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Mercedes: F1 tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas' Imola Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Hamilton: Red Bull has better set of F1 strategy cards to play at Imola

Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull strategically holds “better cards” heading into Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with its drivers starting behind the world champion on different tyres. 

Allison doesn't want Mercedes F1 team boss role - Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that James Allison has made it clear that he doesn't want to one day be the team principal at the Brackley outfit.

Bottas "couldn’t trust rear-end" of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear-end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain "sting"

Mercedes says the "sting" of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Mercedes F1 drivers "a lot happier" with W12 car at Imola

Mercedes’ Formula 1 drivers were left feeling “a lot happier” with their W12 Formula 1 car after taking 1-2 finishes in Friday practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Bottas "lost count" of set-up changes made in pre-Imola sim test

Valtteri Bottas says he “lost count” of the number of set-up items he worked through during a recent simulator session to better understand Mercedes’ tricky new Formula 1 car.

Russell rubbishes rumour of rift with Hamilton after Sakhir GP

George Russell has dismissed suggestions he was no longer on speaking terms with Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton after deputising for Mercedes last year, saying their relationship is unchanged.

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Wolff doubts Bottas came close to F1 retirement after team orders

Toto Wolff doubts Valtteri Bottas came close to retiring from Formula 1 following Mercedes’ use of team orders over two years ago after the Finn’s claim on Netflix.

Mercedes faces "tricky" decision over 2021 vs 2022 development split

Mercedes admits it will face some ‘tricky decisions' over the next few weeks about when to switch off development of its 2021 Formula 1 car to focus on next year.

Vandoorne: Rome Formula E win "redemption" for Mercedes

Stoffel Vandoorne says his win in the second Rome E-Prix counts as “redemption” and validates the work of the Mercedes Formula E team during the pandemic.

Rome E-Prix: Vandoorne survives Rowland challenge to take pole

Mercedes racer Stoffel Vandoorne scored his third Formula E pole for the Rome E-Prix after a brief wall tap denied Nissan's Oliver Rowland in the dying moments of his run.

Russell: Mercedes likely has same wind sensitivity issues as Williams

George Russell believes Mercedes is “potentially in the same boat” as Williams with a wind sensitivity issue on its 2021 Formula 1 car that hurt its performance in Bahrain.

Mercedes reshuffles F1 technical team, Allison promoted to CTO

Mercedes has announced a reshuffle of its Formula 1 technical department, with technical director James Allison set to move into a new role and step away from day-to-day responsibilities.

Mercedes has to be "perfect" everywhere to beat Red Bull

Mercedes needs to be "smarter" and "perfect" if it wants to beat Red Bull across the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Wolff feels same 2013 ‘pump’ at Mercedes, clarifies Brown comments

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Red Bull challenge has left his Formula 1 team ‘pumped’ like it hasn’t been since before its first title in 2014.

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Wolff: Nobody foresaw hostility between F1 rivals Hamilton and Rosberg

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff did not foresee hostilities between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, saying there was historical context "none of us knew, and will never know."

Mercedes hopes to find F1 gains from augmented reality push

Mercedes believes it could gain an edge over its Formula 1 rivals by using augmented reality to improve communication between its factory and the race track.

Hamilton warns Red Bull "could be ahead a lot more" in F1 2021 battle

Lewis Hamilton is pleased Formula 1 fans are excited by a Mercedes against Red Bull title fight but warns that Max Verstappen’s squad could “be ahead a lot more” after Bahrain. 

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Mercedes: Switch to high-rake concept would write off F1 2021 campaign

Mercedes says switching its car to a high-rake concept this year to overcome downforce losses would make the 2021 Formula 1 season a 'write-off'.

Hamilton: Bahrain win a "chance to prove people wrong"

Lewis Hamilton reckons his 2021 Bahrain victory with the race’s second-best car was a “chance to prove people wrong” regarding suggestions his Formula 1 wins are primarily down to machinery.  

Verstappen ‘would smash’ Hamilton at Mercedes, says Piquet

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet believes Max Verstappen would “smash” Lewis Hamilton if he were driving alongside him at Mercedes.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Mercedes fears F1 car won't be quick enough at Imola, Portugal

Mercedes fears that it will not be good enough to take on Red Bull at the next Formula 1 races at Imola and Portimao, despite its Bahrain Grand Prix win.

The calls that decided Hamilton and Verstappen's Bahrain battle

Fastest in every session, all signs pointed towards Red Bull and Max Verstappen starting the 2021 F1 season with a victory. That it didn't pan out that way, and Lewis Hamilton scored a surprising win, owes much to an aggressive Mercedes strategy and a pre-race tyre selection that Verstappen would later question

Wolff: F1 track limit rules must be clear and not ‘a Shakespeare novel’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clarify its track limit rules after Bahrain Grand Prix controversy and feels it must be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Hamilton: Final few laps of F1 Bahrain GP were "horrifying"

Lewis Hamilton says the final laps of his late Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix duel with Max Verstappen were "horrifying", as he feared keeping the Red Bull behind was impossible.

