Saturday, March 31, 2018

Performance analysis: Ferrari versus Mercedes - F1technical.net

Ferrari won the first battle of this year’s war, but Mercedes showed its dominance is hardly hurt. Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking pole position time in the first qualifying session of the year was an ominous sign for Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari and Red Bull.

Read more: Performance analysis: Ferrari versus Mercedes - F1technical.net

F1 already finding answers for overtaking "force field" - Motorsport.com

After taking the F1 job Brawn hired a team of experts, including Pat Symonds and former Williams head of aerodynamics Jason Sommerville, to help the FIA shape the 2021 technical rules. Improving overtaking was not part of the remit when the current high-downforce rules were being formulated for 2017, and the consensus is that it has become even more difficult to follow another car ... Keep reading

Read more: F1 already finding answers for overtaking "force field" - Motorsport.com

F1's passing 'force field' already being addressed - Ross Brawn - Autosport

Ross Brawn says Formula 1 has already made progress on finding solutions for its overtaking problem and addressing the "force field" that makes it hard for cars to race

Read more: F1's passing 'force field' already being addressed - Ross Brawn - Autosport

Why Ferrari's 2018 F1 car's front end is helping Kimi Raikkonen - Autosport

Kimi Raikkonen's resurgent form in Formula 1 has been helped by Ferrari's decision not to pursue a complicated suspension set-up with its SF71H, suggests Motorsport TV's technical analyst Craig Scarborough

Read more: Why Ferrari's 2018 F1 car's front end is helping Kimi Raikkonen - Autosport

Billy Monger exclusive: “I just want to be a racing driver again” | Interview - RaceFans

Almost a year on from the horror crash which led to a double leg amputation, Billy Monger is racing again and eager to put the last 12 months behind him.

Read more: Billy Monger exclusive: “I just want to be a racing driver again” | Interview - RaceFans

No eighth F1 tyre compound in 2019, says Pirelli | 2019 F1 season - RaceFans

Formula One's official tyre supplier Pirelli says it does not intend to add an eighth tyre compound next year having expanded its range this season.

Read more: No eighth F1 tyre compound in 2019, says Pirelli | 2019 F1 season - RaceFans

Sauber's aggressive tech push to hit Formula 1's midfield group - Autosport

Sauber is pushing design boundaries as it attempts to catch its Formula 1 rivals in 2018 with evolutions of its "aggressive" new car concept

Read more: Sauber's aggressive tech push to hit Formula 1's midfield group - Autosport

Tech analysis: Sauber’s clever suspension winglets - Motorsport.com

After a difficult 2017 with a tricky car and year-old Ferrari engine, Sauber is expecting a stronger grand prix season after overhauling its aerodynamic philosophy and marrying that to a latest-spec power unit.It has adopted some radical solutions in areas of its C37, and here Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at how Sauber is pushing the limits of the rules in its bid to make ... Keep reading

Read more: Tech analysis: Sauber’s clever suspension winglets - Motorsport.com

K-Mag ‘not taking anything for granted’ - PlanetF1

Kevin Magnussen is taking a "cautious" approach heading into Bahrain as there is "no guarantee" Haas will be strong again.

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Red Bull duo will both find Bahrain ‘tricky’ - PlanetF1

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen believe the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend will not be a straightforward affair due to the change in conditions.

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Kubica turns down WEC drive with Manor - PlanetF1

Robert Kubica has decided to turn down the opportunity of racing in the World Endurance Championship in order to fully concentrate on his Formula 1 commitments.

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Red Bull F1 team calls for qualifying 'party modes' to be abolished - Autosport

Red Bull has called for the FIA to end "party modes" on Formula 1 engines by ensuring drivers qualify and race with the same engine settings

Read more: Red Bull F1 team calls for qualifying 'party modes' to be abolished - Autosport

Red Bull wants ban on F1 qualifying "party modes" - Motorsport.com

Lewis Hamilton’s significant leap in performance during Q3 in Melbourne put a sharp focus on the use of special engine modes by Mercedes on the laps that count.Although the Brackley-based team and Hamilton himself continued to downplay any talk about party modes, Red Bull remains adamant that the circumstances in Australia forced Mercedes to use its engine at its ultimate potential ... Keep reading

Read more: Red Bull wants ban on F1 qualifying "party modes" - Motorsport.com

Di Resta to make Le Mans 24 Hours debut - PlanetF1

Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta will make his Le Mans debut later this year after being named in United Autosports' LMP2 line-up.

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Bottas: Mercedes are not ‘miles ahead’ of rivals - PlanetF1

Valtteri Bottas has denied claims that Mercedes are "miles ahead" of their rivals and thinks the Silver Arrows are in for a "tough season".

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Vandoorne not planning to race elsewhere while in F1 | RaceFans Round-up - RaceFans

In the round-up: Vandoorne not planning to race elsewhere while in F1 • Silverstone '1s faster' • Aitken hopes to succeed Sainz

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Paul di Resta to make Le Mans 24 hours debut in June - BBC F1

Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut later this year with the United Autosports LMP2 team.

Read more: Paul di Resta to make Le Mans 24 hours debut in June - BBC F1

F1 on the BBC: Bahrain Grand Prix radio & online coverage details - BBC F1

Follow the second race of the 2018 Formula 1 season across BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and the app.

Read more: F1 on the BBC: Bahrain Grand Prix radio & online coverage details - BBC F1

Silverstone expects one-second F1 laptime gains - Motorsport.com

Silverstone bosses took the opportunity to renovate the entire 3.1-mile circuit after pressure from MotoGP promoter Dorna to make parts of it smoother to ride on.MotoGP riders have been pushing for certain circuits to be resurfaced to make them smoother to ride on, with Silverstone one of several F1 tracks in the firing line.Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle explained that ... Keep reading

Read more: Silverstone expects one-second F1 laptime gains - Motorsport.com

Silverstone F1 lap times expected to be one second faster with new surface - Autosport

Formula 1 lap times at the British Grand Prix will be a second faster this year after Silverstone recently completed a full-circuit resurfacing project

Read more: Silverstone F1 lap times expected to be one second faster with new surface - Autosport

Monger seeking sponsors to race full British F3 season | Formula Three - RaceFans

Billy Monger is looking for sponsors so he can complete his first full racing season as he returns to competition following his amputations last year.

Read more: Monger seeking sponsors to race full British F3 season | Formula Three - RaceFans

Video: The aggressive changes Red Bull has made in 2018 - Motorsport.com

  Although last year's RB13 ended the year strongly, the team readily admitted that its start to the campaign had not been as strong as it had hoped for.Its plight had not been helped by windtunnel correlation problems, but it also had not adopted the right development approach, so lost ground a ... Keep reading

Read more: Video: The aggressive changes Red Bull has made in 2018 - Motorsport.com

F1 tech insight: The aggressive changes Red Bull made for 2018 - Autosport

Red Bull made a big push to prepare its 2018 Formula 1 car early as it bid to hit the ground running with its new RB14

Read more: F1 tech insight: The aggressive changes Red Bull made for 2018 - Autosport

Stroll lost engine modes in race due to team’s “mistake” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Williams driver Lance Stroll says he wasn't able to use all his engine modes during the Australian Grand Prix due to a mistake his team made during practice,

Read more: Stroll lost engine modes in race due to team’s “mistake” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Steiner takes another swipe at Haas’ detractors - PlanetF1

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has said he is "more than confident" that their relationship with Ferrari is above board, saying rival accusations are based on "no facts".

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Red Bull, Renault call for engine freeze - PlanetF1

Representatives from both Red Bull and Renault would like to see engine development come to a halt from next season onward to prevent new teams having an unfair advantage.

