Australian Grand Prix 2013

  • Hamilton sees Mercedes progress in the long run March 22, 2013

    Sepang: Lewis Hamilton is confident his Mercedes can be more competitive at the Malaysian Grand Prix than it was at last week's season-opener in Melbourne after an encouraging first day of free practice on Friday. Hamilton qualified third but finished fifth in the first competitive outing for his new team...
  • McLaren apologise to Red Bull after software glitch March 20, 2013

    London: McLaren apologised to Formula One rivals Red Bull on Tuesday after a standard engine control unit that they supply to all teams contributed to Mark Webber's poor start at his home Australian Grand Prix. "There was a software-related issue that meant that Mark Webber's...car's garage data system had to be...
  • You know nothing, Lewis Hamilton tells his critics March 19, 2013

    London: Lewis Hamilton has taken a swipe at critics, including former Formula One drivers, who had warned that his move to Mercedes was a mistake. "It's nice to prove people wrong," the 2008 world champion was quoted as saying on Tuesday as he savoured his fifth-place finish at last weekend's...
  • Australian GP poses big questions for F1 leaders March 18, 2013

    Melbourne: As Kimi Raikkonen and his Lotus team basked in the glory of winning the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Formula One heavyweights Red Bull and McLaren were left to ponder how things went so wrong. Raikkonen took out Sunday's race by a comfortable margin and, in an ominous statement for his...
  • Webber's woes continue in home grand prix March 19, 2013

    Melbourne: An all-too-familiar poor start and a slow pit stop conspired to yet again deprive Red Bull's Mark Webber of his first podium in front of his home fans at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Webber started from second on the grid, but was swamped in the run...
  • Scoring points doesn't ease woes, says Jenson Button March 18, 2013

    Melbourne: For McLaren driver Jenson Button, passing the personal milestone of 1,000 career points provided little succor after a difficult race at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Button had won three out of the previous four races at Albert Park, so snatching a couple of points for ninth...
  • Ferrari celebrate strong season start March 18, 2013

    Melbourne: With Fernando Alonso claiming second place at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday and fourth-placed Felipe Massa declaring himself back to his best, Ferrari had reason to celebrate their best start to a Formula One season in several years. The Ferrari drivers outraced the qualifying pacesetters Red Bull to...
  • Fernando Alonso happy with Ferrari but Lotus a concern March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Fernando Alonso sounded upbeat about Ferrari's Formula One title chances on Sunday despite being outpaced by Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus in a thrilling Australian season-opener. The sport's most successful team made a far more promising start than last year, when they had a troubled car, with Alonso's Brazilian team mate...
  • Lewis Hamilton sees promise in Mercedes March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes looked more masterstroke than miss-step on Sunday as the Briton battled to fifth place in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix while his former team McLaren struggled to score. Having abandoned the team that nurtured him for six seasons and secured him a world championship...
  • We're not as good as we thought: Mark Webber March 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Red Bull's failure to win the Australian Grand Prix after hogging the front row of the grid has shown the championship team they were not as good as they thought they were, a disappointed Mark Webber said on Sunday. The 36-year-old Australian lined up second behind pole-sitting team-mate Sebastian...
  • 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...
  • McLaren's Jenson Button sees silver lining in the clouds March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Former world champion Jenson Button said McLaren had "lucked in" with the appalling weather that cut short qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, but his prayers for more rain may go unanswered for race day. The 33-year-old Briton finished eighth on the time-sheets in the first round...
  • Wet track, rain test rookie drivers in Melbourne March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Formula One's debutant drivers endured a baptism of fire at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday during a qualifying session cut short by torrential rains. Four of the five rookies were banished during the first round of qualifying that saw drivers skidding and spinning around a water-logged Albert Park circuit...
  • Rain forces Australian Grand Prix qualifying to Sunday March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Qualifying for the Formula One season opener in Australia will be completed on Sunday after a series of rain delays and darkness prevented the running of second and third sessions Saturday. A wet first session of qualifying was completed after a half-hour delay, but a succession of delays of...
  • Vettel has hydraulic failure at Australian GP practice March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Sebastian Vettel's strong practices for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix came to a halt on Saturday when his Red Bull had a hydraulic failure. The three-time defending world champion set the fastest times in both practices Friday, raising the prospect of continued dominance in 2013's opening race. But he...
  • Grosjean heads wet final practice at Australian Grand Prix March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was fastest in a rain-hit final practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Grosjean was ahead of Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, although most drivers did not set meaningful times. Grosjean's best was more than a second slower than Vettel's fastest time on...
  • Lewis Hamilton satisfied despite Mercedes mishaps March 16, 2013

    Melbourne: Lewis Hamilton's opening day for Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix was marred by a minor crash and a lonely walk back to the paddock but the former world champion said he was "massively happy" about his new team's practice sessions on Friday. The 28-year-old Briton clocked the seventh fastest...
  • Racing against Hamilton will make me stronger, says Rosberg March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Nico Rosberg drew first blood in his personal battle with new Mercedes team-mate and old friend Lewis Hamilton on Friday - a tussle he hopes will spur him on to become an even better driver this year. The first day of the Australian Grand Prix was marred for the...
  • McLaren make woeful start at Melbourne March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Jenson Button's hopes of another Australian Grand Prix win appear remote after a woeful first day's practice Friday which McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh described as his hardest day in racing. Button, who has won three of the past four Melbourne races, was a disappointing 11th fastest after the...
  • Mercedes bullish despite glitches at Australian Grand Prix March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: A strong overall performance, tempered by two late technical setbacks, in Friday's Australian Grand Prix practice sessions left Mercedes bullish about its chances in this weekend's Formula One season opener. Mercedes' recruit Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg were the drivers pushing pacesetters Red Bull the hardest, only for trouble...
  • Vettel dominates both practice sessions at Australian Grand Prix March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: World champion Sebastian Vettel put his rivals firmly in their place by dominating both practice sessions on the opening day of the new Formula One season at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday. The German, embarking on his quest for a fourth successive world title, steered the car he...
  • Ma determined to put China on Formula One map March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Ma Qing Hua is mobbed by starry-eyed fans in his home town of Shanghai, has four rapidly growing social media accounts and is set for a triumphant unveiling at the Chinese Grand Prix next month. Not bad for a reserve driver for a struggling Formula One team yet to...
  • Vettel on top in season-opening practice at Melbourne March 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel began his quest for a fourth successive Formula One world title by setting the quickest time in first free practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday. The German steered the car he has nicknamed 'Hungry Heidi' around the Melbourne street circuit in one...