formula One circuit as he finished fourth or fifth in the driver standings in each year. However Hamilton was never able to overtake Sebastian Vettel who has won the last four Formula One Titles. But this year is shaping up to be a different case for Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton

With one race to go in the Formula One season, Hamilton is in first place with a 17-point lead over his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 teammate Nico Rosberg while Vettel is nearly 200 points behind him in fourth place and he can taste his second championship.

After failing to finish the Australian Grand Prix to begin the season, Hamilton would get it going by winning the next four races. Arguably Hamilton’s greatest triumph of 2014 came on July 6 when the native Brit won the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England in front of his fellow countrymen. To his credit Hamilton has won 10 races this season and the only incidents in which he failed to reach the podium were at the Australian,Monaco and Austrian Grands Prix when he was unable to finish each race. But for Hamilton and the men that are running the Mercedes AMG Petronas team that includes technical director Bob Bell, engineering director Aldo Costa, and technology director Geoffrey Willis, they are sitting pretty heading into the final race of the season next Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes team has given Hamilton a terrific car all season long to race in and he has also previously won the Abu Dhabi Prix in 2011 which must be in the back of his mind as he prepares. Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg is currently second in the points standings and with Daniel Ricciardo 120 points behind Hamilton in the standings in third place, he should be able to secure his second Formula One Championship.

Incessant racism by some ignorant fans in Europe nor top drivers such as Raikkonen, Vettel, or Ricciardo have been able to slow down Hamilton this year and when it is all said and he’ll be able to see his name alongside those of Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, and Jim Clark as drivers from England who can claim multiple Formula One Championships.

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