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McLaren Mercedes Is Back!

It has been a pretty bad year for the Mercedes-Benz factory Formula One team. Until now the only bright spot for Mercedes-Benz fans had been the performance of the Mercedes powered Brawn GP cars. With Lewis Hamilton’s dominating win in Hungary last weekend it looks like McLaren Mercedes is back on top. It’s a little late in the season but it looks like we’ll have a lot more to cheer for in the upcoming races

F1 2009 – The Year of the Sebastien

With the announcement that four time Champ Car Champion Sebastien Bourdais will be returning to the Toro Rosso team, 75% of the drivers for Red Bull’s two Formula One teams will now share the same name.



Bourdais

Vettel

Buemi


In addition to employing 100% of the F1 drivers named Sebastien, Red Bull also makes great promotional animations like the one they did for the first night race in Singapore. Now they have released a great overview of the many changes coming to Formula One in 2009.


I’ll always be a Mercedes fan but Red Bull is definitely the underdog that I love to cheer for. For more info on their teams check out www.RedBullRacing.com.

More Formula One – Mercedes-Benz.tv

VodaFone McLaren Mercedes 2009 Launch

VodaFone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 Launch 2009 Formula One

2008 was a great season for our Formula One team. Our top driver, Lewis Hamilton, won his first drivers championship and the team made a great comeback from the controversy of the 2007 season.

The changes to the rules for the 2009 season are the most significant in several years and as a result the cars will look quite a bit different. The largest change can be seen in the updated rear wing that appears to be about half the size of last years. The new rules limiting the aerodynamics of the cars have added an interesting new feature in that driver adjustable front wing flaps will be legal for 2009. While this brings F1 cars one step closer to the airplanes they share so much technology with, it will also provide one more area for an amazing driver like Lewis Hamilton to show off his skills.

2009 will also see the introduction of the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) to Formula One. These systems will store the energy used slow the car and then allow it to be used later for increased acceleration. The KERS device on the new McLaren Mercedes will be able to provide a boost of 80hp for 6.7 seconds per lap. Depending on the circuit this will decrease lap times by 0.3 to 0.5 seconds.

It’s only 67 days till the first race of the 2009 season in Melbourne, Australia. I can’t wait!

VodaFone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 Launch 2009 Formula One

Lewis Hamilton – 2008 Formula One World Champion

Singapore Night Race

If Formula One and night race aren’t enough to get you to watch next weekend maybe this will help. (Don’t mind Alonso at the beginning. He’ll be lucky to make it out of Q1 next weekend. Something must be wrong with his money because he sure isn’t concentrating on his driving…)

Less Than A Week Until The First Formula One Night Race!

Here is a video on the modifications our team is making for this race. Pretty funny…

Belgian Grand Prix

Wow! What a finish! After qualifying in first position, Lewis Hamilton spun in the early laps of the race and seemed to have settled in for a second place finish behind Kimi Raikkonen that would have maintained his first place position in the driver’s championship. Then…

What a pass! Lewis went on to take the win with Felipe Massa in second and Nick Heidfeld in third.

— Or so we thought —

The FIA has penalized Lewis 25 seconds for the cutting the chicane before passing Kimi. Lewis came out ahead and since you can’t gain an advantage by cutting the corner, Lewis let Kimi pass then re-passed him (like he was standing still). It’s not his fault Kimi put it in the wall because he can’t drive in the rain. :) This is all FIA politics. Things are only illegal if you hurt Ferrari doing them… Lewis finished in third place and remains the championship leader with 5 races to go.

Heikki Kovalainen Gets First Formula 1 Win!


Lewis and Heikki qualified first and second respectively for today’s F1 race at the Hungaroring putting them both in position for a great finish. On the start Felipe Massa’s Ferrari jumped into the lead from third on the grid. Our drivers were maintaining second and third place until Lewis got a flat tire and lost a lot of time getting back to the pit lane. Lewis rejoined the field in 10th with enough fuel to finish the race. Through the next cycle of pit stops Lewis moved up to 5th where he would finish the race. With two laps to go the engine in Felipe Massa’a Ferrari gave up allowing Heikki to take the lead and the win. This was Heikki’s first F1 win and he became the 100th driver in F1 history to win a grand prix. Massa’s failure to finish also allowed Lewis to maintain the lead in the driver’s championship. The McLaren Mercedes team also narrowed the gap in the constructor’s championship, to first place Ferrari, to just 11 points.

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