Australian Grand Prix

  • Red Bull threaten to quit Formula One: report 26-03-2014 10:59 AM

    Defending Formula One champions Red Bull have threatened to quit Formula One after Daniel Ricciardo was stripped off his podium finish in the 2014 season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, The Telegraph has reported. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has said the presence of his team in F1 is...
  • Red Bull appeal against Daniel Ricciardo disqualification 20-03-2014 08:28 PM

    Formula One champions Red Bull have formally appealed against the disqualification of Australian Daniel Ricciardo from his home grand prix in Melbourne last weekend, the team said on Thursday. A spokeswoman confirmed the necessary documentation had been submitted. Ricciardo finished second in the race, his debut for Red Bull after...
  • Controversy outshines promising start to F1 season 20-03-2014 09:24 AM

    Melbourne: Formula One should be celebrating a promising start to its era of new engines and the welcome injection of some fresh faces on the podium at the Australian Grand Prix. Instead, the series is mired in problems just one week into the season. Moments after a champagne-soaked Daniel Ricciardo...
  • Teams may pay price for quieter F1, says Ecclestone 18-03-2014 08:11 AM

    A commotion about Formula One's new quieter cars could hit the sport's revenues and lead to teams getting less money if promoters take legal action, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday. Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker said after Sunday's season-opener that he was not happy with the...
  • Australian GP boss raps Ecclestone about quiet cars 17-03-2014 12:49 PM

    Australian Grand Prix organisers have complained to Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone about the quieter V6-powered cars and say their reduced volume may have breached race contracts with Formula One management. Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chairman Ron Walker had already expressed his misgivings to Ecclestone, the organiser's CEO...
  • Formula One standings after the Australian Grand Prix 17-03-2014 02:19 AM

    Nico Rosberg celebrated a dominant win for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo suffered the heartbreak of being stripped of his first podium hours after the finish. Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian Vettel retired early on with reliability problems, the...
  • Force India opens F1 season with double points finish 16-03-2014 11:53 PM

    Melbourne: Sahara Force India made a dream start to Formula One season with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ensuring double points finish for the Siverstone-based outfit by securing creditable sixth and 10th positions, respectively at the eventful Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hulkenberg marked his return to Sahara Force India...
  • Kevin Magnussen shines as new F1 generation makes mark 16-03-2014 11:28 PM

    Melbourne: Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen put Formula One's old guard on notice on Sunday with a stunning second place for McLaren on his Australian Grand Prix debut. The 21-year-old's performance at Albert Park made him the first Dane to stand on an F1 podium, as well as the highest placed...
  • Nico Hulkenberg helps Force India earn 6 points 16-03-2014 07:56 PM

    Melbourne: Force India enjoyed a positive start to the 2014 Formula 1 season as Nico Hulkenberg scored six points with a seventh-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix here Sunday. Teammate Sergio Perez just missed out on points in 11th. Mercedes' driver Nico Rosberg delivered a superlative performance to win...
  • Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australia Grand Prix 16-03-2014 06:59 PM

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was stripped of his first Formula One podium finish at his home Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after his car was found to have broken fuel regulations, the governing FIA said. The decision meant McLaren's Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen moved up from third to second, with...
  • Mercedes' Nico Rosberg wins season-opening Australian Grand Prix 16-03-2014 01:21 PM

    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...
  • Sebastian Vettel's winning streak ends in Australia 16-03-2014 12:59 PM

    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...
  • Kevin Magnussen shines light in McLaren gloom 15-03-2014 06:33 PM

    Cheery smiles and high-fives were a rare sight in the McLaren garage last year, but new boy Kevin Magnussen inspired a bout of happy back-slapping when he put the British team on the second row for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Dane, son of former Formula one racer...
  • Daniel Ricciardo seizes Mark Webber's mantle with both hands 15-03-2014 06:22 PM

    Daniel Ricciardo's promotion to the Red Bull hot seat promised a more pliable partner for Sebastian Vettel, but the 24-year-old's impressive qualifying at his home Grand Prix suggests the world champion has another gritty Australian to deal with. Tensions with his former team-mate Mark Webber were a hallmark of Vettel's...
  • Ferrari's first priority at Australian GP is to finish the race 15-03-2014 04:56 PM

    Melbourne: Starting fifth on the grid for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he has every chance of a podium finish if his car lasts the distance in Sunday's race. Although the Ferraris have appeared off the pace of front-running Mercedes across the race...
  • Lewis Hamilton justifies favorite tag for Mercedes 15-03-2014 04:43 PM

