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Raikkonen still struggling to find optimum comfort in Lotus cockpit

Raikkonen still struggling to find optimum comfort in Lotus cockpit

Mar.16 (F1 Media) Kimi Raikkonen experimented with a new power steering system on his Lotus E20 in free practice but will carry on with the existing steering rack for the Australian Grand Prix despite struggling to get good feeling from the car. “We tried a different steering rack in the first session,” he said. “It […]

Schumacher: Today was a nice start into a hopefully exciting season

Schumacher: Today was a nice start into a hopefully exciting season

May.16 (Reuters) Seven times a world champion and four times a winner of the Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher refused to get too excited about finishing top of the timesheets in a practice session on Friday. The German has not been on the podium since he began his comeback to Formula One after three years […]

Australian Grand Prix FIA Friday press conference

Australian Grand Prix FIA Friday press conference

Mar.16 (FIA) Full unedited transcript of the senior Formula 1 team representatives press conference on the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park in melbourne. Featuring: Luis Perez-Sala (HRT), Paul Hembey (Pirelli), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Ross Brawn (Mercedes) and Adam Parr (Williams) Press Conference Luis, it must have been an extraordinary […]

Williams: Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power sign trial

Press Release 16th March 2012. Grove, UK. The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have signed a ground breaking agreement to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses. Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power have agreed to work together to develop and produce six prototype […]

Sauber: Australian GP Friday practice report

Press Release Australian GP – Practice – Friday, 16.03.2012 Weather: showers, drying track, 19-21°C air, 18-21°C track In changing weather conditions the Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a smooth first day of free practice at the start of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. After some heavy showers the track was drying out during both […]

Ferrari: We’re very curious to know where we stand

Ferrari: We’re very curious to know where we stand

Mar.16 (Ferrari) The 2012 season has got underway in indecipherable fashion. After so many kilometres in winter testing at Jerez de la Frontera and Barcelona, today one could have expected a few indications from the first two free practice sessions of the Australian Grand Prix, however, the weather, which was to say the least somewhat […]

Mercedes: We learned a lot for the race here in Melbourne

Mercedes: We learned a lot for the race here in Melbourne

Mar.16 (Mercedes) The 2012 Formula One season got underway today with Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, taking part in the first two practice sessions in Melbourne ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. Overnight rain meant a damp track for the first session, with the use of dry tyres only possible in […]

Lotus: Solid in the second session with a high fuel load

Lotus: Solid in the second session with a high fuel load

Mar.16 (Lotus) Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean took to the track for the first practice sessions of 2012 today, with variable weather affecting the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park. Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director – Technical programme notes: We completed limited running due to the inclement weather; you learn […]

Melbourne Day 1: Pirelli report

Melbourne Day 1: Pirelli report

Mar.16 (Pirelli) The 2012 season got underway with the new Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate tyre – named after the range with which Pirelli started its original Formula One campaign in the 1950s – as Toro Rosso’s new recruit Jules Vergne took to a damp track in Albert Park for the first free practice session of […]

HRT: It’s been a complicated day

HRT: It’s been a complicated day

Mar.16 (HRT) The time has finally come and the first Grand Prix of the season got underway today at the semi-street circuit, Albert Park, in Melbourne. The rain made its presence, meaning that conditions were not ideal, but HRT Formula 1 Team’s target was to run as much as possible, no matter what the conditions […]

Force India: On days like this you just have to be patient

Force India: On days like this you just have to be patient

Mar.16 (Sahara Force India) Teams made the most of mixed weather conditions in Albert Park as the 2012 season got underway with free practice for the Australian Grand Prix. Paul Di Resta: “Difficult to say too much about the first or second session because the conditions were so inconsistent with the rain showers. Even so, […]

Marussia: It’s a little early to be getting carried away with ourselves

Marussia: It’s a little early to be getting carried away with ourselves

Mar.16 (Marussia) The opening free practice sessions for Sunday’s curtain-raising 2012 Qantas Australian Grand Prix were always going to be about the Marussia F1 Team getting their feet wet, as the team fielded its as yet untested MR01 race cars for the first time in competitive conditions. In that respect the team were not disappointed, […]

Malaysia will not modify circuit to host night race

Malaysia will not modify circuit to host night race

Mar.16 (GMM) Sepang circuit management will not modify its circuit in order to organise a Formula 1 night race, organisers of the Malaysian grand prix said on Friday. Melbourne – in a similar timezone – is coming under increasing pressure from Bernie Ecclestone to install floodlights and host its race at night, to better serve […]

McLaren: A positive start to our weekend

McLaren: A positive start to our weekend

Mar.16 (McLaren) Team and drivers report on the first day of free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Jenson Button “Even though it doesn’t mean too much, it’s always nice to start the season with the quickest time of the day. […]

Caterham: We can be pleased with the job we did today

Caterham: We can be pleased with the job we did today

Mar.16 (Caterham) Team and drivers report on the first day of free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Heikki Kovalainen: “The car felt good from the first proper run this morning and we found that the baseline we had set over […]

Red Bull: We still have some work to do

Red Bull: We still have some work to do

Mar.16 (Red Bull) Team and drivers report on the first day of free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Mark Webber: “We did learn a little today – but after nine weeks of anxious waiting it was a shame with the […]

Williams: Both the drivers and the team performed well

Williams: Both the drivers and the team performed well

Mar.16 (Williams) Team and drivers report on the first day of free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: “The weather dominated both sessions, with each session being declared wet and thereby limiting the base programme. Both […]

Sauber: Really looking forward to remainder of the weekend

Sauber: Really looking forward to remainder of the weekend

Mar.16 (Sauber) In changing weather conditions the Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a smooth first day of free practice at the start of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. After some heavy showers the track was drying out during both sessions at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne. Both Sauber C31-Ferraris were reliable and, despite […]

Toro Rosso: Our weekend has got off on the right foot

Toro Rosso: Our weekend has got off on the right foot

Mar.16 (Toro Rosso) Team and drivers report on the first day of free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Round 1 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Jean-Eric Vergne: “My first Friday as a Formula 1 driver was a good feeling. Being the first driver out on track this […]

Melbourne Practice 2: Schumacher fastest in topsy turvy session

Melbourne Practice 2: Schumacher fastest in topsy turvy session

Mar.16 (PVM) Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher topped the timing screens at the end of free practice two of the Australian Grand Prix weekend at a wet and overcast Albert Park circuit. A miserable day in Melbourne greeted the new Formula 1 season, and although there were brief periods of sunshine it was mostly […]

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