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Mercedes clinches fourth straight F1 constructors’ championship

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Mercedes is shaping up to be one of the great Formula One dynasties. Mercedes-Benz clinched its fourth straight Formula One constructors’ championship at the 2017 United States Grand Prix[1], held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. While rivals Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have put up more of a fight this year, Mercedes remains the dominant team in F1.

Formula One awards championships for both constructors (the teams) and drivers, and the drivers’ championship is still up for grabs as the season heads into its final three races. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton extended his lead by winning in Austin, but his main rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, finished second, giving him enough points to stay in the fight. Hamilton started strong, setting a track record and taking pole position in qualifying.

But Vettel managed to pass the British driver shortly after the start of the race. Vettel’s challenge only lasted six laps, though, at which point Hamilton took the lead and held onto it. Vettel fell further down the field, but managed to claw his way back to second by the end of the race.

Controversy surrounded the third spot on the podium. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen (who started in 16th place), passed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the last lap to take third place, but the the move was deemed illegal and Verstappen was hit with a five-second penalty. That awarded third place to Raikkonen.

Race stewards claimed Verstappen drove off the track while making his move, a decision Red Bull disputes. The penalty has also attracted criticism from outside the team. F1 legend and Mercedes team advisor Niki Lauda called it “the worst I’ve ever seen” in an interview with Racer[2].

While the outcomes of individual races are always unpredictable, Mercedes was always the team to beat. The German automaker has held a major advantage since current rules requiring hybrid powertrains were introduced in 2014. Mercedes has won the constructors’ championship for the past three years in a row, and has monopolized the drivers’ championship as well.

Hamilton won it in 2014 and 2015, while Nico Rosberg won in 2016, and retired shortly after[3]. Mercedes hasn’t had as tight a stranglehold on the championship this season as it did in the past three. Vettel led the drivers’ championship for much of the season, and Red Bull has won two races.

More consistent performance by Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas[4] allowed Mercedes to pull away from Ferrari and Red Bull in the constructors’ championship early on.

But Vettel could still win the drivers’ championship and break up the Mercedes monotony.

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References

  1. ^ 2017 United States Grand Prix (www.formula1.com)
  2. ^ Racer (www.racer.com)
  3. ^ and retired shortly after (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ teammate Valtteri Bottas (www.digitaltrends.com)

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Halloween offer: Frameless smartphone Bluboo S8 gets $50 discount

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Chinese mobile manufacturer Bluboo has reduced the price of its premium smartphone ‘Bluboo S8’, as a part of the discount offered during Halloween. The actual price of Bluboo S8 is £190, and with discount, customers can buy it at just £140. A huge discount of £50 is expected to bring about a sales boom for the company during the Halloween discount period.

The discount sale began on October 21, and it will run through October 31. The company does not demand any kinds of coupon or code to avail the discount. Customers can directly log in to the shopping site, and add this smartphone to the cart at just £140.

S8: Bluboo’s flagship product Bluboo S8 is one of the most popular products from the Chinese company. The smartphone comes with a frameless full-HD screen display featuring an aspect ratio of 18:9.

The screen is made by Japanese Company Sharp, which gives an ultimate visual experience for Bluboo users. Upon its release, the smartphone received rave reviews from customers, and the main reason behind the acceptance was nothing but the high-end features offered by the gadget at a very affordable rate. Bluboo S8 is powered with 3GB RAM, and it has an internal storage capacity of 32GB.

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The device has two sim card slots, and its body is less than 9mm, which gives it a sleek look.

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