As Formula 1 marked its 1000th race at the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend, it has long ago cemented its place at the very top of the motorsport food chain. There is not one serious racing driver that doesn’t dream of securing one of just 20 competitive seats inside an F1 car. But while these race cars are the absolute pinnacle of modern motor racing, being first and winning championships takes far more than just a fast driver. Formula 1 is the epitome of a team sport. Having now won five consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ championships, Mercedes-AMG remains the team to beat, even though early signs are that Ferrari may have finally produced a real contender for the Silver Arrows team in 2019. Mercedes-AMG has finished a dominant 1-2 in the first three races of the 2019 season (one win for Valtteri Bottas, two for Lewis Hamilton). But that dominance masks the fortune and massive challenges the team faces every single day. The drivers themselves are elite athletes. … [Read more...] about Inside Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 HQ: What it takes to win
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PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) recently announced a global search for a Trackside Fluid Engineer. What in the name of Karl Benz is a Trackside Fluid Engineer you might ask? Well, this is the engineer that will be hired by PETRONAS Lubricants International to provide onsite technical support on the performance of PETRONAS Fluid Technology Solutions™ for four-time FIA Formula One™ World Champions, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport on 7 July 2018. This will be the first time ever that PETRONAS Lubricants International is giving qualified, passionate, driven and responsive individuals from all around the world a chance to be among the technical specialists who make up the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport trackside support team. It could be one of you engineers here in Malaysia! PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS. PETRONAS, as most of you … [Read more...] about PETRONAS Lubricants International Announces Global Search for a Trackside Fluid Engineer to Provide Support for the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Formula 1 Team
There is a rumor being circulated by German Magazine Auto Bild that might be of particular interest to racing fans everywhere. That rumor: Porsche is coming back to Formula 1. That’s right- after another convincing win at the 24 Hours of LeMans earlier this month, Porsche seems to be setting its sights on other racing series. The all-electric Formula E series is particularly interesting, sure- but the budget there (even on the high side) is barely a tenth of what a full-fledged assault on Formula 1 would cost. Even so, Porsche execs will be sitting in at the next engine manufacturers’ meeting in Baku, where they’ll discuss future options with Renault, Mercedes, Ferrari, and Honda. Speaking of Honda, Porsche has to be looking their way. Especially since, after Honda’s very public failure since returning to the sport with McLaren back in 2015, would Porsche’s corporate masters at VW might be willing to take a similar risk of public failure Would they … [Read more...] about Is Porsche Really Planning a Formula 1 Comeback?
The next time that you're watching a Formula 1 race, make sure that you don't miss the Safety Car that's being deployed on track when one of those many crashes occurs. This, because the Mercedes AMG GT R that is being put into use in the 2018 season of Formula 1 is officially the most powerful FIA F1 Safety Car of all time. The car, which has already been done duty at the 2018 Australian GP, the season-opener, with Bernd Mayländer behind the wheel, is powered by an engine that makes 585 PS. The car is capable of hitting a top speed of 318 kmph too, which also makes it the fastest FIA F1 Safety Car of all time. The AMG GT R also features driving dynamics of the AMG GT3 racing car, which has spent a significant amount of its development time at the Nurburgring. Mercedes-AMG GT R - the Official F1 Safety Car 2018 Mercedes-AMG has stated in an official release, that this is the first time that so much motorsport technology has made it onto a production car, in this case the AMG GT R. … [Read more...] about Meet the most powerful Formula 1 Safety Car ever
It’s finally official – 2017 will be the final year of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, and no further F1 races will be held from 2018 onwards. This was confirmed by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as well as a statement posted on the race series’ official website. The premier announced that the Cabinet has agreed to end the F1-hosting contract citing poor returns for the country relative to the cost of organising the event. “In the early stages of its organisation here, the F1 races helped to promote the country as a world-class sporting destination, as well as promoting Malaysia as a global tourist destination,” Najib said. “However, it is time that the government review the organisation of the F1 races by taking into account the changes which have taken place since we began organising it in 1999. This decision was made after taking into account reports and views from Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on the financial impact to all … [Read more...] about Malaysia to stop hosting Formula 1 from 2018