AUSTRALIAN GP

  • Mercedes' Nico Rosberg wins season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Formula One's season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag. Ricciardo's exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration...
  • Sebastian Vettel's winning streak ends in Australia March 16, 2014

    Sebastian Vettel's record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem. The German complained of a lack of boost pressure during his pre-race installation lap and was noticeably lacking in power...
  • Rosberg fastest in Australian GP third practice March 15, 2014

    Melbourne: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice session for the season-opening Formula One Australian Grand Prix, well clear of his rivals. Rosberg was 1.4 seconds faster than the next-best driver, Jenson Button of McLaren, around the Albert Park street circuit. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third fastest,...
  • Hulkenberg confident of ending Australian GP woes March 13, 2014

    Melbourne: Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg has a modest ambition for this weekend's Formula One season opener in Australia - finishing a lap. Hulkenberg has failed to finish a single lap of the race in three previous visits to the Albert Park circuit - twice crashing out and once retiring with...
  • Vettel takes pole position for Australian GP March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, in a qualifying session unusually held on race day Sunday. Vettel qualified in a time of 1 minute, 27.407 seconds around the Albert Park circuit, and was joined in an all-Red Bull front...
  • Ferrari make most of sunny practice for Australian GP March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa made hay while the sun shone during Friday's first day of practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, ahead of unpredictable weather and track outcomes forecast for qualifying and race day on Sunday. Alonso and Massa lived...
  • Rolex unveils pit lane clock at Australian GP March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Rolex, title sponsor of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, unveiled the new Rolex pit lane clock at the Albert Park circuit here on Thursday. The clock face on a pit lane gantry has been specially designed and created to be present at all the 19 races through the...
  • Force India's Paul di Resta wants maiden podium March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: British Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta is aiming for his maiden podium finish in the 2013 season which kicks off this weekend here at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. "Getting a podium is the next thing on my list of achievements. We came very close in Singapore....
  • Home victory would be sensational: Webber March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber thinks that winning his home Grand Prix on Sunday would be sensational. Webber's best finish at the Albert Park here has been fourth place which he achieved last year. With Red Bull expected to be challenging for victory this weekend, Webber admitted that...
  • Alonso is the guy I want to beat: Hamilton March 10, 2013

    London: Lewis Hamilton has singled out Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the rival the Mercedes driver wants to beat more than any other man on the Formula One grid. The 2008 world champion told British reporters ahead of the Australian season-opener in Melbourne next weekend that he saw the Spaniard as...
  • Ferrari doubt they will be fastest in Australia February 26, 2013

    London: Ferrari are unlikely to have the fastest car when the Formula One season starts in Australia next month but they hope to be close enough for Fernando Alonso to make the difference, according to team principal Stefano Domenicali. "The situation at the moment seems to be alright, alright with the...
  • Mercedes seem hungrier than McLaren, says Hamilton January 24, 2013

    Brackley: Lewis Hamilton rejected talk of Mercedes being a team in turmoil on Thursday and said his new Formula One employers seemed even hungrier for success than McLaren. Before addressing Mercedes employees at the team's factory near Silverstone in central England, the 2008 world champion told reporters he had seen...
  • Aus GP: McLarenRed Bull all over again March 20, 2012

    Paris: The more things change, the more they remain the same. At least, the first race of the 2012 Formula One season suggests so. Compared to last year there have been many changes in the sport. Regulations have been modified, new technical partnerships have been formed, some driver line ups...
  • Latest error could fire up 'Iceman' Raikkonen March 18, 2012

    Paris: Kimi Raikkonen continues to be an enigma. The 2007 world champion had a forgettable qualifying in Melbourne on Saturday as he could only manage an embarrassing 17th place on the starting grid for the seasonopening Australian Grand Prix. The reason it was embarrassing was because his teammate and...
  • Dismal season start for Ferrari in Australia March 17, 2012

    Melbourne: Ferrari have had their share of disappointments during their mainly dominant time as Formula One's leading team, yet its difficult to remember a more dispiriting start to a season than Saturday's dismal performance at the Australian Grand Prix. Twotime F1 champion Fernando Alonso spun off into a gravel trap early...
  • Grosjean thrilled to restart F1 career well March 17, 2012

    Melbourne: Romain Grosjean provided the shock of Saturday's qualifying session at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, rocketing his Lotus to third place and providing a salutary lesson in persistence and selfbelief. When the Frenchman departed Formula One after a brief, errorstrewn spell in 2009, it was hard to envisage him...
  • Aus GP: Raikkonen knocked out in first qualifying March 17, 2012

    Melbourne: Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, returning to Formula One after two years away, failed to get through the first phase of qualifying for the seasonopening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. The Finn, who won from pole position for Ferrari at Albert Park in 2007, lost control of his Lotus on...
  • McLaren keep title hopes from Button, Hamilton March 13, 2012

    London: McLaren have high hopes from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button for the upcoming Formula One season, expecting their drivers to challenge Red Bull in the title race. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have won both the drivers' and the constructors' championships in the past two seasons, and last year...
  • Karthikeyan geared up for new season March 13, 2012

    Paris: Narain Karthikeyan is all set for his second consecutive Formula One season after making a comeback to the sport last year. With only five days left before the start of the season opening with the Australian GP, Narain, the only Indian driver racing in 2012, spoke exclusively to IBNlive.com...
  • Ferrari fear Melbourne podium is out of reach March 5, 2012

    Ferrari gave Italians the bad news on Sunday with a warning that their new Formula One car was unlikely to be a winner, or even in the podium places, when the season starts in Australia in two weeks' time. "In the hunt for the podium in Melbourne? At the moment I'd...
  • Sauber to appeal against GP exclusion March 27, 2011

    Melbourne: Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi were disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday for technical infringements, after finishing seventh and eighth, International Automobile Federation (FIA) stewards said in a statement. Sauber would appeal, the team said in a statement. Mexican rookie Perez had earlier celebrated a fairytale debut...
  • Hamilton wins Australian F1 Grand Prix March 16, 2008

    Melbourne: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton started from pole position and avoided the carnage behind him to win an accidentfilled Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton was never seriously threatened and won in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 50.616 seconds to claim his fifth victory in 18 Grand Prix starts. The 23yearold...
  • Australian GP: Force India's Fisichella to start 16th March 15, 2008

    New Delhi: Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella finished 17th in the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne earlier on Saturday but will start 16th after Toyota driver Timo Glock, who qualified ninth, was penalised twice and pushed back to the 19 spot. The other driver of the team,...
  • Raikkonen, Hamilton renew rivalry in Melbourne March 14, 2008

    Melbourne: Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton renewed their rivalry on Friday with pacesetting performances in the two practice sessions for Formula One's Australian seasonopener. Ferrari's Raikkonen, limbering up for his first race as world champion, laid down an early marker for Sunday's grand prix with a one minute 26.461 second...
  • Australia may lose Grand Prix May 20, 2007

    Sydney: Australia is in danger of losing its Grand Prix unless it moves the event to the evening, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone told an Australian newspaper on Sunday. Ecclestone told the Sunday Herald Sun that he wanted the race switched from the afternoon so it would fit in better...
  • Kimi debuts with Australian GP win March 18, 2007

    Melbourne: Finland's Kimi Raikkonen made a triumphant start to his Ferrari career with a poletoflag victory in the seasonopening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The 27yearold, stepping into the seat vacated by the retired Michael Schumacher at the Italian Formula One team, punched the air with his fists as he...