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Lewis Hamilton given five-place grid penalty for Bahrain Grand Prix after gearbox change

Hamilton blow as Mercedes star is hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

10:06 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton has been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was forced to change his gearbox after this morning's final practice session following a suspension failure on his in-lap.

As a consequence of changing the left-rear corner of the car, the team have also had to replace the gearbox, resulting in the grid penalty.

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-place grid penalty

Although on pole position a week ago
in China, from where the 28-year-old finished third, balance issues have
affected Hamilton so far this weekend at the Bahrain International
Circuit.

Hamilton finished fifth quickest in final practice, just over two tenths of a second behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton is the third driver to face a
penalty for tomorrow's race as Mark Webber was handed a three-place
drop after colliding with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne in Shanghai.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will also
drop five places following qualifying after he ran into the back of
Force India's Adrian Sutil in the same race.

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Lewis Hamilton

Alonso, on the back of his
31st-career victory in China last Sunday, has been highly impressive
around the desert-based Bahrain International Circuit and was fastest this morning.

With a high police presence around
the track as local authorities are determined to keep anti-government
protesters at bay, Formula One is virtually oblivious to what goes on
away from it.

On the circuit, Alonso led a
tightly-bunched field, with the top six separated by just two tenths of a
second, and the front nine by half a second.

Alonso, last on pole in Germany last
year, set a lap of one minute 33.247secs which was almost a second
quicker than the leading time of yesterday posted by Lotus' Kimi
Raikkonen.

As in second practice, the Red Bull
drivers had to settle for second and third on the timesheet, on this
occasion with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark
Webber.

Vettel, who finished 0.101secs behind
Alonso and 0.032secs ahead of team-mate Webber, had looked poised to
snatch top spot from Alonso as he posted personal best times in the
first two sectors, only to be blocked by a Caterham.

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Raikkonen was down in fourth,
0.199secs adrift, with Hamilton an improved fifth and 0.208secs down
after complaining of balance issues yesterday.

Behind the 28-year-old were Lotus'
Romain Grosjean, appearing more comfortable with the new chassis given
to him this weekend, followed by Force India pair Adrian Sutil and Paul
Di Resta.

Mercedes' Nico Hulkenberg was ninth quickest, 0.517secs off Alonso's pace, with Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Felipe Massa inexplicably now finds
himself struggling for pace as the Brazilian, quickest in first
practice, was languishing in 11th at the end of FP3 and 0.702secs behind
team-mate Alonso.

As for McLaren, their struggles
continue with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez 12th and 13th, the latter a
full second behind Alonso.

Towards the rear, Marussia also face
issues as Max Chilton managed just seven laps due to the team having to
replace the KERS water pump.

Chilton, however, was not last as
that position belonged to Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez who concentrated on
a long run, completing 28 laps overall, but finishing 6.345secs down.

Chinese grand prix qualifying

Hamilton on pole position in China after Webber runs out of fuel in qualifying in another Red Bull farce

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:07 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

For the 27th time in his Formula One career, Hamilton will lead away the field come the start of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Joining the 27-year-old on the front row will be Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

More to follow…

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Lewis Hamilton warned by Sir Jackie Stewart not to get carried away with own importance – F1

Don't get carried away with your own importance, Lewis! Legend Stewart fires warning to Mercedes star

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:48 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:01 GMT, 29 January 2013

Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Lewis Hamilton not to get carried away with his own celebrity if he is to propel Mercedes forward this year.

Hamilton last week embarked on a new era in his Formula One career at Mercedes after six seasons with McLaren, a team he initially joined at the age of just 13.

There is no doubt Hamilton has taken a significant gamble, but the need to savour pastures new has been his driving force in signing up to the German manufacturing giant for the next three years.

Lewis Hamilton

Sir Jackie Stewart

In black and white: Lewis Hamilton must find the right balance to win titles, according to Sir Jackie Stewart

It is also almost certain Hamilton will enjoy greater freedom off track than was the case at McLaren, considering the emphasis placed on sponsorship commitments by the Woking-based marque on their drivers.

However, three-times champion Stewart feels Hamilton needs to make sure such liberty does not go to his head.

Hamilton can boast a pop-star girlfriend in Nicole Scherzinger and an array of friends from the music world, while there are suggestions he is planning on making his own music.

