Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

"I can only imagine the boys are on a high at the moment and they just need to continue to do that". Every incident needs to be looked at. We think that both failures were confined to the items which failed and they are both things which can be replaced without breaking into the sealed areas of the vehicle which attract sporting penalties.

But Hamilton said he was relishing the challenge from Ferrari - and the evolving Silverstone circuit.

Hamilton was kept out while all of his rivals pitted after Valtteri Bottas' retirement had caused a virtual safety auto to come in effect.

Hamilton is going for a fifth straight victory and a record sixth overall in his home race, but the four-time world champion complained early on, "This track is the bumpiest I've ever been on".

"Some of them, for sure, are easier than others. There's a great energy about the team". What happened has brought us closer. He did it in his first race for us in Barcelona, if you remember.

The Melbourne race has been held on the penultimate weekend of March for the last two years but has been moved forward, to give the event space either side of the Moomba Festival and the start of the Australia Football League season.

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Their positioning skills when their opponents attacked ensured there was no trouble in clearing the danger. "He's very agile. Neymar picked up the ball wide and then ran straight nearly parallel to the goal, drawing away Mexico's defenders with him.

"Quali will be low fuel so probably going to try it again tomorrow, but today I tried and it wasn't possible".

"I really do feel like I have the best strategist team behind me", Hamilton said on Thursday. "It's how the sport should be in a sense, that you're squeezing more out of the cars and out of the drivers as well so I think it's not a bad thing". We have had far more success than failures.

"We really do win and lose as a team", added the Briton, who is out of contract at the end of the year but expected to agree a highly lucrative new deal, although Mercedes said there would be no contract announcement this weekend. The once-dominant team has not won a race since 2012 or stood on the podium since 2014. "It's a real privilege for me and I was just watching some of the replays of previous year and if you look at the end when it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Jack up there is always a great feeling". I don't like to put the blame somewhere else. "I don't get it guys".

"I think it's highly encouraging for Ferrari that they're in amongst the Mercedes" - Martin Brundle.

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide on Turn 13 but he managed to recover. Alonso denied he was calling the shots at McLaren, with his former race engineer Andrea Stella promoted to performance director and Brazilian Gil de Ferran, an Indy 500 victor with whom Alonso worked at Indianapolis in 2017, brought in as sporting director. "But as always, it's going to be close".

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