Mercedes looked in confident mood in China on Friday morning, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finishing first and third. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen split them in the times, but did so on the quickest ultrasoft tyre – which neither silver car used.
There were mixed fortunes on day two of pre-season testing as Mercedes and Red Bull clocked up significant mileage but F1 rivals McLaren encountered more difficulties.
Sebastian Vettel has a clear lead in the drivers’ championship after winning a tense 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix from Lewis
Bottas’s maiden pole comes in only his third race for Mercedes and his … Toto Wolff was also full of praise for Bottas, saying his qualifying performance … as he seeks his first race win, his best previous results being the pair of
Renault have revealed their new car, with drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer taking the wraps of the R.S.17 at an unveiling ceremony in the UK on Tuesday.
One thing’s for sure, having taken a drivers’ and constructors’ double for the past three seasons, there will be no shortage of interest in the spare seat. But with all of the most experienced drivers already tied down, Mercedes will find it extremely tough to find a driver approaching Rosberg’s calibre.
ico Rosberg dominated Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix as team mate Lewis Hamilton fought his way up from 10th on the grid to secure a Mercedes one-two in Sochi Finally, Max Verstappen pulled off track on lap 34 with reported engine problems on his Toro Rosso.