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  • Rosberg’s opening round win vital says Niki Lauda

    Rosberg’s opening round win vital says Niki Lauda

    Nico Rosberg would have “suffered” had he not beaten Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Niki Lauda has said. Rosberg, who has seen his Mercedes team-mate win successive championships, started his...

  • Button in favour of halo device

    Jenson Button believes Formula One’s controversial halo device would have helped Fernando Alonso in his spectacular crash. The halo, which made its debut in pre-season testing, has attracted some criticism but is set to be introduced next season.

  • Qualifying can be changed for Bahrain – Ecclestone

    Formula One needs to change its new qualifying format after it fell flat at yesterday’s Australian season-opener and tweaks can be made before the next race in Bahrain, according to commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The new format, based on...

  • Lewis Hamilton on pole for first race of the season

    Lewis Hamilton on pole for first race of the season

    Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for tomorrow's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but Formula One's revamped qualifying format was nothing short of a disaster. The new elimination-style system was introduced by the sport's hierarchy to shake...

  • Hamilton tops times but Rosberg crashes

    Hamilton tops times but Rosberg crashes

    Lewis Hamilton began the defence of his Formula One title in the best possible fashion by topping the timesheets in both of yesterday’s rain-affected practice sessions. Hamilton completed only 21 laps at Melbourne’s Albert Park with heavy rain and...

  • Party over for Hamilton as new season dawns

    Party over for Hamilton as new season dawns

    Lewis Hamilton spent the off-season crisscrossing the globe to party with A-list celebrities but Formula One’s reigning champion is adamant there will be no hangover when he returns to work at this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand...

  • Ferrari can challenge Mercedes – Vettel

    Ferrari can challenge Mercedes – Vettel

    Mercedes are deserving favourites to win the Formula One championship again but Ferrari have a car that can challenge the Silver Arrows this year, four-times champion Sebastian Vettel said yesterday. Ferrari showed impressive pace during...

  • Radio clampdown gets poor reception

    A fresh clampdown on radio communications during Formula One races has been branded as “unnecessary” and “strange” by the drivers in the lead-up to Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. Governing body FIA will restrict messaging between drivers and pit...

  • Renault release bold yellow design ahead of F1 return in Melbourne

    Renault release bold yellow design ahead of F1 return in Melbourne

    Renault will be standing out from the pack on their return to Formula One after unveiling a bold colour scheme on the eve of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The French manufacturer, who are back in the sport as manufacturer for the first...

  • Hamilton fires warning to F1 rivals

    Hamilton fires warning to F1 rivals

    Lewis Hamilton has warned his rivals that he still has much more to offer as he prepares to defend his Formula One crown. The 31-year-old is bidding to become the first British driver to win four champion-ships when the season starts in Melbourne...

  • Rosberg expects long future with Mercedes

    Nico Rosberg expects to have “many more years” at Mercedes despite entering the final term of his existing deal with the world champions. Rosberg and his world championship winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton have both been warned that they could...

  • Hamilton suffers rare glitch as Formula One testing ends

    Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes suffered a rare mechanical failure on Friday as Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Barcelona with Ferrari back on top of the timesheets. “I’m kind of glad I broke the car at the end of my final run because...

  • FIA approves new F1 qualifying format

    FIA approves new F1 qualifying format

    Formula One’s governing body approved yesterday a new elimination-style qualifying format that will be implemented from this month’s Australian season-opener, despite some drivers questioning why it was necessary. The International Automobile...

  • Raikkonen uses halo closed cockpit system

    Raikkonen uses halo closed cockpit system

    Kimi Raikkonen has become the first Formula One driver to run with the Halo closed cockpit system. Raikkonen tested the cockpit protection device during yesterday morning’s testing in Spain – the first time the system has been seen on an F1 car...

  • Mercedes still the team to beat – Hill

    Mercedes still the team to beat – Hill

    Former world champion Damon Hill fears Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton could have a nasty surprise in store for their Formula One rivals when the season starts in Melbourne on March 20. The Briton said that he expected Mercedes, champions for the past...

  • Palmer not a fan of closed cockpits in F1

    Jolyon Palmer fears the introduction of driver head protection will go against the traditional values of Formula One. The FIA, the sport’s governing body, recently announced that improved cockpit protection is due to be introduced in 2017 with the...

  • New F1 qualifying faces delayed introduction

    New F1 qualifying faces delayed introduction

    The introduction of Formula One’s new qualifying system will be delayed until the fifth race of the season due to technical issues, the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told reporters last weekend. The season starts in Australia on...

  • Hamilton hails ‘fantastic’ car

    Hamilton hails ‘fantastic’ car

    Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his ‘fantastic’ Mercedes after wrapping up the first pre-season test with another 99 laps yesterday. “It’s been an incredible week of testing for us because we’ve done more mileage than we...

  • Formula One fans to vote for the ‘Driver of the Day’

    Formula One fans to vote for the ‘Driver of the Day’

    Formula One is to introduce a ‘Driver of the Day’ award with fans voting online during the race, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said yesterday in a statement detailing changes for 2016 and 2017. It also confirmed that a...

  • Mercedes cover five race distances

    Mercedes cover five race distances

    World champions Mercedes have now completed an incredible five race distances in two days of ominous pre-season testing in Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton, the triple-world champion, racked up 156 laps on Monday before team-mate Nico Rosberg added a...

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