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Lewis Hamilton is hungry for more as new Mercedes F1 car makes track debut 'I feel energized, and I'm ready to attack'

Lewis Hamilton is hungry for more as new Mercedes F1 car makes track debut
'I feel energized, and I'm ready to attack'

Mercedes Formula One carLewis Hamilton's ride for 2019.Image Credit: Mercedes


LONDON — Formula One champion Mercedes ran its new car for the first time at Silverstone on Wednesday with title holder LewiWith some other teams racing against time to get their new cars built and ready for the start of pre-season testing in Spain on Monday, Mercedes made sure it was on track in every respect.
Hamilton's Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas performed the initial shakedown laps as part of a 100-kilometer filming day, with five-times world champion Hamilton due to be in the car during the afternoon.

"I completely switched off from racing for a while, trying to focus and re-center myself and training hard for the new season — 2018 was a great year, but I feel like 2019 can be even better," Hamilton said.

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Racing Point reveals F1 car, has the cash to do what Force India never could Financial pressures over, 'Now we have other pressures, and those are to perform'

Racing Point reveals F1 car, has the cash to do what Force India never could
Financial pressures over, 'Now we have other pressures, and those are to perform'

LONDON — Red Bull unveiled its first Honda-powered Formula One car on Wednesday with Max Verstappen driving the initial laps at Silverstone.

The team published images of the RB15 online with what it said was a temporary livery for filming before testing starts in Spain on Monday.

The former champions finished third overall last season, winning four races and well ahead of fourth-placed rivals Renault.

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Tesla Model 3 imports reportedly blocked by Chinese customs officials And cars that were cleared supposedly have been blocked from sale

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — China's customs authority has suspended customs clearance procedures for Model 3 cars built by Tesla, the financial publication Caixin reported on Tuesday.

The report said the customs authority in Shanghai had found various irregularities in 1,600 imported Model 3 cars, including the improper labeling of the vehicles.

Customs has notified Tesla not to sell or use Model 3 vehicles that have already been cleared, the report said, citing a notice issued by the authority on Mar. 1.

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Tesla throws it in reverse: Now will keep stores open and raise car prices Less than two weeks ago it announced it was closing stores and selling online only

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc said on Sunday it will raise prices of its high-end vehicles by about 3 percent on average as it plans to keep more retail stores open than planned.

Tesla said the worldwide price hikes will apply to the more expensive variants of Model 3, Model S and Model X, and there will be no price increase to the $35,000 Model 3.

The carmaker said potential buyers can place orders until March 18 at the old prices.

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GM's Cruise unit to double its workforce 1,000 new hires this year

General Motors said on Monday its self-driving car subsidiary, Cruise, plans to hire 1,000 more people over the next nine months, as the No.1 U.S. carmaker aims to launch a robotaxi service by the end of 2019.

"We have plans to double in size by the end of this year," Cruise spokesman Ray Wert told Reuters.

Wert said the majority of those hired will be engineers but didn't give a specific number. The company currently employs more than 1,000 people.

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