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Testing woes delayed McLaren upgrades - PlanetF1

McLaren boss Eric Boullier has confirmed that the team were forced to delay the planned upgrade in Australia because of their reliability woes in winter testing.

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The vicious cycle protecting Mercedes and Ferrari - Motorsport.com

McLaren's relief at finally ditching Honda and moving on to papaya orange pastures new is palpable. Fernando Alonso was on typically bullish form in Australia, talking up his Formula 1 team training its laser focus on Red Bull, despite some obvious residual shortcomings with the MCL33, and a 1.3-second deficit to the fastest RB14 in qualifying.There's not too much to get excited about ... Keep reading

Read more: The vicious cycle protecting Mercedes and Ferrari - Motorsport.com

“There’s so many buttons, it’s crazy”: Leclerc on the leap from F2 to F1 | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Charles Leclerc says Formula One is a "big step up" from F2 but he's discovered one aspect of grand prix racing which is not as challenging.

Read more: “There’s so many buttons, it’s crazy”: Leclerc on the leap from F2 to F1 | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Haas: Rivals have "no facts" for Ferrari allegations - Motorsport.com

Steiner says that those making allegations have no facts on which to base them, and that everything the team has done has been clear with the FIA. McLarеn and Force India have both expressed suspicions about the team’s surge in form since last year, while conceding that there is no hard evidence of any wrongdoing.“Everybody is allowed to have an opinion,” said Steiner. “Some ... Keep reading

Read more: Haas: Rivals have "no facts" for Ferrari allegations - Motorsport.com

Vergne: Hartley call-up ‘makes me laugh’ - PlanetF1

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne has found it "rather amusing" that Red Bull decided to bring Brendon Hartley back to the sport with Toro Rosso.

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Hamilton fears ‘rapid’ Ferrari in Bahrain - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton is preparing himself to be up against a "rapid" Ferrari in Bahrain next weekend as he searches for his first win of the season.

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Hamilton: F1 order not clear yet - SkySports F1

Lewis Hamilton believes the battle at the front of F1 is poised to remain "close" with a clear pecking order unlikely to emerge until after 2018's opening four flyaway rounds.

Read more: Hamilton: F1 order not clear yet - SkySports F1

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Autosport podcast: the ominous signs from the Australian Grand Prix - Autosport

Sebastian Vettel may have won in Melbourne but the latest episode of The Autosport Podcast explains why signs from the race were ominous for the rest of Formula 1 2018

Read more: Autosport podcast: the ominous signs from the Australian Grand Prix - Autosport

Kubica won’t race for Manor’s LMP1 WEC team | World Endurance Championship - RaceFans

Robert Kubica will not contest the World Endurance Championship with Manor's LMP1 team, RaceFans has learned.

Read more: Kubica won’t race for Manor’s LMP1 WEC team | World Endurance Championship - RaceFans

Hamilton engine got "close" to limits in Australian GP chase - Motorsport.com

Hamilton was forced to chase his Ferrari rival in the closing stages of the Melbourne race after Vettel's well-timed VSC pitstop meant he was able to retain the lead.Pushing hard and running behind Vettel meant that Hamilton's engine temperatures increased, and in the end he called off the battle in a bid to ensure that there was no risk to future reliability now drivers are only ... Keep reading

Read more: Hamilton engine got "close" to limits in Australian GP chase - Motorsport.com

Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton protected his F1 engine in Australia - Autosport

Mercedes is confident that Lewis Hamilton's engine did not suffer any damage in his pursuit of Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix, despite getting close to its temperature limits

Read more: Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton protected his F1 engine in Australia - Autosport

Rachel's Diary: F1's fresh start - SkySports F1

After a winter of rehab and rest, Australia could not come quick enough.

Read more: Rachel's Diary: F1's fresh start - SkySports F1

Pretty slow: Vote for F1's best-looking backmarkers - BBC F1

After Sauber impressed with their looks rather than speed in Australia, BBC Sport takes at look at some easy-on-the-eye backmarkers from years gone by.

Read more: Pretty slow: Vote for F1's best-looking backmarkers - BBC F1

McLaren: We pushed the limits a bit too far - PlanetF1

Trailing Red Bull in Australia, Eric Boullier concedes over-ambition and a torrid pre-season meant McLaren are not quite where they want to be.

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Alfa Romeo influence at Sauber F1 team set to increase - Autosport

Alfa Romeo's influence at Sauber is set to grow as the Formula 1 team evaluates extending its partnership with the Italian manufacturer on a technical level

Read more: Alfa Romeo influence at Sauber F1 team set to increase - Autosport

Alfa Romeo's Sauber influence set to grow with tech role - Motorsport.com

Apart from minor branding on its sister manufacturer Ferrari, Alfa has not been involved in F1 since its works team project of 1979-85.The multi-year collaboration between Sauber and Alfa was announced last December with intentions beyond the significant branding the team's C37s are carrying this season.Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur told Motorsport.com the technological ... Keep reading

Read more: Alfa Romeo's Sauber influence set to grow with tech role - Motorsport.com

Gallery: Remembering Brawn GP's debut win in 2009 - Motorsport.com

After Honda decided to pull out out of F1 due to the global recession that shook the car industry, team principal Ross Brawn decided to buy out the outfit and run it under his own name.He managed to secure a supply of Mercedes engine and stunned the field at the season opening Australian Grand Prix, with Button and Rubens Barrichello locked out the front row.Button led every lap en ... Keep reading

Read more: Gallery: Remembering Brawn GP's debut win in 2009 - Motorsport.com

F1 warned not to “end up like IndyCar” as Liberty prepares to reveal 2021 plans | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Formula One has been warned not to "end up like IndyCar" by further relaxing rules which require teams to build their own cars.

Read more: F1 warned not to “end up like IndyCar” as Liberty prepares to reveal 2021 plans | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Why controversial Haas model must stay in F1 - Motorsport.com

Romain Grosjean's actions as he put his arms around his Haas mechanics to offer comfort after the double pitstop failure in the Australian Grand Prix captured the hearts of fans around the world.Those moments of emotion as the driver and team crew consoled each other at a table behind the Haas pits told their own story about the highs of lows of a Melbourne weekend – and epitomised ... Keep reading

Read more: Why controversial Haas model must stay in F1 - Motorsport.com

Williams plans major Barcelona upgrade to address FW41 “weaknesses” | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Williams will bring a significant upgrade for its F1 car at the fifth race of the season in Spain following its disappointing performance in Australia.

Read more: Williams plans major Barcelona upgrade to address FW41 “weaknesses” | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Vergne: Hartley's Toro Rosso call-up "makes me laugh" - Motorsport.com

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the 2018 Paris Formula E race, Vergne commented on the arrangement that led to Hartley racing full time for Toro Rosso eight years after he was dropped from the Red Bull junior scheme."It makes me laugh that Red Bull called on Hartley, given that he's the one they fired to give me his seat in World Series by Renault," said Vergne."I find this ... Keep reading

Read more: Vergne: Hartley's Toro Rosso call-up "makes me laugh" - Motorsport.com

Vergne says Hartley's Toro Rosso F1 call-up 'makes me laugh' - Autosport

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne says Brendon Hartley's call-up with Toro Rosso "makes me laugh" after the Kiwi had previously been dropped by Red Bull

Read more: Vergne says Hartley's Toro Rosso F1 call-up 'makes me laugh' - Autosport

Heads won’t roll at Haas after pit stop blunders - PlanetF1

Guenther Steiner says Haas won't fire any of their mechanics despite pit stop blunders robbing the team of a solid points-haul in Australia.

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When's the Bahrain GP on Sky? - SkySports F1

Formula 1 heads to Bahrain for round two of the 2018 season, and after the early starts of Australia it's time for the first night race of the year.

