Tales from the paddock – Robert Wickens: “Edoardo will take our team forward”

Nov 16, 2016
Stuttgart

Big build-up to finale: The one-two victory for Mercedes AMG Petronas in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paulo means that the battle for the world title goes to the wire in Abu Dhabi. But before that, there is some important race action on the legendary street circuit of Macau...

  • This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG motorsport teams
  • Three questions for Robert Wickens
  • Social media news: What’s new online?
  • This week’s important dates and events

This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts

  • Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg make it a Silver Arrows one-two in the Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Australian Endurance Championship: Win for Craig Baird and Michael Almond in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand
  • Super GT: Tatsuya Kataoka and Nobuteru Taniguchi in third-place podium finish at Twin Ring Motegi

News snippets

StatAttack – Brazil: It’s been a long time coming for Lewis Hamilton. In his tenth Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Carlos Pace, the three-time world champion registered his first ever race win in the home country of his idol Ayrton Senna. Last weekend’s GP victory was the 52nd of his career and his ninth in the current season. Lewis’s team-mate Nico Rosberg rounded off a perfect weekend for the Silver Arrows by making it the seventh one-two win of the 2016 campaign. Hamilton’s tally of victories is now the second highest in the history of the top tier of motor racing. Only record world championship winner Michael Schumacher has more victories to his credit, namely 91. Earlier on Saturday, Hamilton secured the 60th pole position of his Formula 1 career. This puts him third in the list of All-Time Greats behind Schumacher (68) and F1 legend Ayrton Senna (65). Ahead of the season grand finale in Abu Dhabi (25th ‑ 27th November), Nico Rosberg has already wrapped up the 2016 Fastest Lap Award with six fastest laps.

Next stop Macau! The world’s top Formula 3 and GT drivers will be competing against each other next weekend on the legendary Guia street circuit to determine the destination of the FIA F3 World Cup and the FIA GT World Cup trophies. The reigning champions in both categories – Felix Rosenqvist and Maro Engel respectively – are powered by Mercedes-AMG engines. The Mercedes-AMG DTM driver from Sweden could become the first driver in the history of the competition to win the Macau Grand Prix three years in succession. Formula 1 stars of yesteryear such as Riccardo Patrese, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher also feature in the list of former winners in Macau.

Three questions for Robert Wickens

Robert, you’re testing in Portimao this week. How’s it going for you so far?

Robert Wickens: These are exciting times. I love it when we get to develop a car further, and the new regulations for the 2017 season give us a lot of possibilities in this regard. I find it incredibly thrilling. In this test week, we’ve set ourselves the goal of covering as many kilometres as possible. I drove 773 km on the first day alone. Obviously, it’s quite hard work, but at the same time very exciting. The new tyres are performing well and should make for some thrilling racing. The car also feels good considering that we are still in the early phase of development. There are another six months until the car is homologated. That fills me confidence at the moment.

You recently competed in a kart race in Las Vegas. What was that like and how did it go?

Robert Wickens: Whenever possible, I love to get back in a kart. Fortunately, my brother has a very successful kart team in North America. That’s why there is always a kart waiting for me whenever I find the time for driving or testing. I enjoyed the race in Las Vegas very much. I led the field for ten laps but missed out on the win. The level of competition in karting is incredibly high, and the guys drive really fast. For me, the main thing was to have fun and not necessarily squeeze out the last tenth. But the whole event was just great. You’re in Las Vegas and you’re competing on a hotel car park with the Las Vegas Strip in the background – that’s something special. Hopefully I can go back next year, and maybe next time I’ll win.

The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has a new recruit in the shape of Edoardo Mortara. What do you thing of the change in the line-up?

Robert Wickens: He’s a great addition to our squad. Not many people know that Edo and I were team-mates during the half season I spent in Formula 3 back in 2008. At that time, I got to know him as a very down-to-earth person and real team player. Everyone knows what a good driver he is. Before the start of every season, we always have to complete a questionnaire on who we think the main title contenders will be. We have to pick a driver from each manufacturer. For the past three years, I’ve been putting a tick next to Edoardo for Audi. He is one of the best drivers in the DTM, and I know from our time together as team-mates how fast he is, so I’m looking forward to working with him again. I am sure he will take our team forward.

Social Media News

#StreetArt: In the run-up to his ninth win of the season, Lewis Hamilton took some time off to attend an unusual event in Brazil. The three-time Formula 1 world champion swapped his steering wheel for a spray can and displayed his talent for street art at a festival organised by team partner Puma.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e9oatB5WbE 

#MercedesBenzWorld: Formula 1 fans have been waiting a long time for this – the team is giving away a mega VIP day with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes-Benz World. This includes a 4x4 Driving Challenge and the opportunity to ask Nico anything you like. To enter the competition, visit www.MercedesAMGF1.com

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuN-SKFHsQA 

#Thoreasracingdriver: Race Hub TV host Thore Schölermann takes the next step along the way to being allowed to drive a racing car. In the fifth part of our series, he visits the team factory in Affalterbach and takes us on an exclusive tour behind the scenes.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Td6sl7PwI

Upcoming events & dates

Date

Event

Thursday 17/11/2016

FIA GT World Cup: Macau – Practice

FIA F3 World Cup: Macau – Practice & Qualifying

Friday18/11/2016

FIA GT World Cup: Macau – Practice & Qualifying

FIA F3 World Cup: Macau – Practice & Qualifying

Saturday 19/11/2016

FIA GT World Cup: Macau – Qualifying Race

FIA F3 World Cup: Macau – Qualifying Race

Sunday20/11/2016

FIA GT World Cup: Macau – Race

FIA F3 World Cup: Macau – Race

Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Brazilian GP 2016. Nico Rosberg
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Brazilian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Brazilian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Brazilian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
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