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McLAREN UNVEILS MP4-28 – EVOLUTION THROUGH HISTORY

McLaren unvailed MP4-28!!! Vodafone McLaren Mercedes launched its 2013 Formula 1 challenger and kicked off a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a spectacular parade of classic racing cars at the McLaren Technology Centre this morning. The parade brought to life a string of race- and championship-winning McLarens from across the decades, included 1970’s M8D CanAm sportscar, Emerson Fittipaldi’s iconic 1974 M23, Ayrton Senna’s dominant 1988 MP4/4, our 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, Mika Hakkinen’s MP4-13 car from 1998 and Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 MP4-23. The display culminated in the arrival of our 2013 race drivers, Jenson Button and Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez – who arrived driving a development model of our new McLaren P1TM sportscar and a 12C Spider, respectively. The display of classic McLarens was a timely reminder of the weight of history that constantly hangs over a team with such high expectations each and every season. Following such a winning pedigree is the aim and intention of each and every man and woman who comes to work at McLaren every day. And, for everyone involved in its inception, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 is the logical culmination of everything we’ve ever done: it’s the sum of 50 years’ experience, expertise and passion. The MP4-28 isn’t merely a refinement of last year’s seven-race-winning car, it’s a deep and sweeping re-design of an already successful chassis in several key areas – most notably around the nose and front suspension, the sidepod profiles and the rear bodywork.

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Lewis Hamilton shouldn’t get ‘intoxicated’ with stardom, warns Jackie Stewart

By ANI | ANI –  London, Jan. 31 (ANI): Three-time world racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart has warned Lewis Hamilton not to get “intoxicated” with his stardom and passion for music if he is to propel Mercedes to the front. Stewart believes the British Formula One racer will enjoy far greater freedom at Mercedes than he did at McLaren, who are renowned for making huge demands on their drivers for sponsor and media commitments. But Stewart said Hamilton could easily be distracted by his “super-cool” life away from the track, reports The Sun. Hamilton’s girlfriend is pop star Nicole Scherzinger, he boasts several top rappers as friends and it has been suggested he is keen to make his own music. Stewart said had he been Lewis, he wouldn’t have left McLaren. He said one has to be careful and not get carried away with his own importance and celebrity status. According to Stewart, what Lewis needs to do is have more consistently good drives, and he shouldn’t be distracted. Stewart said Hamilton will be closely watched and appraised by Merc team principal Ross Brawn, who has been used to working with one of the most devoted and methodical drivers of all time, Michael Schumacher. The pressure is on for both Hamilton and Brawn to deliver, given that Mercedes have scored just one victory in three years. Stewart said Merc’s parent company Daimler is only interested in success. (ANI) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Lewis Hamilton warned by Sir Jackie Stewart not to get carried away with own importance – F1

By Ian Parkes, Press Association PUBLISHED: 10:48 EST, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 EST, 29 January 2013 Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Lewis Hamilton not to get carried away with his own celebrity if he is to propel Mercedes forward this year. Hamilton last week embarked on a new era in his Formula One career at Mercedes after six seasons with McLaren, a team he initially joined at the age of just 13. There is no doubt Hamilton has taken a significant gamble, but the need to savour pastures new has been his driving force in signing up to the German manufacturing giant for the next three years. In black and white: Lewis Hamilton must find the right balance to win titles, according to Sir Jackie Stewart It is also almost certain Hamilton will enjoy greater freedom off track than was the case at McLaren, considering the emphasis placed on sponsorship commitments by the Woking-based marque on their drivers. However, three-times champion Stewart feels Hamilton needs to make sure such liberty does not go to his head. Hamilton can boast a pop-star girlfriend in Nicole Scherzinger and an array of friends from the music world, while there are suggestions he is planning on making his own music. Bearing in mind Hamilton’s desire to transform Mercedes into a winning team, Stewart is hoping the 28-year-old does not let his focus drift elsewhere. New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal Stewart said: ‘Personally, if I’d been Lewis, I wouldn’t have left McLaren. ‘But as a 28-year-old, he should know what he is doing now. ‘You just have to be damn careful you don’t get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating. ‘What Lewis needs to do is have more consistently good drives, never mind the mechanical issues, and he shouldn’t be distracted, something he should keep in the back of his mind. ‘It’s about who you hang out with, what you do in your off time, how you are committing your off time towards your real time – and your real time is being a racing driver.’ Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger Such efforts will be noticed by team principal Ross…