Read more: When's the Bahrain GP on Sky? - SkySports F1

Analysis: Why Haas faces fresh outcry over its relationship with Ferrari | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Haas left the first race of the 2018 F1 season pointless. But its midfield rivals were alarmed by the potential shown by the VF-18s, which were running fourth and third before pit stop errors put both out. The strong performance of the VF-18 in pre-season testing had been noticed by the team’s rivals. But ahead … Continue reading Analysis: Why Haas faces fresh outcry over its relationship with Ferrari

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F1 Report: Analysing Australia - SkySports F1

Don't miss an all-encompassing F1 Report as Sky F1's Rachel Brookes is joined by Marc Priestley and David Hobbs to review a fascinating and controversial start to the season.

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Mercedes explain Hamilton glitch - SkySports F1



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JV: Kubica possibly sabotaging Williams drivers - PlanetF1

Such was Williams' lacklustre Australian GP that Jacques Villeneuve has questioned whether Robert Kubica is deliberately playing with the Williams drivers.

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Renault calls for F1 engine freeze in 2019-20 - Motorsport.com

The manufacturer believes that such a move would allow the four current suppliers to focus fully on preparing for the new regulations, and thus not hand an advantage to any new entrants who can devote all their resources to the 2021 projects.Renault customer Red Bull believes that a way should be found to equate engines for the last two years of the current formula, in order to ... Keep reading

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Renault calls for F1 to freeze engine development for 2019 and 2021 - Autosport

Renault has called for a freeze on Formula 1 engine development during the 2019-2020 seasons before new regulations are introduced

Read more: Renault calls for F1 to freeze engine development for 2019 and 2021 - Autosport

McLaren postponed some Melbourne upgrades – Alonso | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

McLaren did not run its complete Australian Grand Prix upgrade package last weekend, Fernando Alonso has revealed.

Read more: McLaren postponed some Melbourne upgrades – Alonso | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Mercedes found the ‘bug’ that robbed Hamilton - PlanetF1

Mercedes have found the "bug" that cost Lewis Hamilton the victory in last Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

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Lauda hits out at Ricciardo’s Aussie penalty - PlanetF1

Niki Lauda fears the decision to penalise Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix shows that F1 is "going back in the wrong direction."

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Hamilton backed off because of engine limit - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton says he backed off in his late-race battle with Sebastian Vettel because of the three-engine limit, even though it goes against his "spirit of racing."

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DRS changes planned for three more tracks | RaceFans Round-up - RaceFans

In the round-up: Three more tracks to have DRS changes • Haas reacts to 'Ferrari copy' claims • Montoya to take on Alonso at Le Mans

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Mercedes explains software bug and confirms it cost Hamilton win | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Mercedes has explained how a software error cost Lewis Hamilton the lead of the Australian Grand Prix and confirmed he could have won the race without it.

Read more: Mercedes explains software bug and confirms it cost Hamilton win | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Mercedes uncovers bug that led to Melbourne defeat - Motorsport.com

Lewis Hamilton saw a potential victory in the season opener snatched from his grasp after Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel made the most of a Virtual Safety Car period to keep the lead after a scheduled pitstop.Mercedes was caught out by Vettel’s tactics because its race strategy software had been telling it that Hamilton was close enough to retake the lead when the Ferrari stopped ... Keep reading

Read more: Mercedes uncovers bug that led to Melbourne defeat - Motorsport.com

Mercedes discovers true cause of Hamilton's lost Australian GP win - Autosport

Mercedes has discovered a "bug" in the tool it uses for its Formula 1 virtual safety car calculations, after concluding its investigation into what went wrong at the Australian Grand Prix

Read more: Mercedes discovers true cause of Hamilton's lost Australian GP win - Autosport

Bottas says he's learned not to beat himself up - Motorsport.com

The Finnish driver crashed heavily early in the final part of qualifying and could only recover to eighth from 15th on the grid on Sunday.Last season Bottas's campaign lost momentum as he started to struggle against teammate Lewis Hamilton and became distracted while trying to regain his form.Asked by Motorsport.com if he was happy with his mental process in dealing with his ... Keep reading

Read more: Bottas says he's learned not to beat himself up - Motorsport.com

Formula 1: How Bottas dealt with mental fallout from his Oz crash - Autosport

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas believes his negative experiences in 2017 helped him avoid beating himself up too much during a troubled Australian Grand Prix weekend

Read more: Formula 1: How Bottas dealt with mental fallout from his Oz crash - Autosport

Top ten pictures from the 2018 Australian Grand Prix | F1 Pictures - RaceFans

Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix weekend.

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Ferrari's key steps to creating a Mercedes-beating 2018 F1 car - Autosport

Sebastian Vettel was first to admit the Ferrari Formula 1 team got lucky with its Australian Grand Prix victory, and that the SF71H is not where he wants it

Read more: Ferrari's key steps to creating a Mercedes-beating 2018 F1 car - Autosport

Video: Ferrari's key steps to create a Mercedes beater - Motorsport.com

But its race-winning start to the 2018 F1 season has given it a good platform on which to build and improve what is a quite different car from its predecessor.Here Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at the key areas where Maranello made significant change this winter in a bid to deliver a car that it hopes can bring home the world title. ... Keep reading

Read more: Video: Ferrari's key steps to create a Mercedes beater - Motorsport.com

Formula 1: Haas chief says 2018 car is not a Ferrari replica - BBC F1

Haas boss Gunther Steiner rejects accusations that the team's car is an illegal copy of last year's Ferrari.

Read more: Formula 1: Haas chief says 2018 car is not a Ferrari replica - BBC F1

McLaren-Renault: An uphill battle - SkySports F1

Fernando Alonso's fifth place in Australia with the McLaren-Renault was being spun positively by the team, which pointed out that at the first attempt it equalled the best result in three years of slog with Honda.

Read more: McLaren-Renault: An uphill battle - SkySports F1

Ericsson hails ‘best six laps in two years’ - PlanetF1

Marcus Ericsson has declared his Australian Grand Prix to the "best six laps" he's done in a Sauber in two years.

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Why these are worrying times for British F1 fans - Motorsport.com

I worry for the British Formula 1 fan.This will be the last season when he or she will be able to watch races live on free-to-air TV before the sport disappears behind a paywall on Sky Sports in 2019, with only highlights plus the live British GP required to be on a free-to-air channel.Channel 4's three-year shared rights deal with Sky, to cover half the races live and the rest as ... Keep reading

Read more: Why these are worrying times for British F1 fans - Motorsport.com

Vettel lacks ‘a little bit of confidence in the car’ - PlanetF1

He may have won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but Sebastian Vettel says he doesn't have full confidence in his SF71H.

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Hulkenberg, Sainz now in "big boy league" - Renault - Motorsport.com

Hulkenberg finished seventh in the Australian Grand Prix, while Sainz claimed the final point in 10th, despite issues with his drinks bottle making his life difficult.Abiteboul acknowledged that having two cars consistently in the fight this season will make a big difference.He warned, however, that his drivers will have to stay on their game in a highly competitive field."It's good ... Keep reading

Read more: Hulkenberg, Sainz now in "big boy league" - Renault - Motorsport.com

Hamilton’s plea for diversity is a noble goal which faces practical problems | RacingLines - RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton highlighted F1's lack of diversity last week. In his new column for RaceFans Dieter Rencken considers why this global sport remains so Euro-centric.

