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Caterham: Not the start to the weekend we wanted

Caterham: Not the start to the weekend we wanted

Caterham team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-01: “That was a more difficult start to my first full Grand Prix weekend than I’d have liked, but hopefully that means […]

Williams: Straightforward day and managed to complete our planned programme

Williams: Straightforward day and managed to complete our planned programme

Williams team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Felipe Massa, P1 – 1:32.431, 4th; P2 – 1:31.119, 12th “It was good to get a strong number of laps on the track today and a chance to […]

Lotus: We experienced quite a few issues

Lotus: We experienced quite a few issues

Lotus team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Romain Grosjean, P1 –no time, 22nd; P2 – 1:33.646, 18th “If we take the positives we can say that we’ve completed a few practice starts, and we’ve […]

Mercedes: We can be pleased with our pace, both on single laps and longer runs

Mercedes: We can be pleased with our pace, both on single laps and longer runs

Mercedes team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Nico Rosberg, P1 – 1:32.604, 6th; P2 – 1:29.782, 2nd: “It was so great to be back in the car today and I’m very pleased with the progress […]

Toro Rosso: We made a decent start to the race weekend and actually achieved a lot of the mileage

Toro Rosso: We made a decent start to the race weekend and actually achieved a lot of the mileage

Toro Rosso team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Jean-Eric Vergne, P1 – 1:33.446, 10th; P2 – 1:31.060, 11th: “It was a really good day today without any problems in either session. Considering how hard the […]

Force India: The first two sessions of the 2014 season have gone pretty much to plan for us

Force India: The first two sessions of the 2014 season have gone pretty much to plan for us

Force India team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Sergio Perez, P1 – 1.33.855, 12th; P2 – 1:31.283, 13th: “It’s been a successful day in terms of the work we’ve done and I think we can […]

Marussia: We are pleased with the progress we have made

Marussia: We are pleased with the progress we have made

Marussia team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne: Jules Bianchi, P1 – 1:40.859, 16th; P2 – 1:33.486, 17th: “First of all, it’s great to be back racing and at the place where it all began 12 […]

Sauber: Overall it was a difficult day

Sauber: Overall it was a difficult day

Sauber team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne: Adrian Sutil, P1 – 1:36.445, 15th; P2 – 1:32.355, 14th “It was a difficult day. However, the afternoon was better than the morning. Unfortunately we couldn’t do much […]

Renault giving customer teams full power in Melbourne

Renault giving customer teams full power in Melbourne

Renault is giving its Formula 1 customer teams full power in for the Formula 1 season opener in Australia. The French marque is still grappling to solve the serious problems encountered during the winter test sessions, where the new Viry-made turbo V6s were ‘turned down’. “We did not have the necessary experience with well-functioning software,” […]

Melbourne Free Practice 1: Alonso strikes first but some not ready for season opener

Melbourne Free Practice 1: Alonso strikes first but some not ready for season opener

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso kicked off his 2014 season by topping the time sheets at the end of the first Free Practice of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, as reliability problems saw the new Formula 1 season open with a whimper rather than a bang. The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds […]

No team orders at Mercedes despite possible dominance

No team orders at Mercedes despite possible dominance

The Mercedes F1 drivers’ charge for victory in Melbourne will be unfettered by team orders according to the team’s drivers and management. At the same Albert Park venue 16 years ago, McLaren enraged the spectators, having arrived for the 1998 season opener with its totally dominant car. Now, the similarly-silver Mercedes cars are the class […]

Signs of strain between Mercedes duo Hamilton and Rosberg starting to emerge

Signs of strain between Mercedes duo Hamilton and Rosberg starting to emerge

The relationship between this year’s likely Formula 1 world title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg may already be showing signs of strain. The Mercedes duo’s friendship and rivalry dates back to their boyhood days in the junior categories, but it could be tested to the limit in 2014 as the Brackley team looks set […]

Teams could sit out Saturday Free Practice in Melbourne

Teams could sit out Saturday Free Practice in Melbourne

It has emerged that television and trackside viewers face a questionable spectacle on the Saturday morning of the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park. As ever, an hour of practice is scheduled to finish just two hours before the all-important qualifying hour. Some teams, however, may not bother to send their cars out at all […]

Australian Grand Prix: Drivers press conference from Melbourne full transcript

Australian Grand Prix: Drivers press conference from Melbourne full transcript

Full transcript from the FIA hosted drivers press conference ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Part in Melbourne, featuring: Felipe Massa (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Press […]

Vettel: It’s no secret you need very, very strong reliability to be a title contender

Vettel: It’s no secret you need very, very strong reliability to be a title contender

Red Bull will put a very different car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday. Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come […]

Alonso: Strategic errors could be very costly this season

Alonso: Strategic errors could be very costly this season

Many times in recent years Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have pulled the proverbial ‘rabbit out the hat’ and scored great results due to excellent race craft and shrewd strategy, which the Spaniard believes the reds can use in their favour once again this season while also warning that “errors will be punished”. Speaking ahead of […]

Raikkonen: Even if the atmosphere seems a bit different it’s still the same great team

Raikkonen: Even if the atmosphere seems a bit different it’s still the same great team

Kimi Raikkonen begins his second stint as a Ferrari driver at this weekend’s season opening Australian Grand Prix, and admits that although the outfit he left in 2009 is different in some ways, it still remains a great team. Speaking ahead of the Melbourne opener Raikkonen said, “Some faces have changed but even if the […]

Button targeting wins this year with McLaren

Button targeting wins this year with McLaren

Jenson Button starts his fifteenth season as a grand prix driver when he climbs into his McLaren for the start of the first free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, and is adamant he will return to the top step of the podium this year. Speaking to media on the eve of the […]

Grosjean admits situation ahead of Melbourne is a little bit strange

Grosjean admits situation ahead of Melbourne is a little bit strange

From the moment Lotus decided to miss out the season opening Jerez F1 test in January they have been on the back foot, and their star driver Romain Grosjean admits things are a tad strange ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend because he has no idea what the source of the problems are. Speaking […]

Chilton targeting points finish in Australia

Chilton targeting points finish in Australia

Marussia driver Max Chilton starts his second year in Formula 1 targeting points at the season opening Australian Grand Prix, believing that merely finishing on the day could realise his ambition. “I try and bring the car home as much as possible but obviously the car’s got to bring me home as well. I don’t […]

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