Bearing in mind Hamilton's desire to transform Mercedes into a winning team, Stewart is hoping the 28-year-old does not let his focus drift elsewhere.

New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his lengthy association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal

New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal

Stewart said: 'Personally, if I'd been Lewis, I wouldn't have left McLaren. 'But as a 28-year-old, he should know what he is doing now.

'You just have to be damn careful you don't get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating.

'What Lewis needs to do is have more consistently good drives, never mind the mechanical issues, and he shouldn't be distracted, something he should keep in the back of his mind.

'It's about who you hang out with, what you do in your off time, how you are committing your off time towards your real time – and your real time is being a racing driver.'

Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

Such efforts will be noticed by team principal Ross Brawn, who has been accustomed to working with one of the greats in seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.

Although the last three years failed to produce the results hoped for by Schumacher prior to stepping back into retirement, the German was renowned for his meticulous and methodical nature in working with his engineers.

Stewart added: 'The Ross Brawn factor is important. 'He knows how to do it, and Lewis will have to work with him and depend on him, and Lewis, in time, will have to deliver.

'Ross has worked with drivers who have really delivered. He worked with Schumacher from Benetton all the way through, and he knows how much Michael put in.

'Therefore he will think Lewis will have to put as much into that team, time-wise, commitment-wise, not just race-time wise, as Michael did.

That's going to be quite demanding, but there's no reason why he shouldn't go straight in and be competitive up front, not at all.'

With just one victory in the last three years, though, since Mercedes returned to F1, the pressure is on both Brawn and Hamilton to deliver.

'Daimler (Mercedes' parent company), are only interested in being up front and being the best,' said Stewart.

'If they're not going to be that, it's a five-minute decision for the Mercedes-Benz board to withdraw from motor racing if there's another recession and they're not selling cars. 'In that respect, they're slightly vulnerable.'

Paul Di Resta: I spoke to McLaren about replacing Lewis Hamilton

I held talks with McLaren, but they chose well-backed Perez, says Di Resta

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

18:27 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:27 GMT, 14 January 2013

Paul Di Resta has hinted that McLaren's decision to sign Sergio Perez was financially motivated.

Di Resta has revealed for the first time that he held talks with the British constructor over a possible move to replace Lewis Hamilton after the 2008 world champion agreed a controversial three-year deal to join Mercedes.

McLaren however, chose to sign Perez, who is heavily supported by telecommunications giant Telmex, which is run by one of the world's richest men in Carlos Slim.

All smiles: Di Resta has revealed he held discussions with McLaren

All smiles: Di Resta has revealed he held discussions with McLaren

'I'm not going to give away too much, but yes, there were discussions,' Di Resta said.

'Unfortunately in this sport now there's a little bit more to it. There's a commercial side and money's tight. Perez has some good backing.'

Speaking at the Autosport International show, the Force India driver added: 'I've got a great relationship with McLaren. Martin Whitmarsh was actually the key person who put my name forward for Force India, and also I've been part of Mercedes-Benz for a lot of years.

'Our paths may cross. It may be in a car that's beating them and I'll have the last laugh. But if I've got to work with them, they're professional people and they win races, and that's what I'm in the sport to do.'

Lewis Hamilton set for Mercedes life without Norbert Haug as Mercedes chief quits

Hamilton set for life without ally Haug as Mercedes chief leaves Silver Arrows

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 13 December 2012

Lewis Hamilton will be without the friendly face of close ally Norbert Haug to welcome him to Mercedes after it was announced the 60-year-old is to leave his role as head of motorsport for the German car giant.

Haug has held the role for 22 years but will leave 'by mutual consent' at the end of the month.

His departure comes two months after the appointment of three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive director, his principle role being to liaise between the Mercedes' board and their Brackley-based Formula One operation.

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Lauda was instrumental in persuading Hamilton to turn his back on McLaren to accept the challenge of turning Mercedes into Formula One frontrunners.

But Hamilton has a long-standing relationship with Haug and his departure is likely to make his transition from McLaren to Mercedes that little bit more taxing.

Haug was part of the McLaren set-up when Hamilton entered Formula One in 2007 and when he went on to take the drivers' title the following year.

But despite Mercedes managing only one win since return to grand prix racing three years' ago, Haug is adamant Hamilton can look forward to a bright future with his new team.

He said: 'Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn't fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.'