Mercedes “losing a little bit” with engine derating issue at Bahrain GP

Mercedes has revealed that its deficit to Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix is not being helped by engine derating issues around the Sakhir track.

Hamilton: F1 floor rule changes introduced to ‘peg back’ Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says "it's no secret" that the rear-floor rule changes brought in for the 2021 Formula 1 season "have been done to peg Mercedes back".

Why Hamilton has taken action on human rights

Lewis Hamilton's recent emergence as the conscience of Formula 1 has put a spotlight on his views on many issues. But why has the seven-time world champion taken up the mantra of human rights?

Why F1's 2021 rules hurt low rake Mercedes more

Mercedes' confirmation that it believes its low rake car concept has been hit hardest by Formula 1's 2021 aero rule change has added an interesting dynamic to the title battle.

Improved Mercedes team facing Bahrain F1 "dogfight" with Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes his team will face a dogfight with Red Bull at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the W12 car was "inconsistent" in practice

Red Bull been through "pain" of F1 cost cap redundancies

Red Bull has revealed it's been "through the pain of redundancies" to adhere to Formula 1's new 2021 budget cap, amid fears costly sprint races could force further staff reductions.

Mercedes: Low-rake concept affected more by new F1 aero rules

Mercedes says its low-rake concept has been hurt more by Formula 1’s new aero rules than Red Bull’s alternative design, but says it cannot change tack now.

McLaren F1 boss predicts Verstappen-Russell at Mercedes in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has predicted that Max Verstappen and George Russell will form an all-new line-up at Mercedes in 2022, replacing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton: 2021 doesn’t feel like my final season in F1

Lewis Hamilton does not feel like the 2021 season will be his last in Formula 1, despite the ongoing uncertainty about his long-term future.

Mercedes unsure how much performance it has recovered since F1 testing

Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes does not know if it has recovered any performance in its work to understand the car handling issues it suffered in 2021 Formula 1 pre-season testing.

Is this Red Bull’s best chance to beat Mercedes? Plus

Is this Red Bull’s best chance to beat Mercedes?

If the winner of pre-season testing can turn its early form into a season-long challenge, then the hegemony of F1’s top team could genuinely be under threat. Both teams are talking up the other as the 2021 season approaches its start, which could mean everything - and nothing

Russell reveals the Mercedes mindset he's brought back to Williams

George Russell says ramping up his attention to detail at the Williams Formula 1 team was one of the main things he brought back from his one-off experience with Mercedes.

Russell: Sakhir performance gives me more confidence for 2021

George Russell believes he is entering the new Formula 1 season with greater confidence and self-belief following his one-off appearance for Mercedes at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix.

Hamilton shuffles his F1 management team after Hynes's exit

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is set to restructure the close-knit management team he works with, following the departure of long-time right hand man Marc Hynes.

Action not slogans will define anti-racism push in 2021, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton feels encouraged by Formula 1 plans to further its push to improve diversity in 2021, but says the focus must be on actions over slogans this year.

Mercedes: No immediate answers for "weak" rear end of W12 F1 car

Mercedes says it had no immediate answers for what caused the rear-end of its W12 Formula 1 car to be so unstable through pre-season testing, calling it "weak".

Vettel confident Mercedes will bounce back after troubled test

Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes will bounce back from its pre-season Formula 1 testing woes by the first race, despite lacking the "mileage miracle" it had in recent years.

Hamilton: "No-one can come close" to Murray Walker

Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker following his death on Saturday, saying “no-one can come close”.

Mercedes: Data shows we’re not as quick as Red Bull after F1 testing

Mercedes says it has its "work cut out" for the new Formula 1 season after its testing data showed it is not as quick as Red Bull over race runs.

Verstappen refusing to read into Mercedes’ F1 test struggles

Max Verstappen is refusing to read into Mercedes' struggles through Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, saying Red Bull is not the favourite heading into the opening race.

Bottas: Mercedes W12 F1 has "snappy and unforgiving" rear end

Valtteri Bottas says the rear end of Mercedes’ new Formula 1 car for 2021 is proving to be “quite snappy and unforgiving” through pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Hamilton: ‘No point getting worried’ over low F1 test mileage

Lewis Hamilton says there is “no point getting worried” over Mercedes’ mileage after suffering setbacks on the first two days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Bottas returns Mercedes to the top on second day of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led the way on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, beating AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly in a rapid afternoon session.

Mercedes "quite a way behind" F1 test programme after setbacks

Mercedes has revealed it is “quite a way behind” in its Bahrain Formula 1 pre-season testing programme, as trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin lamented a "poor start" on Friday.

Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover after ‘not ideal’ F1 test start

Valtteri Bottas is hopeful Mercedes will be able to recover the mileage lost on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing after suffering some setbacks in Bahrain.

McLaren set to share Mercedes F1 reserves again

McLaren will continue to share reserve drivers with Mercedes in Formula 1 this year as part of a continued agreement between the two teams.

Mercedes: Early Bahrain gearbox issue ‘came out of nowhere’

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the outfit's early gearbox issue on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing “came out of nowhere” and is yet to be fully understood.