Mercedes passes Ferrari in standings to emerge as contenders

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After three seasons of coming to grips to understand its car and its effects on its tyres, Mercedes has finally found a solution enough to propel itself as a championship contender this season.

After eight rounds into the season, Mercedes has overtaken Ferrari in the constructors’ standings credited to its two wins courtesy of Nico Rosberg and the consistent results hauled in by teammate Lewis Hamilton.

"I am just trying to stay within shooting distance and stay within the (title) fight,” said Hamilton, who is 43 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the standings.

"I am sure at some stage my time will come," he added referring to his elusive maiden victory with Mercedes.

The pair is separated by just seven points in the drivers’ classification – with Hamilton ahead of Rosberg - while at the Italian team the gap between its two drivers is a massive 54 points.

Fernando Alonso too has registered two victories this season but has been handicapped by his retirement in Malaysia and mechanical troubles in Bahrain. Felipe Massa’s run, in contrast, has been much worse.

The Brazilian has just claimed one podium as opposed to his teammate’s five.

After just eight races, Mercedes’ tally of 171 points this season has already surpassed the team’s total points scored in the entire 2012 season (142).

In fact, this year the German manufacturer is set to exceed the points it scored in 2010 (214) and 2011 (165) very soon.

Mercedes and Ferrari are separated by three points in the championship with the former currently carrying the momentum ahead of the next race.


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