Australian Grand Prix

  • Melbourne secures Australian Grand Prix until 2020 August 3, 2014

    Melbourne: Melbourne has secured the Australian Formula One Grand Prix until 2020 after striking a new deal that will reduce the taxpayer subsidy of around $50 million a year, the head of the Victoria state government said on Sunday. The race, which has been run in the city's Albert Park since...
  • Nico Rosberg fastest in 1st practice for Austrian Grand Prix June 20, 2014

    SPIELBERG: Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had the fastest laps as Mercedes dominated the first practice for Formula One's Austrian Grand Prix on Friday. Rosberg's best time on the 4.3-kilometer Red Bull Ring was 1 minute, 11.295 seconds, beating teammate Hamilton's fastest lap by 0.140. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso trailed by 0.311 in...
  • Australian GP trophy to be named after Brabham June 10, 2014

    The Australian Grand Prix winner's trophy will be named in honor of three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham, who died on May 19 at the age of 88. Brabham is the only Formula One driver to win a world title in a car he designed and built himself the rear-engine Brabham...
  • Red Bull ordered to pay costs of appeal April 19, 2014

    Formula One champions Red Bull were cleared of fraudulent behaviour but ordered to pay all costs of their failed appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix disqualification, a fuller court ruling has revealed. A summary of the hearing published by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) late on Friday said Red...
  • Red Bull threaten to quit Formula One: report March 26, 2014

    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 not...
  • Red Bull appeal against Daniel Ricciardo disqualification March 20, 2014

    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 joining from...
  • Controversy outshines promising start to F1 season March 20, 2014

    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 became the...
  • Teams may pay price for quieter F1, says Ecclestone March 18, 2014

    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 reduced...
  • Australian GP boss raps Ecclestone about quiet cars March 17, 2014

    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 Andrew...
  • Formula One standings after the Australian Grand Prix March 17, 2014

    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 German's...
  • Force India opens F1 season with double points finish March 16, 2014

    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 in...
  • Kevin Magnussen shines as new F1 generation makes mark March 16, 2014

    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 debutant...
  • Nico Hulkenberg helps Force India earn 6 points March 16, 2014

    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 the...
  • Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australia Grand Prix March 16, 2014

    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 team...
  • 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...
  • Kevin Magnussen shines light in McLaren gloom March 15, 2014

    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 Jan,...
  • Daniel Ricciardo seizes Mark Webber's mantle with both hands March 15, 2014

    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 four...
  • Ferrari's first priority at Australian GP is to finish the race March 15, 2014

    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 weekend,...
  • Lewis Hamilton justifies favorite tag for Mercedes March 15, 2014

    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 final...
  • Sebastian Vettel bewildered by qualifying flop in Melbourne March 15, 2014

    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, was...
  • Hulkenberg qualifies 7th but Perez a poor 16th for Aus GP March 15, 2014

    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 turbo...
  • Hamilton takes pole at Australian GP, Vettel 12th March 15, 2014

    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 Raikkonen...
  • Interview: Daniel Ricciardo happy to be in Sebastian Vettel's company March 15, 2014

    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 March 14, 2014

    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 sessions...
  • Red Bull see glimpses of hope in Australia March 14, 2014

    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 Ricciardo...
  • Hulkenberg 10th fastest in Practice for Australian GP March 14, 2014

    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 seconds...
  • Gastaldi appointed Lotus deputy principal March 14, 2014

    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 nurturing our...
  • Mercedes pair fastest at Australian GP practice March 14, 2014

    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 pressure...
  • F1's new sound gets thumbs down March 14, 2014

    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 driver Will...