    Bad weather and a plucky Australian driver threatened to rain on Mercedes' parade at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but Lewis Hamilton's last-gasp pole kept the Silver Arrows on top for Sunday's race. A topsy-turvy day of howling gales, rain squalls and crashes came to a head in the...
  • Sebastian Vettel bewildered by qualifying flop in Melbourne 15-03-2014 04:32 PM

    Melbourne: Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he can't understand why he struggled so much in a rain-hit qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, pushing him down to a starting grid spot of 12th for Sunday's race. Vettel, who is aiming for his fifth-straight drivers' championship,...
  • Hulkenberg qualifies 7th but Perez a poor 16th for Aus GP 15-03-2014 03:14 PM

    Melbourne: Comeback man Nico Hulkenberg has put Sahara Force India in contention for points in the season- opening Australian Grand Prix by securing a seventh place on the grid but Sergio Perez could manage only the 16th spot. The 2014 Formula One season will kick off under new regulations as...
  • Hamilton takes pole at Australian GP, Vettel 12th 15-03-2014 12:42 PM

    Melbourne: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a rainy qualifying session on Saturday, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will start the race from 12th after being caught out by the wet conditions. Vettel was joined by fellow big-name drivers Kimi...
  • Interview: Daniel Ricciardo happy to be in Sebastian Vettel's company 15-03-2014 12:32 PM

    Daniel Ricciardo never thought he would be driving alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull. He also must not have ever dreamt of being a replacement of Red Bull veteran Mark Webber. But he will doing both in 2014. Ricciardo, who drove for Toro Rosso for two seasons...
  • Mercedes a second faster than the rest, says Jenson Button 14-03-2014 10:34 PM

    Mercedes are about a second a lap quicker than everyone else already, McLaren's Jenson Button said on Friday after rival and former team mate Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Australian Grand Prix practice. Button, the 2009 Formula One champion, was second and fifth fastest respectively in the day's two...
  • Red Bull see glimpses of hope in Australia 14-03-2014 03:31 PM

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed an "extremely encouraging" Friday for the Formula One champions at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after they banished some winter testing demons with a strong showing in practice. Red Bull's pre-season was abysmal, with neither quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel nor team mate Daniel...
  • Hulkenberg 10th fastest in Practice for Australian GP 14-03-2014 03:15 PM

    Melbourne: Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was among the top-10 drivers in the practice session for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, here. Hulkenberg, who has returned to the side, managed his fastest lap in FP1 in 1 minute and 33.533 seconds but cut down at least two...
  • Gastaldi appointed Lotus deputy principal 14-03-2014 02:22 PM

    The Lotus Formula One team appointed Federico Gastaldi as deputy principal with immediate effect at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday. The Argentine has been with the team since 2010 and was also involved with predecessors Benetton, in the role of director of business development. "Federico was instrumental in...
  • Mercedes pair fastest at Australian GP practice 14-03-2014 12:46 PM

    Melbourne: Mercedes confirmed its status as favourite to win the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix by setting the fastest two times in Friday's practice sessions, with Lewis Hamilton edging his team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton failed to complete a lap in the opening practice session due to a malfunctioning oil...
  • F1's new sound gets thumbs down 14-03-2014 12:09 PM

    Melbourne: Formula One's new sound has received the thumbs down from a few big names of motorsport. The switch to V6 turbo hybrid engines may suit automakers, but some observers believe they've stripped away the sport's powerful sound. During Friday's testing sessions for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Indy Car...
  • Red Bull two months behind rivals: Hakkinen 14-03-2014 11:30 AM

    Red Bull's abysmal winter testing has left them badly lagging behind their Formula One rivals and they will need at least two months to get their cars performing at optimal level, according to double world champion Mika Hakkinen. Red Bull have admitted they are playing catch-up ahead of Sunday's season-opening...
  • Interview: Sebastian Vettel game for fifth straight title 14-03-2014 10:56 AM

    Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel of the Red Bull has his sights set on fifth consecutive title this season that kicks off with the Australia Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel, who has dominated F1 circuits around the world for four years, said he will do his best to...
  • Alonso fastest in opening practice of Australian GP 14-03-2014 09:17 AM

    Melbourne: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday's opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, while pre-race favourite Lewis Hamilton was one of several drivers to strike trouble as the entire field struggled to master their all-new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the Formula One...
  • Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel 13-03-2014 12:15 PM

    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...