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Stewards to be lenient on 107 percent qualifying rule

Stewards to be lenient on 107 percent qualifying rule

Formula 1 stewards are likely to make allowances for any driver who fails to qualify for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix due to problems with the new engines, race director Charlie Whiting said on Thursday. Under the regulations, to qualify for the race drivers must clock a time within 107 percent of that set by […]

Kvyat calm and relaxed ahead of his grand prix debut

Kvyat calm and relaxed ahead of his grand prix debut

Teenage rookie Daniil Kvyat is taking his Formula 1 debut weekend in his stride, revealing that he feels “calm, relaxed, no rush” ahead of the biggest weekend of his career. Speaking to media in Melbourne, on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Kvyat said of his feelings, “Excited, but nothing special. I’m quite excited […]

Hamilton: Everyone’s talking us up but we really can’t say what’s going to happen

Hamilton: Everyone’s talking us up but we really can’t say what’s going to happen

Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing. The Formula 1 teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top […]

The Big Questions: Who will qualify and who will finish in Melbourne?

The Big Questions: Who will qualify and who will finish in Melbourne?

When asked how many cars he thinks will finish Sunday’s 2014 season opening Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo grinned his usual grin and answered mischievously: “No one. We’re all going to be running across the line!” The Australian was only half-joking, and may in fact be spot on… Indeed, after the calamitous testing rounds at Jerez […]

McLaren’s black and silver Mobil livery only for Melbourne

McLaren’s black and silver Mobil livery only for Melbourne

McLaren will run prominent Mobil branding on its 2014 car in a one-off Melbourne exclusive livery deal this weekend in Australia. Earlier, we reported that after the MP4-29 was tested in all silver throughout the winter, new bodywork with the addition of the colour black was spotted in the Melbourne pitlane. The British team has […]

Ricciardo: I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb

Ricciardo: I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb

Red Bull newcomer Daniel Ricciardo is not expecting to slot into predecessor Mark Webber’s awkward position within the team’s hierarchy, as he believes that his strong relationship with Helmut Marko will help him. Australian Webber, who has left Formula 1 for Porsche’s new Le Mans foray, often hinted that his side of the garage was […]

McLaren to feature black streaks on 2014 race livery

McLaren to feature black streaks on 2014 race livery

McLaren, who have yet to announce a title sponsor, have tweaked the livery of their 2014 Formula 1 cars ahead of the Melbourne season opener. The Mercedes-powered car launched by the Woking based team and tested throughout the winter was all silver, with ‘MP4-29′ marked on the silver sidepods in the wake of title sponsor […]

Vettel: We have to fight, charge forward and take everything we can get

Vettel: We have to fight, charge forward and take everything we can get

After five years of unimaginable success Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have been brought down to earth with a thump as their 2014 car has been plagued with problems since it was unveiled at Jerez in January. Nevertheless the quadruple world champion is adamant that they will fight with “whatever is at their disposal”. Speaking […]

2013 Australian GP winners Lotus braced for tough start to new season

2013 Australian GP winners Lotus braced for tough start to new season

Last year’s Australian Grand Prix race winners Lotus are braced for a tough start to the Formula 1 season starting in Melbourne, with their immediate target being just reaching the finish after a difficult time in testing. French driver Romain Grosjean, who was regularly challenging for podium places last year, accepted that the first few […]

Grosjean: We’re not as well prepared as last year, that is for sure!

Grosjean: We’re not as well prepared as last year, that is for sure!

After a frustrating pre-season, Lotus driver  Romain Grosjean contemplates the challenge ahead, explaining how he is expecting plenty of surprises and drama at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. How well prepared do you feel heading in to the start of this season? Grosjean: Probably not as well prepared as last year, that is […]

Maldonado: Everything feels good and I think the potential of the E22 is huge

Maldonado: Everything feels good and I think the potential of the E22 is huge

Enstone debutant Pastor Maldonado is focused and determined to extract the very best possible in his first race for Lotus F1 Team, when the red lights go out to signal the start of the season opening Australian Grand Prix, and with it the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship season. How’s the relationship evolving at your […]

Lopez: We head into the first race of 2014 with a lot of expectation but many unknowns

Lopez: We head into the first race of 2014 with a lot of expectation but many unknowns

Gerard Lopez, Lotus F1 Team Chairman, admits that the off season has been something of a challenging time for his team but remains upbeat about what the future may have in store ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, which also heralds a totally new era for the sport. Previewing the weekend in Melbourne, […]

Australian Grand Prix: Renault previews Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix: Renault previews Melbourne

Renault F1 Sport previews the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne. Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: “Melbourne has always been a very tough circuit for Formula 1 cars, but this year the challenge will be even greater with the […]

Australian Grand Prix: Toro Rosso previews Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix: Toro Rosso previews Melbourne

Toro Rosso drivers preview the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne from 14 to 16 March 2014. Daniil Kvyat: “I have never driven the Albert Park circuit, but I’ve watched lots of the races there and seen the on-board footage, so I have […]

Webber still in the F1 paddock despite retirement

Webber still in the F1 paddock despite retirement

After more than a decade as a driver on the Formula 1 grid, Mark Webber will still be in the paddock this weekend as a new season begins, but as a VIP guest. But the Australian warned the sport’s regulars not to expect to see his chiselled jaw too often now that he has switched […]

Boullier: I will feel proud arriving in Melbourne wearing McLaren team kit

Boullier: I will feel proud arriving in Melbourne wearing McLaren team kit

Eric Boullier was instrumental in the transformation of Renault to Lotus, and thus his abrupt decision to quit the Entone squad and join McLaren took the Formula 1 world by surprise, but a few months into his career with at Woking the Frenchman is heading to Melbourne with pride. Speaking ahead of the season opener […]

Magnussen: It’s crazy to even think about racing in Melbourne

Magnussen: It’s crazy to even think about racing in Melbourne

Ahead of his first ever grand prix in Australia, Kevin Magnussen can hardly contain his excitement and already the young Dane has gathered a legion of followers impressed by the way he applied himself during preseason testing. “Wow – it feels strange knowing that the next time I drive my car out of the garage, […]

Button: The Australian GP is going to be a fascinating sporting contest

Button: The Australian GP is going to be a fascinating sporting contest

Jenson Button looks ahead to the Australian Grand Prix and believes that in the McLaren MP4-29 the team has a car with great potential which may take a few races before it becomes apparent, while admitting he is excited as a new era dawns for the sport. Previewing the Melbourne season opener, Button said, “I […]

Australian Grand Prix: Pirelli preview Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix: Pirelli preview Melbourne

Following three pre-season tests during which the teams tried out their radical new cars for the first time, the 2014 Formula One season begins in Australia with a complete range of new tyres. With a far-reaching set of fresh regulations in 2014, this is the fourth brand new range of Formula One tyres in as […]

Australian Grand Prix: McLaren preview Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix: McLaren preview Melbourne

The vibrant, coastal city of Melbourne has been Formula 1’s regular starting point for almost two decades. Its narrow run-offs, low grip surface and unpredictable weather, allied to the fact that it offers the drivers their first chance to blow away the cobwebs after the long winter break, means the Australian Grand Prix is invariably […]

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