Read more: Hamilton’s plea for diversity is a noble goal which faces practical problems | RacingLines - RaceFans

How McLaren was found out in Australia - Motorsport.com

Schadenfreude is great fun if you aren't at the centre of it. After three years of McLaren blaming Honda for all its ills, many revelled in the once-great team's testing troubles. From the moment the wheels started to come off its pre-season, quite literally in the case of Fernando Alonso's incident on day one of running, the narrative turned. Suddenly it was McLaren being found out as ... Keep reading

Read more: How McLaren was found out in Australia - Motorsport.com

Video: Monger on racing, Hamilton & more - PlanetF1

2017 was a life-changing year for teenager Billy Monger, who suffered serious injuries after a crash at Donington Park in British F4.

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Bahrain Grand Prix F1 tyres choices - McLaren goes most aggressive - Autosport

McLaren has made the most aggressive tyre choice among the 10 Formula 1 teams for the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix

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Rivals call for Haas/Ferrari relationship investigation - Motorsport.com

Haas locked out the third row of the grid in qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and ran fourth and fifth ahead of Red Bull before pitstop mistakes condemned Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean to retirement.It triggered fresh questions over Haas's working relationship with Ferrari, which supplies the team with parts it does not need to build itself but also allows ... Keep reading

Read more: Rivals call for Haas/Ferrari relationship investigation - Motorsport.com

NASCAR-style open scrutineering would be “a step too far” for F1 | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Lotus technical director Nick Chester believes F1 teams should do more to let fans see their technology but doesn't want the sport to adopt NASCAR-style open scrutineering.

Read more: NASCAR-style open scrutineering would be “a step too far” for F1 | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Force India, McLaren want 'magic' Haas-Ferrari F1 car investigated - Autosport

Force India and McLaren want the Haas Formula 1 team's technical relationship with Ferrari investigated after its "magic" Australian Grand Prix performance

Read more: Force India, McLaren want 'magic' Haas-Ferrari F1 car investigated - Autosport

McLaren most aggressive as Pirelli reveals Bahrain selections - Motorsport.com

No other team has followed the route that Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso have opted for, as midfield rivals Renault, Haas and Force India have instead gone for three sets of the red-walled tyre.The top three teams have made near identical choices, with seven supersofts each for both drivers at Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing - as well as Williams, Toro Rosso and ... Keep reading

Read more: McLaren most aggressive as Pirelli reveals Bahrain selections - Motorsport.com

McLaren chooses softest tyre selection for Bahrain | 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix - RaceFans

McLaren has chosen the softest tyre selection of the teams for the Bahrain Grand Prix next week.

Read more: McLaren chooses softest tyre selection for Bahrain | 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix - RaceFans

Supersofts dominate selection in Bahrain - PlanetF1

Heading to the heat of Bahrain, Pirelli's supersofts are the tyre of choice with McLaren opting for as many as nine sets.

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Liberty Media’s blueprint ‘in the coming week’ - PlanetF1

Liberty Media will put their proposal for Formula 1's future on the table as early as next week's Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Hartley: No big concerns about Honda engine - PlanetF1

Although just one Honda engine reached the chequered flag in Australia, Brendon Hartley says there are no huge concerns about the power unit's "racecraft or raceability."

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Double leg amputee Monger to race in F3 opener - BBC F1

A teenage racing driver who had both his legs amputated after a crash is to race in British Formula 3's opening weekend.

Read more: Double leg amputee Monger to race in F3 opener - BBC F1

McLaren: 'Red Bull did a better job than us' - has $100m gamble paid off? - BBC F1

Fernando Alonso's fifth in Australia was McLaren's best start in years, but they are a second a lap behind the team they say they should be as good as. So what's going on?

Read more: McLaren: 'Red Bull did a better job than us' - has $100m gamble paid off? - BBC F1

Strategy Report: How Hamilton lost the Australian GP to Vettel - Motorsport.com

Whereas Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton lost the race in 2017 thanks to an earlier-than-ideal pitstop – and Vettel’s ability to extend the first stint to take track position – this year the Virtual Safety Car intervened, which was the worst-case scenario for Mercedes in the strategy that it had adopted.Even then it would have been able to cope with the VSC, had the maths the team was working ... Keep reading

Read more: Strategy Report: How Hamilton lost the Australian GP to Vettel - Motorsport.com

Monger to make racing return in British F3 this weekend | British F3 - RaceFans

Teenage racer Billy Monger, who lost parts of both his legs in a Formula Four crash last year, has confirmed he will return to racing in the British F3 series with Carlin.

Read more: Monger to make racing return in British F3 this weekend | British F3 - RaceFans

Honda "pretty flexible" in wheel-to-wheel racing - Hartley - Motorsport.com

Toro Rosso driver Hartley endured a difficult start to his 2018 campaign, as a first-lap lock-up on the run to Turn 1 effectively put paid to any chance of a decent result at the Australian Grand Prix.He ultimately ended up last of the classified finishers in a lapped 15th place, after a puncture led to a second stop, his prospects hampered further by being half a minute behind the ... Keep reading

Read more: Honda "pretty flexible" in wheel-to-wheel racing - Hartley - Motorsport.com

Toro Rosso's Hartley: Honda F1 engine pretty flexible for racecraft - Autosport

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley says his first Formula 1 race weekend using a Honda engine did not flag up any concerns over raceability or overtaking

Read more: Toro Rosso's Hartley: Honda F1 engine pretty flexible for racecraft - Autosport

Mercedes: Recovery drives tougher in F1's "new world" - Motorsport.com

Bottas started 15th after crashing in qualifying and taking a grid penalty and, helped by the retirement of the two Haas drivers and a well-timed pitstop, he moved up to eighth by the flag.While Bottas did make several passing moves at a track acknowledged to be among the most difficult to overtake on, Wolff agreed that it was harder to make progress than it might have been in the ... Keep reading

Read more: Mercedes: Recovery drives tougher in F1's "new world" - Motorsport.com

Horner wants parc ferme rules for engine modes - PlanetF1

Christian Horner has proposed parc ferme rules for engine modes, hoping that would be go some way towards negating Mercedes' qualifying advantage.

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F1 opener prompts calls for Albert Park layout changes - Motorsport.com

Sunday's Australian Grand Prix produced just a handful of genuine overtakes, arguably the most spectacular of which came from Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo on Renault's Nico Hulkenberg early in the race.Conversely, Ricciardo's teammate Max Verstappen was bottled up behind Kevin Magnussen early on, before getting stuck in a train of cars led by Fernando Alonso after the restart.The ... Keep reading

Read more: F1 opener prompts calls for Albert Park layout changes - Motorsport.com

Calls for Melbourne circuit changes to help Australian GP passing - Autosport

Melbourne's Albert Park Formula 1 layout should be reviewed in a bid to create more Australian Grand Prix overtaking opportunities, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner

Read more: Calls for Melbourne circuit changes to help Australian GP passing - Autosport

2018 Australian Grand Prix Star Performers | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen were the RaceFans Stars of the Australian Grand Prix weekend while Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen struggled.

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Lewis Hamilton already driving with F1's new engine limit in mind - Autosport

Lewis Hamilton is already driving with Formula 1's new engine limit in mind and backed off in the Australian Grand Prix to protect his Mercedes power unit

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Stroll: Williams aren’t racing, we’re surviving - PlanetF1

There are so many things wrong with Williams' FW41 that Lance Stroll says it is "tough to point out one issue".

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Alonso was wary of a Verstappen ‘trick’ - PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso didn't pass Max Verstappen when the Red Bull driver waved him through as he "thought that was maybe a trick."

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'Overtaking F1's missing ingredient' - SkySports F1

Ross Brawn has admitted the 2018-opening Australian GP missed a "vital ingredient" in overtaking and that one of F1's main aims when looking at a future blueprint is rectifying the issue.

