Looking forward, Hamilton needs to look behind him

OK, so let's take stock with whats left.  What might be in store for the world championship? RAI Average points haul over the last 15 races is 9.2 points. If he was to step up to VET's average of 16.4 FER (a big ask) it would still be almost mathematically impossible to fight for the lead or hope to secure a constructors championship.  BOT has just been too strong.  We, therefore, assume team orders will be implemented and RAI will become little more than a wingman for Ferrari and Vettel.

Burning Oil in F1. Why do it, what does it achieve, and how to do it?

Fuel blends are very heavily guarded and regulated.  The rules also change as teams with clever boffins in dark rooms find ways of “entering into the spirit” of the FIA law.  Regulations have also changed on fuel for 2018 (most notably diolefins that likely reduce combustion temperature and so be more predictable) These additives ARE however in the Oil the cars use.

Lewis Hamilton came to Austria knowing of a 5 place grid penalty

BREAKING: A document issued by the FIA on tonight (Friday evening) confirmed the change. The standard penalty would be five grid positions. We are not sure when the gearbox change happened at this stage, but we do know the FIA have stated Hamilton came to Austria fully aware of the penalty after Mercedes notified the FIA on Tuesday morning

GP3 George Russell picked for both Mercedes F1 allocated rookie days

Is set to take up both of only two possible in season testing days at the Hungaroring which means Mercedes must be more than just keen to see what the GP3 front-runner can do behind the wheel of a W08. The date set is August 1st and 2nd

Lap of Silverstone onboard with Hamilton in a Mercedes-AMG C63

Ride on board with Lewis at Silverstone as he takes F1 commentator David ‘Crofty’ Croft for a spin in the mighty Mercedes-AMG C63.

Mansell – 2017 title is now a “Race On Development”

Underdogs do not achieve 60 poles of the last 65 races.  Ferrari only ended a 21-race podium streak by Mercedes at Monaco (the fourth longest such run in the sport's history).

Mercedes will quit Formula 1 2018 – Eddie Jordan

Ex-Formula 1 owner Eddie Jordan and part time pundit believes Mercedes will quit Formula 1 at the end of next season and focus on developing engines. Jordan, in interview with Auto Bild, reckons that the current F1 outfit will walk away from F1 at the end of the 2018 season, he thinks they will "pull … Continue reading Mercedes will quit Formula 1 2018 – Eddie Jordan

No No1 Driver at Mercedes-AMG.

TOTO WOLFF - LONDON, June 6 (Reuters)   "It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver," he said. "They are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise on all of his weekends." "Valtteri has been doing a great job and I don't feel like we have to favour one over the … Continue reading No No1 Driver at Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes is now the underdog: Wolff

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, (in a statement released this morning) announced "Mercedes is now the underdog" in the 2017 Formula 1 world championship. This statement to Autosport reporters comes days after non executive director Niki Lauda made a similarly negative statement that suggested that should Vettel's prancing horse not go lame for at least … Continue reading Mercedes is now the underdog: Wolff

Vettel needs to retire at least once, otherwise it’s over – Lauda

These quotes are taken from a recent conversation between Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda and Austria's largest newspaper the Krone.