Sergio Perez thinks he can win driver"s championship next year

I'll do what Lew couldn't: Perez thinks he can win championship in his first season

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UPDATED:

18:59 GMT, 12 December 2012

Sergio Perez is determined to do what both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could not – win the drivers’ championship in his first season with McLaren.

Perez has taken on the considerable challenge of filling the shoes of Hamilton following the latter’s decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Mexican also faces the formidable task of beating the vastly more experienced Button.

Aiming high: Sergio Perez (left) believes he can win the title next year

Aiming high: Sergio Perez (left) believes he can win the title next year

But despite having just two years’ of Formula One under his belt with Sauber, Perez is adamant he will be fighting for the title in his first season with his new team.

‘My target is to win the championship already next year,’ Perez said. ‘That takes a lot of work during the season, so it's very important to start my preparation really well with them and try to reach their targets.’

Perez acknowledges that such a heavy workload is part and parcel of driving for a top three team and is convinced the switch to McLaren will make him a realistic world championship contender.

New team: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes next year

New team: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes next year

Asked if he could outdo the achievements of Hamilton and Button, Perez replied: ‘Definitely, because you are going to the best team and the best team normally wins.

'This year, they had many reliability issues and if they solve that they will be ready to fight for the title.'

He added: ‘I think what I am saying is realistic because the team is capable of putting out a very strong car. The targets have to be high. McLaren wants to win every single race.

Long time: McLaren haven't won a championship since Hamilton's victory in 2008

Long time: McLaren haven't won a championship since Hamilton's victory in 2008

‘As a driver you are looking for every challenge and I think it's a very good challenge. It's the best team in F1, the best team in the world so definitely a very big challenge.

‘I must be very competitive from the first race. So I'm really looking forward to being in Melbourne. I'm sure that we will be fighting for the championship next year.’

How netting would work to stop coin throwing and pitch invasions in Premier League

Net gains Premier League could follow Germans to sort out meshy business of missiles and pitch invasions

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UPDATED:

13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

Heralded for possessing some of the finest top-level football stadiums on the planet, the majority constructed or extensively remodelled for the 2006 World Cup, behind-the-goal netting is commonplace in the German Bundesliga.

Sportsmail spoke to Ralf Esser, the owner of Funtec, which supplies the crowd-control measures to grounds such as Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, to find out what may lie in store for English fans.

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

So how does the system work

We became involved at the request of FIFA for the 2006 World Cup to design a system which would prevent objects being thrown, including pyrotechnics, on to the pitch and to stop people running onto the field.

It is a flame-resistant mesh which you can see through very easily.

We produce a steel rope which is built into the roof of the stadium from which the net is suspended and there are no poles to obscure the view.

So what do the fans think about the nets

Sometimes they notice them if they are very, very close to the net. But we often have a very funny reaction from the fans.

They write letters to the clubs complaining that it is not fair that only the home supporters, and not the away fans, have nets in front of them. That’s because they cannot see them on the other side!

You do not focus on the nets. You focus on the action behind it. We don’t want the fans to notice the net.

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

What about the safety implications about having nets

It is possible to break the net down very quickly. It can be winched away if you only wish to use it for high-risk games.

In fact there was a match a few weeks ago at Hoffenheim where they forgot to take it down, nobody realised it was still up!

We have had lot of discussion with the emergency services. Every stadium is different and everyone has a different emergency concept.

There are provisions in place for spectators to run through the net or to go underneath it.

There are exits which are protected with Velcro which can be opened by the stewards.

There are systems in the steel rope which, if the tension is getting too high, the net will break in individual sections.

The steel rope also has a mechanism at the end that if there is more than two tons of pressure it will break in slow and smooth fashion so it cannot fall into the spectators.

There are lot of emergency break points which are guaranteed to break under a certain pressures and conditions.

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

What would it prevent being thrown on to the pitch, coins, and lighters

It depends on the size of the mesh and the speed a coin is thrown. A lighter will be stopped by the mesh.

If a coin is heavy enough it can go through the mesh but it will still slow it down. If you manage to throw a coin the right way it can get through.

If you make the mesh too fine you can see the net so we have to find a compromise.

The stadium owners don’t want the mesh to be too fine. But with a net that you cannot see, the fans soon find out it is not worth throwing two or three coins until you hit somebody.

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Have you had any contact from a Premier League club and how long would it take to install

We have had no discussions as yet but it would take just one week to install. If you don’t have any protection systems it is also cheap.