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Lewis Hamilton travels to chilly mountains for active break

By ANI | ANI –  London, Jan 29 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton is said to be pulling out all the stops to ensure he is in excellent condition for the daunting task of turning Mercedes into frontrunners by working out in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The 28-year-old Formula One ace posted a set of pictures of himself on Twitter, seemingly in the midst of a mountain top hike, following a gruelling training schedule ahead of his upcoming season with Mercedes having left Mclaren, the Daily Mail reported. One of the pictures shows the racing car driver in a log cabin staring pensively out of the window at the stunning alpine view. “Dream big, the skies not the limit its just a view (sic).” He tweeted. In the second shot, the 2008 world champion is kitted out in winter sports gear wearing a zip up woolly hoody, a beanie hat and combat-style trousers against a scenic backdrop. (ANI) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Photo: Lewis Hamilton’s first public appearance at Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton’s first public appearance at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has made his first appearance as a Mercedes driver.
He visited the AMG factory at Affalterbach in Germany where he spoke to staff and also appeared at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart.

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Photo: Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna my two favourite drivers just need a kimi Raikkonen one now. #motorsport #motorsport #race #racingdriver #grandprix #f1 #formula1 #formulaone #lewishamilton #hamilton #ayrtonsenna #senna #worldchampion #worldchampions #mcla

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Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna my two favourite drivers just need a kimi Raikkonen one now. #motorsport #motorsport #race #racingdriver #grandprix #f1 #formula1 #formulaone #lewishamilton #hamilton #ayrtonsenna #senna #worldchampion #worldchampions #mcla

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Lewis Hamilton: I want to emulate Michael Schumacher at Ferrari

The aim is clear. It is not enough to be regarded as a good driver. Lewis Hamilton wants to be a great driver, Michael Schumacher great, in fact. That is the challenge Hamilton has set himself at Mercedes, where he was unveiled before the Brackley staff for the first time. Hamilton insisted there had been not a moment’s regret since he declined a deal to stay at McLaren, a team with a proven winning pedigree. In six seasons at Woking Hamilton won 21 races, most of those in his first two years, during which he lost and won the world championship by a point. There is little of the Formula One experience that he has not tasted, save for the opportunity to shape a team. At McLaren he developed in a culture created by Ron Dennis. The move to Mercedes is in every sense a reaction to that stifling immersion.”I just want to try something different. I’m not scared to try new things. I really wanted a different experience. Michael went to Ferrari as champion, which was more positive. I like to think I could do something similar. He did it with a great group of people. I definitely feel I have joined a team with great people around me.”Part of this move is about achieving that next step. I could be a good driver but I want to be great. It could end badly, but I hope not. To be great is to work with this team to help turn them into one of the most successful in the sport. If I am able to do that it will be special.”Hamilton is still fighting the perception that his achievements were authored by a benevolent Dennis, bailing him out since the age of 13. The association did not hinder but the blithe assumption ignores the weight of the raw material he brought to the equation. Not for nothing does former team-mate Fernando Alonso, with whom Hamilton endured a radioactive first season in grand prix racing, regard him as his greatest rival, ahead of Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel. The feeling is mutual.”It’s a huge plus to have positive comments from Fernando. I felt I always had positive things to say about him but a lot of stuff just got in the way back then. We both perhaps said things we did not mean or in the heat…