Read more: 'Overtaking F1's missing ingredient' - SkySports F1

How F1's emperor fell from power - Motorsport.com

So what does Bernie Ecclestone think of how Formula 1 has developed under the stewardship of Ross Brawn and his Liberty Media colleagues - and how is he dealing with life at what is for him, a leisurely pace?As we head into the second season without his colourful presence as the undisputed ruler of F1, Ecclestone has had time to reflect upon his new status and how the business he ... Keep reading

Read more: How F1's emperor fell from power - Motorsport.com

Wolff denies Mercedes are a super-opportunist - PlanetF1

Although Toto Wolff says Mercedes are not being a "super-opportunist" regarding the 2021 engine regulations, they would like for them to be "more or less maintained."

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Changing Albert Park track to aid passing could spoil it – Bottas | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Valtteri Bottas says any changes to the Albert Park track to aid overtaking should respect the character of the parkland track.

Read more: Changing Albert Park track to aid passing could spoil it – Bottas | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Liberty to present F1 future blueprint to teams in Bahrain - Motorsport.com

The new engine regulations for 2021 are seen as the key to Liberty’s plans, along with moves to address spiralling costs and restrict spending.A basic outline of the engine format was unveiled last year, featuring no MGU-H and a move to standardised parts and limited areas for development.That philosophy was not well-received by Ferrari and Mercedes, triggering tensions between the ... Keep reading

Read more: Liberty to present F1 future blueprint to teams in Bahrain - Motorsport.com

Liberty to reveal Formula 1 future rules blueprint at Bahrain GP - Autosport

Formula 1 chiefs will unveil full details of their blueprint for the future of the championship in a presentation to teams and engine manufacturers during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend

Read more: Liberty to reveal Formula 1 future rules blueprint at Bahrain GP - Autosport

Hamilton: One against two isn’t easy - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton says it wasn't easy being one against two in Melbourne as Mercedes were always going to struggle to cover both Ferrari strategies.

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Issue #24 of GP Gazette is now online - Motorsport.com

Lewis Hamilton had the speed, Sebastian Vettel had the luck in Melbourne. With some help from the VSC, it was the Ferrari driver who took home the spoils – and an early lead in the points.How did it all go down? And how did Mercedes and Lewis get it so wrong?GP Gazette has got you covered. With all of the news and analysis from the Australian GP paddock, check out the first issue of ... Keep reading

Read more: Issue #24 of GP Gazette is now online - Motorsport.com

Why are safety rules not consistent? - PlanetF1

Formula 1 may have introduced the Halo this season but not all safety rules, or lack thereof, make sense as pointed out by Des Head...

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Pit Chat: Hamilton and his ‘monstrous ego’ - PlanetF1

Not time to ease into the new season. Lewis Hamilton was in the firing line, the new TV production gets off to a shaky start and Sebastian Vettel can predict the future...

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Gasly on ‘pain in the ass’ engine failure - PlanetF1

Having lost one of his three penalty-free engines in Australia, Pierre Gasly says it is only a matter of time before he incurs engine penalties.

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'Qualy modes should be banned' - SkySports F1

Christian Horner has suggested engine modes should be included in parc ferme conditions when cars begin qualifying to prevent teams turning up their engines in Q3.

Read more: 'Qualy modes should be banned' - SkySports F1

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vettel can’t ignore Mercedes’ superior speed after lucky win | 2018 Australian Grand Prix review - RaceFans

Last year Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix because he had the fastest car. This year he won it despite not having that advantage.

Read more: Vettel can’t ignore Mercedes’ superior speed after lucky win | 2018 Australian Grand Prix review - RaceFans

No proper fix for F1’s passing problem before 2021 – Brawn | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Formula One's managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn says it will take until 2021 for the sport to properly tackle its overtaking problem.

Read more: No proper fix for F1’s passing problem before 2021 – Brawn | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

F1 chief Ross Brawn admits Australian GP lacked 'vital' overtaking - Autosport

Ross Brawn admits the Australian Grand Prix missed the "vital ingredient" of overtaking and the problem cannot be fixed until Formula 1 takes a structured approach towards rectifying it

Read more: F1 chief Ross Brawn admits Australian GP lacked 'vital' overtaking - Autosport

F1 must make effort to solve overtaking problem, says Brawn - Motorsport.com

Only five overtakes were completed in the season-opening race following the first lap and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said he would have turned the TV off rather than watch a “worthless” grand prix. It came despite the fact the Albert Park track, known for being difficult to pass on, was bolstered with a third DRS zone in the hope of improving the wheel-to-wheel action.Brawn, F1’s ma ... Keep reading

Read more: F1 must make effort to solve overtaking problem, says Brawn - Motorsport.com

Vettel 'lacks confidence' in car - SkySports F1

Sebastian Vettel says he still lacks confidence in his Ferrari car despite winning the season-opening Australian GP, admitting he's not "captain on-board".

Read more: Vettel 'lacks confidence' in car - SkySports F1

McLaren equal best result of last Honda era in first race with Renault | 2018 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts - RaceFans

McLaren got off to a good start to life with Renault by matching the best result they scored during their last three years with Honda.

Read more: McLaren equal best result of last Honda era in first race with Renault | 2018 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts - RaceFans

Mercedes not "opportunistic" in F1 rules battle - Wolff - Motorsport.com

The German car manufacturer has joined Renault and Ferrari in opposing on cost grounds a bold shake-up to regulations that was proposed by F1 owners Liberty Media and the FIA last year.This stance prompted rivals to suggest that the manufacturers did not want anything to change because they were trying to protect their competitive advantage.Wolff has denied that is the case, though ... Keep reading

Read more: Mercedes not "opportunistic" in F1 rules battle - Wolff - Motorsport.com

Mercedes insists it is not an 'opportunist' in F1 engine rule talks - Autosport

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists the outfit is not trying to be opportunistic in pushing for what it wants in future Formula 1 engine rules

Read more: Mercedes insists it is not an 'opportunist' in F1 engine rule talks - Autosport

Ricciardo’s fastest lap shows Red Bull’s true pace – Horner | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the fact Daniel Ricciardo set fastest lap in the Australian Grand Prix shows the team has a competitive car.

Read more: Ricciardo’s fastest lap shows Red Bull’s true pace – Horner | 2018 F1 season - RaceFans

Stroll: Williams F1 team 'surviving, not racing' after Australian GP - Autosport

Lance Stroll says Williams is "surviving" rather than racing after a difficult start to the 2018 Formula 1 season in the Australian Grand Prix

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Williams is "surviving", not "racing" - Stroll - Motorsport.com

Stroll came home 14th at Albert Park, second-to-last of the finishers, the final car on the lead lap, and behind Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc.The race was a continuation of a troubled weekend for Stroll, with ongoing balance and cooling issues limiting his running and leaving him less than comfortable in the car."We're not racing out there at the moment, we are surviving," said the ... Keep reading

Read more: Williams is "surviving", not "racing" - Stroll - Motorsport.com

McLaren can target Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull now – Alonso | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Fernando Alonso wants McLaren to target F1's top three teams in the coming races after finishing fifth in the Australian Grand Prix.

Read more: McLaren can target Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull now – Alonso | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Ferrari's Vettel: Mercedes' F1 engine modes less 'special' in 2018 - Autosport

Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes' Formula 1 engine's qualifying mode has less of an advantage over Ferrari's in 2018

Read more: Ferrari's Vettel: Mercedes' F1 engine modes less 'special' in 2018 - Autosport

Vote for your 2018 Australian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Who was the best driver during the 2018 Australian Grand Prix weekend? Compare how they did and vote for the best.

