Mercedes Unleashes Its Power With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton and Nico RosbergNico Rosberg pipped Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of final practice to lead a Mercedes one-two ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton had given the home crowd a huge boost after topping the timesheets for the majority of Saturday morning.
But the British driver, who is bidding for his first victory at Silverstone since 2008, saw Rosberg steal a march on him, underlining Mercedes’ seemingly strong pace this weekend.

Hamilton had complained he was struggling with his Mercedes on Friday, but the British driver appeared content with the handling of his Silver Arrows and could face a straight battle with his team-mate for pole later today.

The 28-year-old hasn’t started from the front of the pack at Silverstone since his inaugural Formula One season in 2007, and pushed the boundaries this morning, running wide at Brooklands in the closing stages of the session.

As David Bowie film is on-going, you never know where Bowie may show up, as Nico Rosberg explain below what goes on in the pits, and in his head while coming into a pit-stop.

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Williams F1 Dom Pérignon and Damon Hill Glory Beer Days

Damon Hill World Champion Formula One Driver If you lived in Los Angels you become aware that at any given moment you could loose everything. It’s nature, earthquakes, mudslides, or fires and all is gone sometimes in a blink. What you can walk away with is memories of what great moments life has presented you woven full of colours like a rich tapestry.

The late CEO of a Canadian beer company Labatt’s had a passion for formula one racing and so we got along famously. The drivers we sponsored all became world champion formula one drivers in what I call the glory beer days of Williams F1 team. This is not to say we did not indulge in Dom Pérignon after all it’s formula one racing we are talking about.

At the British Grand Prix this weekend Williams F1 team marks it’s 600 Grand Prix race and that is one amazing accomplishment rich in history and they will be breaking open many bottles of Dom Pérignon.

Damon Hill will be present as well several drivers of the Williams F1 team at Silverstone.

Damon Hill is the son of the late Graham Hill, and is the only son of a world champion to win the title. His father died in an aeroplane crash when Hill was 15. He started racing on motorbikes in 1981 and after minor success, he moved on to single-seater racing cars and progressed steadily up the ranks to the International Formula 3000 championship by 1989, where, although often competitive, he never won a race.

Hill became a test driver for the Formula One title-winning Williams team in 1992. He was promoted to the Williams race team the following year after Riccardo Patrese’s departure and took the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix. During the mid-1990s, Hill was Michael Schumacher’s main rival for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The two clashed on and off the track. Their collision at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix gaveDamon Hill Schumacher his first title by a single point. Hill became champion in 1996 but was dropped by Williams for the following season. He went on to drive for the less competitive Arrows and Jordan teams, and in 1998 gave Jordan its first win.

Damon Hill is one very talented person whom I have seen play guitar and rock on stage, race with Labatt beer logo all over him and the Williams team, as well has contributed in part to my sponsored polo team who won the Damon Hill Cup of which I am very proud.

I once flew with Damon Hill and his wife from London to Monaco for the Grand Prix and invited some of his friends who at the time worked with him for drinks. The drink was Dom Pérignon and the best spot to drink it in South of France which could be anywhere, but in this case at Chateau de la Chevre d’Or the best spot for a bottle or two of Dom Pérignon Rose.

At the Canadian Grand Prix I presented Damon Hill the former formula one World Champion and rock’n musician guitarist with a guitar pic from The Rolling Stones as they were also in town or as Mick Jagger said at the concert “The Grand Prix is a warm up”.


What did Damon Hill do with The Rolling Stones guitar pic.  He gave me one rock’n photograph.  A toast to Damon Hill and greatest of memories.

Damon Hill, The Rolling Stones guitar pic, photo by Timothy Khan

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Michael Caines The Super Chef for Super Speed at Williams F1 Team

Michael Caines is one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs. He was named AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007 and awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry. Michael is also Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, the acclaimed and prestigious country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford, Devon, where he has earned his reputation – as well as two Michelin stars which he has retained for 12 years. Gidleigh Park was recently rated the number one restaurant in the UK in The Sunday Times/Hardens Guide Top 100 British Restaurants.

Michael Caines commented: “I am thrilled to be involved with the Williams team as an official partner and to help them develop their already high standards of hospitality. It is great to work with their chefs, Adam Dixon, Jon Smee and the team on the menus as well as with Jo Turley on front of house. It is a prestigious relationship and something we are very excited about and proud of. I am a petrolhead at heart and I’m passionate about Formula One. I have followed Williams over many years so for me this involvement is just brilliant.”

So what was cooking at Sliverstone where the action is on the track and the kitchen.

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Force India F1 launch VJM05 2012

“We have set our sights on challenging for fifth place. To do so we will need to begin the new campaign by delivering the kind of form we showed in the second half of 2011. I believe this is a realistic goal and that we have the talent and determination to realise these ambitions,”

-Team Principal Vijay Mallya

Drivers Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg pulled the covers off the VJM05 which is the second car to be created under the watch of technical director Andrew Green.

Force India took the covers off its 2012 challenger on Friday at an event held at the home of British motorsport, the Silverstone circuit, just a miles walk from the teams factory.
The car features a stepped nose, which is becoming something of a trend.

Di-Resta in an interview with Sky Sports said “I think every individual in this team has put a lot of effort into his car. The momentum we had at the end of last year, hopefully we’ve manged to carry that over but I must say it is a fine piece of art. Hopefully when it gets to track it’ll be able to show what it’s capable of.” It F1 2012 and all the magic is present for dream’s to come true.

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