You do not have to dig foundations or install poles. All our solutions are based on the steel cable which stretches from one side of the stadium to the other.

The system is working very well in Germany. The league supports it but they have not made a rule that you have to install it.

All of the big clubs have it but they do not want to draw attention to it. If they did people would realise it is installed.

Michael Schumacher tainted his F1 legacy – Bernie Ecclestone

Schuey tainted his legacy by coming out of retirement, claims F1 chief Ecclestone

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UPDATED:

15:24 GMT, 7 December 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone fears Michael Schumacher has damaged his legacy by coming out of retirement to race with Mercedes.

Ecclestone claimed the seven-time world champion's decision to return to the sport in 2010 was a big mistake.

Speaking to the official Formula One website, Ecclestone said: 'I would rather he had stopped as a seven-time world champion than stopping now.

End of the road: Schumacher has retired for a second time after a largely unsuccessful stint at Mercedes

End of the road: Schumacher has retired for a second time after a largely unsuccessful stint at Mercedes

'People new to the sport, people who have joined the F1 fan fraternity just recently, will remember Michael now, not as he was.

'They don't see the hero that he was but the human that can fail. I think the important thing is to know when you can't do what you used to do any more and then hand it over to somebody else. I hope that's what I can do: when I feel I can't deliver, I will certainly say goodbye.'

Schumacher spoke of his relief after deciding to retire for a second time and has handed the baton of reviving Mercedes' fortunes over to Lewis Hamilton.

Loss: Ecclestone claims Formula One will miss Schumacher

Loss: Ecclestone claims Formula One will miss Schumacher

But despite three largely unsuccessful seasons in his second stint in Formula One, Ecclestone acknowledged Schumacher will be a loss to the grand prix paddock.

He said: 'He enjoyed racing and was there helping to do good things for Formula One. We will miss Michael, because even though he wasn't winning races in those three years, he is still very popular.'

Lewis Hamilton farewell to McLaren

Hamilton rues Brazil crash as Brit bids emotional farewell to McLaren

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 25 November 2012

A numb Lewis Hamilton bade an emotional farewell to McLaren as his six-year journey with the team ended in bitter frustration.

Just seven days after the ultimate high of victory in the United States Grand Prix came a gut-wrenching low after crashing out in an extraordinary race in Brazil when in the lead.

It is the third time in the last seven races Hamilton has lost out on a maximum haul of points when front running, epitomising the turbulent campaign he has been forced to endure.

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button celebrate the latter's win in Brazil

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button celebrate the latter's win in Brazil

On this occasion, with mayhem taking place all over Interlagos, the 27-year-old was slid into by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg as the German attempted to regain a lead he had earlier lost to Hamilton.

The resulting damage of a broken front-left suspension saw Hamilton retire for the fifth time this year, and a walk back to the garage where he was given a standing ovation.

For Hamilton, there is now a month off before joining Mercedes on January 1 on a three-year deal, but not after many goodbyes to a team he has been associated with for the last 14 years.

'I don't remember too much about the accident with Nico, but he came to see me after the race, which was nice,' said Hamilton.

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

'Now the season is done and dusted, I feel a bit numb. It's been a day of mixed emotions, and I'm sad I didn't finish the race.

'But I'm excited about the future. I'll miss my friends and McLaren, but I'm optimistic about what lies ahead for me.

'I feel comfortable going into this winter because I feel I did a good job this year. I gave 2012 everything I had. I couldn't have done anything more.

'It's been a brilliant experience to be a part of McLaren over the past six years.

'I want to thank everyone, and sincerely wish everyone the very best for the future.

'They've been fantastic, so supportive, and they continue to do an amazing job, so to everyone at McLaren, I'll miss each and every one of you.'

Head to head: Hamilton and Button had one final battle (above) before hugging it out (below)

Head to head: Hamilton and Button had one final battle (above) before hugging it out (below)

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton at least wore a rocket-red victory top one final time, even if not in the circumstances he had hoped for, given team-mate Jenson Button inherited the victory following his collision with Hulkenberg.

It was Button's third triumph of the year for McLaren, and enough to see him finish ahead of Hamilton on total points over their three-year partnership.

Once the furore had died down, Button paid a heart-felt tribute to Hamilton as he said: 'I had a lot of fun racing with him, especially for the first 10 laps. We had a really good, clean fight.