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Mercedes' engine modes less "special" now - Vettel - Motorsport.com

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel by more than six tenths of a second in qualifying, which led Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to declare the Mercedes was so good any top driver could take pole position in it.Mercedes' power unit has been more potent than its rivals, particularly in the final part of qualifying, ever since F1 adopted V6 ... Keep reading

Read more: Mercedes' engine modes less "special" now - Vettel - Motorsport.com

Ferrari's Vettel: Mercedes' F1 engine modes less 'special' in 2018 - Autosport

Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes' Formula 1 engine's qualifying mode has less of an advantage over Ferrari's in 2018

Read more: Ferrari's Vettel: Mercedes' F1 engine modes less 'special' in 2018 - Autosport

Australian GP Driver Ratings - SkySports F1



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Hamilton: Saving fuel and engines “goes against my spirit of racing” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton is unhappy with Formula One rules which require drivers to preserve their power units over multiple races.

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Raikkonen plays down prickly radio exchange - PlanetF1

Kimi Raikkonen insists he wasn't suprised by the tactics that put Sebastian Vettel ahead in Australia despite a prickly exchange with his race engineer.

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Race reaction: Ferrari no match for Mercedes - PlanetF1

The first race of the season is in the bag and some are not convinced by Ferrari's victory. Planet F1 readers react to the race in Melbourne...

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F1 drivers say overtaking is even harder this year | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

"My best friend was on the edge of a cliff and I couldn't get to him to save his life today, that's how hard it was to overtake," said Lewis Hamilton.

Read more: F1 drivers say overtaking is even harder this year | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - RaceFans

Australian Grand Prix driver ratings - Motorsport.com

44 Lewis HamiltonMercedes F1 W09Start: 1stFinish: 2ndStrategy: 1 stop (ultrasoft/soft)Rating: 9Hamilton delivered a stunning pole lap, albeit inadvertently helped by Daniel Ricciardo backing him up on his second Q3 out-lap and aiding rear-tyre preparation.He would certainly have won without the team's VSC blunder, although he has to be marked down for minor errors in an admitte ... Keep reading

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Marchionne: Italian anthem in Melbourne – an emotional moment - F1technical.net

Ferrari’s President Sergio Marchionne and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene hailed the team’s performance during the Australian Grand Prix which kicked off the 2018 Formula One World Championship.

Read more: Marchionne: Italian anthem in Melbourne – an emotional moment - F1technical.net

Australian GP: Gasly rues 'pain in the arse' Honda F1 engine failure - Autosport

A Honda engine failure in the 2018 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix was a "pain in the arse" given Toro Rosso's trouble-free testing, admitted Pierre Gasly

Read more: Australian GP: Gasly rues 'pain in the arse' Honda F1 engine failure - Autosport

Honda failure in Melbourne a "pain in the arse" - Gasly - Motorsport.com

Honda's smooth first winter with Toro Rosso had been a stark contrast to the troubled build-ups to its three campaigns with McLaren.But Gasly dropped out just 13 laps into the Melbourne race with an MGU-H problem, and admitted it was unnerving given the new restriction of three power units per driver for the year."We're all quite disappointed because testing went so well, with no ... Keep reading

Read more: Honda failure in Melbourne a "pain in the arse" - Gasly - Motorsport.com

Verstappen: I would have turned the TV off - PlanetF1

Max Verstappen has said he would have turned off his TV due to the lack of overtaking action at the Australian Grand Prix.

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How Hamilton's needless loss revealed a Mercedes flaw - Motorsport.com

Juan Manuel Fangio's famous adage about winning by the smallest possible margin has never been truer than in modern grand prix racing. And that's even though he never had to deal with the complex hybrid technology and component limits that force races to be stage-managed by driver and team for fear of consuming too much engine life - with consequences for results downstream - or fuel ... Keep reading

Read more: How Hamilton's needless loss revealed a Mercedes flaw - Motorsport.com

Wolff: Aussie loss a bitter pill to swallow - PlanetF1

Toto Wolff is still smarting from Sunday's loss in Melbourne, a race in which he believes Lewis Hamilton was on course for a "strong victory."

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Verstappen would've switched off "worthless" Australian GP - Motorsport.com

The Melbourne season opener had noticeably little in the way of not only completed overtakes but any wheel-to-wheel battles, with only five passes taking place after the first lap.A potential fight for victory fizzled out as Lewis Hamilton could not get close enough to challenge Sebastian Vettel, a theme common throughout ... Keep reading

Read more: Verstappen would've switched off "worthless" Australian GP - Motorsport.com

F1 gossip: Haas, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Verstappen - BBC F1

Wheel nuts deny Haas best ever finish, Red Bull say race pace can rival Ferrari's, race director explains Verstappen decision.

Read more: F1 gossip: Haas, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Verstappen - BBC F1

Solving the mysteries of Melbourne - SkySports F1



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F1 Debrief: All you need to know from the Australian GP - Motorsport.com

‘LUCKY’ VETTEL SAYS WORK TO DOSebastian Vettel got his season off to the perfect start with a slightly fortuitous victory in Australia that owed everything to the timing of a pit stop under virtual safety car conditions.Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes thought they had everything under control but when th ... Keep reading

Read more: F1 Debrief: All you need to know from the Australian GP - Motorsport.com

Whiting on why Max wasn’t penalised for pass - PlanetF1

Max Verstappen wasn't penalised for passing Fernando Alonso under yellows because it wasn't easy to tell with the "naked eye" says Charlie Whiting.

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Australian GP statistics: Vettel joins the '100 podiums club' - Motorsport.com

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Force India's 14-race points streak ends in Melbourne - Motorsport.com

Neither Sergio Perez nor Esteban Ocon was able to make much headways after a poor qualifying session, crossing the chequered flag in 11th and 12th place respectively in a race that saw only 15 finishers.It was Force India’s first non-score since last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, where both Perez and Ocon had to make extra pitstops due to crashes or punctures.Force India had brought a ... Keep reading

Read more: Force India's 14-race points streak ends in Melbourne - Motorsport.com

STR to put ‘disappointing weekend’ behind them - PlanetF1

Franz Tost says for whatever reason Toro Rosso could "not get it together" in Melbourne, resulting in a disappointing first race of this season.

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The Australian GP debrief - SkySports F1

It featured some very odd retirements, a great display of team spirit and was followed by a cracking Kimi Raikkonen selfie. Here are some things you might have missed from a fascinating Australian GP.

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What did we learn in Australia? - SkySports F1

Lewis Hamilton made no attempt to disguise his confusion after losing the Australian GP to Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

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Hamilton ‘could have’ won were it not for a bug - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton believes he could have pit stop battle and the Australian Grand Prix had he been given the right data to cover Sebastian Vettel.

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Marko: Mercedes playing with everyone - PlanetF1

Hitting the 'party mode' button in Q3, Helmut Marko reckons Mercedes' rivals are going to struggle to beat them this season unless the FIA intervenes.

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Conclusions from the Australian Grand Prix - PlanetF1

Some made errors, others seized opportunities...

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Hamilton: Ferrari’s straight-line speed will make them strong in Bahrain | RaceFans Round-up - RaceFans

In the round-up: Hamilton expects strong Ferrari in Bahrain • F1 "fundamentally broken" - Williams • Carey wants to elevate "underdogs"

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ESPN apologizes for “technical issues” that blighted live F1 broadcast - Motorsport.com

ESPN cited “technical issues” for the late start to its live coverage of the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, Australia. Instead of showing the pre-race buildup, it showed a static live shot of Turn 9 for five minutes and, after taking two ad breaks, cut to an episode of the E:60 series.Once that was rectified well ahead of the race start itself, the simulcast of the UK’s ... Keep reading

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hamilton: Ferrari’s straight-line speed will make them strong in Bahrain | RaceFans Round-up - F1 Fanatic

In the round-up: Hamilton expects strong Ferrari in Bahrain • F1 "fundamentally broken" - Williams • Carey wants to elevate "underdogs"

Read more: Hamilton: Ferrari’s straight-line speed will make them strong in Bahrain | RaceFans Round-up - F1 Fanatic

Overheating key to Williams struggles - F1technical.net

The Australian Grand Prix turned out to be one to forget for Williams. While Lance Stroll made it to the finish without any chance for points, team mate Sergei Sirotkin was struck by bad luck as a plastic bag jammed up his rear brakes to force an early retirement.

