Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: Mercedes AMG

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Mercedes AMG

Team Score: A

Lewis Hamilton: A-
Nico Rosberg: A

Knocking on the door for greatness during the past couple of seasons of grand prix racing, the factory-backed Silver Arrows are once again at the top of the auto racing world. Having almost swept the 2014 Formula 1 season to date, the Mercedes AMG team appears nothing less than extraordinary; at least, that is the way it looks on paper. The 2014 Mercedes AMG organization has clearly hit on right areas of developing a car to conform with the season's all-new gasoline/electric powertrain rules. Possessing a total of 366 manufacturers' points after the German Grand Prix, the Mercedes AMG team has gathered almost double the amount of their closest competitor Red Bull Racing.

For the second year in a row, Mercedes AMG has fielded former world champion driver Lewis Hamilton alongside the energetic German pilot Nico Rosberg. After 10 races, Hamilton holds five grand prix wins and Rosberg has four victories. With one fewer retirement, the German driver currently claims an advantage in the drivers' points standing. In the midway point, both drivers have been jockeying for attention as the team's number one. In the 44 car, Lewis Hamilton was specifically brought into the team to capture championship performance on the track. Now that has apparently occurred, Hamilton's greatest foil is long time Mercedes AMG pilot Nico Rosberg. With the team since 2010, Rosberg won the team's first race in China back in 2012.

Improvements for Second-Half of 2014: The only force that can beat Mercedes AMG is Mercedes AMG. With a fairly evident rivalry between Rosberg and Hamilton, it will prove important that the organization keeps the team as a whole the paramount concern heading into the final nine events.

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