Hamilton had a puncture in Oz – but it wasn’t in a tyre!

LONDON, England – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton apparently did ”a fantastic job” to get what turned out to be a damaged car to the end of Sunday’s 2019 Australian F1 GP. The opinion came from Mercedes’ chief strategist, James Vowles, and was reported by Reuters. Hamilton started on pole but finished second behind team mate Valtteri…

Naughty fastest-lap point anchors Bottas in F1 history

LONDON, England – Valtteri Bottas, perhaps in revolutionary mode, not only won the first F1 GP of 2019 on Sunday but also made history in the sport by setting the fastest race-lap time to bank what one day might be a crucial extra point for doing so. He also, apparently, ignored team orders to ”play…

Ferrari unveils 2019 Formula 1 cars with vow to win

MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 cars, machines the automaker hopes will end an era of Mercedes dominance on tracks around the world. The team also, Reuters reported, says the cars were designed to end an era of Mercedes domination ”and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dream of a sixth championship”. The sport’s…

World premières for TWO SA-bound Mercedes-Benz

CES premières: Mercedes-Benz EQC and Vision Urbanetic Also on show the next Mercedes CLA – both for SA Cabin car tech set to go way upmarket for 2019 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and /LAS VEGAS,Nevada – Daimler’s trade fair exhibition at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas running until Jan 11 will focus…

Mercedes F1 team boss promises plenty to cheer about

LONDON, England –  Formula 1 fans, according to champion team Mercedes, will have plenty to cheer about through 2019 even if the three-pointed star again dominates for another year. Many, however, will be rooting for the underdogs. Mercedes has won both driver (Hamilton, five times!) and team titles ever since the V6 turbo hybrid era…

‘Michael in the very best of hands’ – family

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has assured fans that he is being well cared-for as they prepare to celebrate his 50th birthday on Jan 3 2019. Schumacher quit racing in 2012 then incurred severe head injuries in a skiing fall five years ago. He’s been under specialist care…

Auto genius Gordon Murray makes UK New Year Honours list

Gordon Murray in Queen Elizabeth’s Honours List 50 years of automotive design gets royal recognition 20 years in F1 and designing the McLaren F1 LONDON, England – Automotive designer and engineer (now professor) Gordon Murray has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 New Year Honours list. ”The accolade,”…

Meet the eco-Gelandy: Third version of latest Merc overlander

Going off-road – but ‘economically’ Third version of Gelandewagens coming Lift off and clutch disengages to ‘freewheel’ STUTTGART, Germany –  The first units of the latest Mercedes G-Class have, the automaker says, ”been conquering the world’s off-road trails since mid-2018” but now the engine range has been expanded to include a less-thirsty diesel. The newbie’s…

Merc AMG A 35 4Matic: Small is beautiful – and fast

Merc thinks small – but does superhot Two-litre AMG engine makes, er, read on… …and the limiter comes in at 250km/h AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic (combined fuel consumption about 7.4-7.3 litres/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 169-167 g/km) is now available for order in Europe. The heart of the ”entry-level” AMG…

Mercedes names its new hypercar: simply, ‘Mercedes-AMG One’

Yes, it’s real – the AMG hypersupercar Supercar from Mercedes ready for Paris show Road and track done – now it’s a truck ride AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG ONE. That’s now officially the name of Mercedes-Benz’ future hypercar as it’s prepared for it ”reveal” at the 2018 Paris auto show. AMG says the  badging represents the…

Baby driver? Here’s a new and super-hot tot on the block

New model opens ‘world of driving performance’ AMG thinks even smaller for bigger performance Turbo engine, 225kW / 400Nm at your command AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG says it has created a new entry-level A35 AMG built for driving performance yet based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform. It’s powered by a new two-litre, four-cylinder,…

Hamilton hits the big four-oh under Singapore lights

SINGAPORE – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton gave another masterclass here on Sunday (Sept 16) with an easy win from the Singapore F1 GP after starting from pole. He is now 40 points clear of his nearest title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – and there are still six GP’s to go. Comparative newcomer Max Verstappen (Red Bull)…