Read more: Overheating key to Williams struggles - F1technical.net

Analysis: Mercedes’ missing seconds that cost Hamilton victory in Melbourne | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

"We said 'we have the VSC gap'": But they didn't. Here's why Mercedes' miscalculation added up to a stunning defeat for Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne.

Read more: Analysis: Mercedes’ missing seconds that cost Hamilton victory in Melbourne | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Satisfied, but the car is still tricky – Vettel - F1technical.net

Sebastian Vettel kicked off his 2018 championship campaign in the best way, claiming victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The German, however, concedes Ferrari has to work on its car.

Read more: Satisfied, but the car is still tricky – Vettel - F1technical.net

ESPN apologises to US viewers after first F1 broadcast attracts complaints | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

ESPN issued an apology to Formula One fans who watched their first broadcast since regaining the rights to show the championship.

Read more: ESPN apologises to US viewers after first F1 broadcast attracts complaints | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Alonso took fifth off Verstappen by a tenth of a second | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Fernando Alonso beat Max Verstappen to fifth place in the Australian Grand Prix because he came out of the pits just one-tenth of a second in front of the Red Bull.

Read more: Alonso took fifth off Verstappen by a tenth of a second | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Raikkonen explains angry radio exchange over Vettel tactics | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Kimi Raikkonen explained the angry exchange with his race engineer when he was told to increase his pace to keep up with his team mate.

Read more: Raikkonen explains angry radio exchange over Vettel tactics | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Gasly: Retirement a “pain in the ass” after reliable start with Honda | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Pierre Gasly was frustrated to retire from the first race of the season after his Toro Rosso-Honda had run reliably in testing.

Read more: Gasly: Retirement a “pain in the ass” after reliable start with Honda | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Lewis Hamilton: Ferrari will be rapid in Bahrain GP - BBC F1

Lewis Hamilton said the battle to win a fifth world title would be "close" after he lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the Australian Grand Prix.

Read more: Lewis Hamilton: Ferrari will be rapid in Bahrain GP - BBC F1

Drinks bottle forced Sainz to ‘nearly vomit’ - PlanetF1

Carlos Sainz has revealed an issue with his drinks bottle almost made him vomit as he battled to the final points finish in Australia.

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Sainz “nearly vomited” because he couldn’t stop drinking | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

A faulty drinks tube meant Carlos Sainz Jnr was "drinking and drinking and drinking" during the Australian Grand Prix and nearly vomited.

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Ricciardo: ‘We are really close to Ferrari’ - PlanetF1

Daniel Ricciardo was encouraged by Red Bull's performance in Australia and thinks they are "really close" to catching Ferrari.

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Hamilton left in 'disbelief' - SkySports F1

Lewis Hamilton admitted to being in "disbelief" after seeing victory in the Australian GP slip from his grasp, with Mercedes still unsure how Sebastian Vettel won F1's season-opener.

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Bottas suspects Mercedes got its sums wrong with engine cooling | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Valtteri Bottas suspects Mercedes left too little margin with its cooling package for the Australian Grand Prix as he had to back off repeatedly.

Read more: Bottas suspects Mercedes got its sums wrong with engine cooling | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Hamilton wanted to delay his pit stop: “I was racing Sebastian” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Lewis Hamilton said he wanted to delay his pit stop in the Australian Grand Prix because he was wary of the threat from Sebastian Vettel.

Read more: Hamilton wanted to delay his pit stop: “I was racing Sebastian” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Vettel admits 'we were lucky' - SkySports F1

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he was lucky to win the 2018-opening Australian GP.

Read more: Vettel admits 'we were lucky' - SkySports F1

Hamilton: I don’t know what happened - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton says he still doesn't know what wrong wrong in Australia to hand the race win to Sebastian Vettel.

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Alonso: Red Bull is McLaren's target - SkySports F1

Fernando Alonso says McLaren's next target is catching Red Bull after his fifth-place led home a double-points finish for the team at the Australian GP.

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Vettel says he wasn’t a threat for the win before lucky break with VSC | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Sebastian Vettel says he wasn't a threat for victory in the Australian Grand Prix until the Virtual Safety Car period turned things his way.

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Alonso: Red Bull are McLaren’s ‘next target’ - PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso feels McLaren will be in a position to have Red Bull in their sights after the Spaniard finished P5 at the Australian Grand Prix.

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Haas didn’t experience “freak” wheel nut problem in testing | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

The wheel nut problem which put both Haas drivers out of the Australian Grand Prix was a "freak" incident which the team hadn't previously experienced.

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‘Lucky’ Vettel enjoyed Australian GP win - PlanetF1

Benefitting from a Virtual Safety Car even Sebastian Vettel acknowledges that he got a "bit lucky" in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Driver ratings: Australian Grand Prix - PlanetF1

The 2018 season is officially underway, but which drivers and who flopped in the season opener?

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Verstappen: Something broke off the car - PlanetF1

Max Verstappen had to contend with a broken RB14 as he raced his way to sixth place in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

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Mercedes didn’t make a mistake, Ferrari got lucky – Horner | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Mercedes' Australian Grand Prix defeat was down to bad luck rather than bad strategy.

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Marchionne hails Ferrari’s “perfect strategy” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne congratulated the team on its winning start to the 2018 F1 season following Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Australian Grand Prix.

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Wolff blames software bug for lost win - PlanetF1

Toto Wolff has rubbished suggestions Lewis Hamilton was in way to blame for losing the Australian GP win, insisting it was a software glitch.

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Haas fined over pit errors which put both cars out | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Haas have been fined for the unsafe pit releases which put both their cars out of the Australian Grand Prix.

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Raikkonen: I’ll take it, third place - PlanetF1

Kimi Raikkonen may not have been the lucky Ferrari driver in Australia on Sunday but the Finn was nonetheless happy with his third place.

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From joy to absolutely misery for Haas - PlanetF1

Haas' Australian GP joy turned to misery on Sunday as Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean retired within two laps of each other.

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Mercedes suspect “software bug” caused Australian Grand Prix defeat | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said the team doesn't understand how it lost the Australian Grand Prix to Ferrari.

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How did Mercedes lose the race? - SkySports F1

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were cruising at the Australian GP, but Sebastian Vettel was the unlikely victor. How did he do it?

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Vettel snatches Melbourne win as VSC wipes smile off Hamilton’s face | 2018 Australian Grand Prix summary - F1 Fanatic

Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton to victory in the Australian Grand Prix in a race which swung on a mid-race Virtual Safety Car period.

Read more: Vettel snatches Melbourne win as VSC wipes smile off Hamilton’s face | 2018 Australian Grand Prix summary - F1 Fanatic

Vettel gets lucky to win Australian Grand Prix - F1technical.net

Sebastian Vettel has won the first race of the 2018 Formula One season after a lucky pitstop during a safety car period. The Ferrari driver had been behind both Hamilton and his own team mate until halfway a safety car period came at a very fortunate moment for the German.

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Vettel steals Australian GP win - SkySports F1

Sebastian Vettel robbed Lewis Hamilton of victory in the Australian GP with an opportunistic win in the season opener.

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2018 Australian Grand Prix race result | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Sebastian Vettel won the first race of 2018 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. Here's the full result.

