Mercedes F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have said that nothing will change in terms of the dynamics between them after Mercedes secured the Formula One Constructors ‘Championship.
The Silver Arrows clinched their first ever Constructors’ Championship after securing their ninth one-two finish in a campaign that they fully dominated at the first ever Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Hamilton took the chequered flag for the fourth successive race this season and his ninth overall in 2014, opening up a comfortable 17 point cushion ahead of teammate Rosberg with three races of the season left to go.
It had long been suggested that once Mercedes wrapped up the Constructors’ title, the two would take their feud to the next level as they try to secure the Formula One Drivers’ Championship for themselves.
The two long time friends have already been involved in several bust-ups already this season and their on field antics have also brought them unwarranted attention, especially after their battles in Spain, Bahrain and Monaco and most notably at Belgium where Rosberg collided with Lewis Hamilton.
But despite the circumstance that sees the two heading into United States, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, Hamilton has said that nothing will change the dynamics between the two saying that it doesn’t change anything and the same rules apply.
Hamilton said that they are both are racing as fast as they can and they are allowed to race as fast as they can and the two of them want to secure the maximum points they can for the team.
Rosberg said the same thing as he mentioned that until now, they have been allowed to fight and the same will happen for the next races and both he and Lewis Hamilton will push each other all the way till the end.
The Russian Grand Prix proved to be a very rewarding one for Lewis Hamilton. He had a very good race in the new race track and enjoyed the new challenges that came up to him. His team Mercedes is still at the top of the constructor’s table. He was closely followed by his team mate Nico Rosberg who was only about a fraction of a second behind Hamilton. However Valtteri Vottas missed out on a golden opportunity to clinch the win. H e was the leader for a greater part of the race but lost the momentum midway. Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of the situation and drove past him in style. He was very happy to take the pole position ultimately and said that he owed a lot of his success to his team. He has been truly outstanding this season and the contest with his own team mate has made the race a delight to watch.
Lewis Hamilton is set to remain in his team for the next season as well. H e looks satisfied with the team’s effort in his win. The earlier race in Suzuka was also won by him by some margin. It was one of the most difficult races of the season but Hamilton managed to come out on top. Fans and critics alike were happy to see him coming through such wet and tough conditions. But the celebrations were curtailed due to the mishap involving Jules Bianchi. The drivers were grief stricken at the terrible accident which he came across. Hamilton mentioned in the post match interview that he was very concerned about the fellow driver and wished him quick recovery. The fans were very pleased with his personal performance and will be looking forward to more such exhibitions from him in the near future.
Felipe Massa ended fifth in the Singapore Grand Prix after he drove for a marathon 38-lap final stint. He had to bring in all his experience on the plate after Williams decided not to bring him into the pit-stop for fresh pair of tyre during the safety car period.
Williams changed to a two pit-stop strategy for Massa after the safety car came out midway through the 60laps race. He had a quiet race in fifth but had to stretch out his prime stint instead of taking on fresh rubber, a strategy call he did not agree with at the time. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas collapsed late in the race following the same strategy but Massa held on to his position which according to him was a job next to impossible. Continue reading 'Massa finishes fifth at Singapore after 38-lap final stint'»
Vitaly Petrov is a former Formula One driver from Russia who participated in the sport between 2010 and 2012, therefore, becoming the first ever Russian driver in history to compete in the sport.
Unlike the path followed by most race car drivers, Petrov did not begin his racing career with go karts as there was very limited opportunities to go kart where he lived and it was not until 1998 that he began to race in motorsports, taking part in ice races and rally sprints.
In 2003, the Russian signed up for the Formula Renault Championships, taking his seat with Euronova Racing. Following the stint with Formula Renault, Petrov returned to Euronova Racing, this time in the Euroseries 3000, going on to finish third in the overall standings. During the same season, Vitaly Petrov made his debut in the GP2 Series.
So impressive was his stint in the GP2 Series that rumours began to circulate about an eventual move to Formula One and with no lack of financial backing, it was only a matter of time before he made the move to the biggest motorsport extravaganza in the world.
Before the start of the 2010 season of Formula One, the Russian was linked to teams like Campos, which would become the Hispania Racing team, Renault and Sauber. In the end, he was announced as a driver for Renault. He remained with the team even after its rebranding as Lotus Renault but after one more season, he moved to Caterham.
But with the team struggling to come up with a competitive car, Vitaly Petrov failed miserably and after a lacklustre season with the team, it was announced that he would be leaving the team for greener pastures.
He currently drives for Mercedes in the DTM or the German Touring Car Series.