'It's a pity he wasn't still there at the end, but it was nice to have such a great dice with him in our last race as McLaren team-mates.

'And I really want to say this: 'It's been so good working with you, Lewis. Over the past few years, we've driven a lot of great races together. It's been fab'.'

Sergio Aguero races Mercedes with F1 star Nico Rosberg

Aguero: I could drive faster than F1 star Rosberg! (And it looks like he's going pretty flaming quick in this Mercedes…)

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UPDATED:

12:09 GMT, 20 November 2012

This might not thrill under-pressure Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, but Sergio Aguero fancies himself as a Formula One star in the making.

With City struggling in Europe and only just starting to hit the heights of last season's Premier League title triumph, the last thing Mancini needs is his star striker risking life and limb on the track.

But, fear not Roberto, despite saying he could drive an F1 car faster than Mercedes ace Nico Rosberg, Aguero is not planning on a career change just yet.

Speed demons: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (right) with Mercedes star Nico Rosberg (left)

Speed demons: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (right) with Mercedes star Nico Rosberg (left)

The Argentina striker proved his F1
credentials by taking pole position on a grid of football stars
challenged to race a lap of the famous Monza circuit in a Mercedes AMG
Petronas simulator as part of the PUMA RACE OFF challenge.

Aguero left the likes of Nigel De Jong, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Cesc Fabregas and Bacary Sagna trailing in his dust to finish with the top lap time of 01:22:58, a second and a hlaf behind Rosberg's effort.

And he was then rewarded with a track session with Rosberg, driving a Mercedes C 63 AMG before being taken for a spin by the German ace in a Mercedes AMG DTM, a video of which you can see below.

'It was really good fun, I think some of the other guys who raced in the simulator will be really jealous when they see the footage,' said Aguero. 'I didn’t expect the ride with Nico to be so scary, I felt like I’d had a full workout and I wasn’t even driving!

'I had no idea beforehand how intense it would be, it was a fast car and when I got out I could hardly walk.'

Thumbs up: Aguero (left) in the cockpit before being taken for a spin by Rosberg (right)

Thumbs up: Aguero (left) in the cockpit before being taken for a spin by Rosberg (right)

Flaming quick: Rosberg takes Aguero on a spin as flames pour out of the car's exhaust

Flaming quick: Rosberg takes Aguero on a spin as flames pour out of the car's exhaust

He added: 'For sure I would be able to drive a real Formula One car.

'The simulator was accurate, and while it doesn’t move, I think my skills were there for all to see.

'Maybe I would not be quite as quick as Rosberg, but he has had more practise than me. In time, I might even be quicker.

'I think if I hadn’t become a professional footballer I would have liked to be a motor racing driver.'

Aguero was also treated to a display of keepy-ups by Rosberg, who will be Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate next season, and suggested the German could make a decent footballer.

'I was quite impressed actually, but I think his racing skills are far better,' said Aguero on Rosberg. 'It would be fun to play a match against Nico and swap the challenge around, bring him into my world and see if he has what it takes. I think with some coaching he would be a good player.'

The car's the star: Rosberg puts the Mercedes AMG DTM through its paces on the track

The car's the star: Rosberg puts the Mercedes AMG DTM through its paces on the track

Aguero sealed his spot in both City folklore and British sporting history by snatching the Barclays Premier League title from local rivals Manchester United in the dying seconds of last season with his brilliant winning strike against QPR.

This season is already shaping up to be another battle between the local rivals for the crown, with the champions knocking United off the top of the table after thrashing Aston Villa 5-0 last Saturday.

The Manchester derby – a match City crucially won twice last season – looms large, with the two sides set to go head-to-head on Sunday December 9.

And Aguero insists that City will again prove wrong Sir Alex Ferguson's blast that they are just 'noisy neighbours' by beating United at the Etihad Stadium.

'I’m feeling confident about the game against Manchester United,' said Aguero.

Hotshot: Aguero hot top form and scored twice as City beat Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend

Hotshot: Aguero hot top form and scored twice as City beat Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend

Hotshot: Aguero hot top form and scored twice as City beat Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend

'It’s a really big match for us and there’s a lot of pressure to repeat our success of last year, but I’m sure we will succeed.

'The team is really strong with so many great players right now, but the same is true of Manchester United and they are showing how competitive they are this year once again.

'Whatever the result, I think it will be close.'

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