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GOINGS ON AT MERCEDES

There have been a flurry of activities at Mercedes lately, an attempt to prop up the team as they have had a pretty bad 3 years since coming back as The Silver Arrows. One win and a couple of podiums is nothing to shout about with Ross Brawn at the top and Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher as drivers.Norbert Haug has been thrown out as Mercedes sets about to fix its problems. Next they have brought in 3 time F1 world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive chairman. He has organised the signing of Lewis Hamilton from McLaren to replace Schumacher. Then they convinced Toto Wolff to move from Williams taking an executive director role at Mercedes.To top it all off, now the rumours is that they are trying to get McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe over as well. Quite a bit of high ranking people assembled there, even Avengers like. A lot of people have a lot of different opinions about this, I’m still confused as I’m not really sure of Mercedes’ plans. Who does right? But it does seem that Mercedes is “hungry” for success, as Lewis Hamilton puts it.What do I think? I think Mercedes are making a big push for 2014. 2013 might be a bit too early to call it but as with most things in F1, it will take time and good positioning, like a good overtaking maneuver. They’re lining up for glory in 2014. Strong team, strong drivers, strong engine and hopefully good aerodynamics will definitely put them in a good position for 2014. Which is why Lewis Hamilton moved there in the first place.There is some good points that Sky pitlane reporter Ted Kravitz has pointed out. Ted is of course in the know as he is “embedded” in the pits. So he might be able to shed some light into the Mercedes story.”The last few weeks have seen some intense activity at the top of Mercedes GP team. And we’re only now starting to understand what’s been going on. I think the first point to be clear on is that Niki Lauda is in charge. He clearly doesn’t understand the non-executive part of his title, which is meant to be non-executive chairman because he’s been acting very much as an executive chairman. Ever since he joined the team, I understand that Lauda has even made it clear to Ross Brawn that Brawn…

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Lewis Hamilton hit by Mercedes in-fighting

By Jonathan McEvoy PUBLISHED: 16:14 EST, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:26 EST, 24 January 2013 Lewis Hamilton’s first official day as a Mercedes driver was overshadowed by infighting, denials and chaos that raise serious doubts over his supposed dream move. That is the inescapable conclusion despite the insistence of team principal Ross Brawn that he will not be replaced by McLaren engineer Paddy Lowe, whose services are sought by Mercedes’ German paymasters. Speaking at the team’s British base in Brackley, Brawn said: ‘Paddy’s not  coming, no. If I choose to leave then Paddy will come. We have a fall-back plan. Simple as that.’ New leaf: Hamilton insists he isn’t joining a team in turmoil But it is not, because Brawn, a key incentive in Hamilton’s decision to move to Mercedes from McLaren, is not his own boss. Instead Niki Lauda, the brusque and bombastic  three-time world champion, is reviewing the team’s operation at the behest of the Mercedes board in Stuttgart, where one victory in three seasons is seen as an inadequate return on their £500million investment. To recap briefly: Lauda has just brought in as executive director Toto Wolff, a 41-year-old fellow Austrian previously destined to take charge of Williams. Wolff, it seemed, had already agreed a deal with Lowe which would have seen him leave his £600,000-a-year job as technical director at McLaren to join  Williams, before making that Mercedes when he moved across. Confident: Lewis Hamilton addressed the Mercedes staff on Thursday This manoeuvring can only be interpreted as an attempted coup d’etat. Even if Brawn has won a reprieve in stalling Lowe’s incursion, the suspicion among well-placed figures is that Wolff and Lauda, who jointly have a 40 per cent stake in the team, will finally axe one of grand prix  racing’s greatest ever engineers.  Brawn was equivocal, even  contradictory, one moment  stating his expectation that he would stay, the next saying: ‘There are a lot of new ingredients and they have to settle down. I want to wait to make sure they are working well.’  He was reserving the right to walk away but not inviting the eventuality. ‘I am team principal,’ he added. ‘I am in charge of sporting, technical and racing matters. Toto’s coming in to look after the commercial activities – something I don’t want to  be involved in. Toto will be  doing a lot of things that are complementary.’ A lot,…

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