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First blood Ferrari; heartbreak for Haas - PlanetF1

An opportunistic victory for Sebastian Vettel, despair for Haas and the Honda engine blows up...again. It's the start of the 2018 season...

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Rate the race: 2018 Australian Grand Prix | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

What did you think of today's race? Share your verdict on the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

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Race: Vettel shocks Hamilton to win Down Under - PlanetF1

Sebastian Vettel made the most of a Virtual Safety Car to snatch the Australian Grand Prix win from Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bottas on his crash: “In the moment it hurt a bit – I guess you earn that…” | RaceFans Round-up - F1 Fanatic

In the round-up: Bottas on his crash: "In the moment it hurt a bit - I guess you earn that..." • McLaren 'paid £57m to end Honda deal'

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What's the Australian GP grid? - SkySports F1

Valtteri Bottas will join Daniel Ricciardo in taking a grid penalty for Sunday's season-opening Australian GP after his heavy shunt in qualifying.

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Mercedes far ahead, as expected - Verstappen - F1technical.net

Max Verstappen wasn't the least bit surprised to see Lewis Hamilton emerge on top at the end of qualifying in Australia, nothing the team had expected them to be dominant. The Dutch Red Bull driver though was left to rue a mistake that may have cost him second place on the grid.

Read more: Mercedes far ahead, as expected - Verstappen - F1technical.net

Mercedes wary Bottas crash leaves Hamilton vulnerable | 2018 Australian Grand Prix pre-race analysis - F1 Fanatic

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is concerned Lewis Hamilton will be going into battle without a 'tail gunner' following Valtteri Bottas's crash.

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New safety car from the 2018 season - F1technical.net

Formula One’s governing body, FIA was pleased to announce that a new, more powerful safety car will make debut in tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix which is part of its constant pursue for providing better safety platform for race drivers.

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Australian GP facts before the race - F1technical.net

The 2018 Formula One World Championship starts off its long journey in Melbourne which has been its curtain-raiser since it moved there from Adelaide in 1996. Since then, there were only two years when Australia was deprived of its season-opener role: Bahrain kicked off the season in 2006 and 2010.

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New cars up to 1.9s faster than last year – but one team is slower | Lap time watch: 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

F1 cars are 10 seconds quicker at Albert Park than when they first visited the circuit in 1996. But one team failed to improve on its best lap time from a year ago.

Read more: New cars up to 1.9s faster than last year – but one team is slower | Lap time watch: 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

WATCH: Ted's Qualy Notebook - SkySports F1

Ted Kravitz rounds up all the stories from the opening Qualifying session of F1 2018 at the Australian GP.

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Pictures: All the F1 drivers’ 2018 helmet designs | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

Halo has made it harder than ever to spot drivers by their helmet designs. So this might be the best chance you to to appreciate all 20 of them.

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Mercedes PU advantage is still ominous – Red Bull - F1technical.net

Red Bull Racing’s consultant Helmut Marko and team principal Christian Horner insist Mercedes still enjoy a healthy margin over the other three engine manufacturers which makes them invincible.

Read more: Mercedes PU advantage is still ominous – Red Bull - F1technical.net

Haas drivers dismiss Alonso’s “Ferrari replica” jibe | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen dismissed Fernando Alonso's description of their car as a "Ferrari replica" following their strong start to the season in Australia.

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Rain for race day? - BBC F1

How will the weather in the southern hemisphere affect the first Grand Prix race of the new season and day 4 of the First Test between England and New Zealand?

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Bottas' body hurts and Alonso's picking fights: Australian GP latest - BBC F1

Hurting Bottas under big pressure, and Alonso picking fights already - get in the know before Sunday's season opener.

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Red Bull have made a “massive step forward” – Verstappen | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

Max Verstappen called Red Bull's RB14 a "massive step forward" after qualifying fourth for the Australian Grand Prix.

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Wolff: Hamilton did use ‘party mode’ in Q3 - PlanetF1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has counteracted Lewis Hamilton's claim that he did not use a superior engine mode in Q3 in Australia.

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Bottas poised for five-place grid penalty - PlanetF1

Valtteri Bottas is set to line up from at least P15 on the grid as his crashed W09 requires a new gearbox.

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Verstappen: I could have pipped both Ferraris - PlanetF1

Max Verstappen thinks P2 on the grid was achievable after a mistake on his final lap in Q3 restricted him to a second-row start.

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Alonso relieved with McLaren's car performance - F1technical.net

Despite missing out on Q3 for the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren's Fernando Alonso expressed relief about the actual performance of his MCL33. The Spaniard was happy to see the expectations from pre-season testing confirmed.

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Hamilton did use Mercedes’ ‘party mode’ in Q3, Wolff confirms | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

Lewis Hamilton did use Mercedes' high power setting, dubbed 'party mode', for his final laps at the end of qualifying, Mercedes motorsport manager Toto Wolff confirmed.

Read more: Hamilton did use Mercedes’ ‘party mode’ in Q3, Wolff confirms | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

Bottas to take grid penalty for gearbox change after crash | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Valtteri Bottas is expected to pick up a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change at the Australian Grand Prix.

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‘Happy’ Alonso to unleash ‘attacking mode’ - PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso declared himself happy with his qualifying performance which saw him miss out on Q3 by a tenth, and cannot wait to attack in Sunday's race.

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Mercedes’ Q3 ‘party mode’ is ‘scary and it sucks’ – Ricciardo | 2018 F1 season - F1 Fanatic

Daniel Ricciardo admitted he is frustrated by the ease with which Mercedes can increase their engine performance using their 'party mode' qualifying setting.

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Raikkonen concerned by Mercedes speed - PlanetF1

Kimi Raikkonen has said there is "an awful lot of work to be done" at Ferrari after witnessing Lewis Hamilton storm to pole position in Australia.

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Ricciardo: ‘I’ve been shot in the ankle’ - PlanetF1

Daniel Ricciardo's three-place grid penalty was still weighing on his mind after qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix.

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Bottas admits he was “pushing too hard” before crash | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Valtteri Bottas said his crash during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix was down to him "pushing too hard".

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Vettel mystified by Hamilton’s electric pace - PlanetF1

Sebastian Vettel has conceded that he had no idea "what Hamilton did" to storm to pole position in such a sudden, dominant manner.

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Alonso: McLaren have huge potential - SkySports F1

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren have "huge potential" in their car, but conceded 11th was what they deserved in Australian GP Qualifying.

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Bottas blames ‘damp’ track for Q3 crash - PlanetF1

Valtteri Bottas has said a "damp" part of the track was to blame for his sudden crash which resulted in an early exit from Q3.

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McLaren still has “huge potential to unlock” with Renault – Alonso | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Fernando Alonso says McLaren still have great potential to unlock from their car after he narrowly missed out on reaching Q3 today.

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Hamilton’s Q3 surge surprised Vettel: “I don’t know what he did” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Sebastian Vettel admitted Lewis Hamilton's surge to pole position in the final stages of qualifying at Melbourne took him by surprise.

Read more: Hamilton’s Q3 surge surprised Vettel: “I don’t know what he did” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

WATCH: Hamilton and Vettel clash - SkySports F1

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel appeared to renew their feisty F1 rivalry at the Australian GP, with the Mercedes driver telling his rival he hoped to "wipe the smile off your face" with his pole lap.

Read more: WATCH: Hamilton and Vettel clash - SkySports F1

Disappointed Perez says Force India’s pace is “worse than expected” | 2018 Australian Grand Prix - F1 Fanatic

Sergio Perez said Force India are less competitive than he expected after qualifying 13th for the Australian Grand Prix.

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Hamilton wanted to ‘wipe smile’ off Vettel’s face - PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton joked that he wanted to "wipe the smile" off Sebastian Vettel's face after a dominant display in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

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