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  • Australian model killed in Iraq fighting for IS April 17, 2015

    In a shocking trend worldover, young men and women are leaving their homes to join terror group Islamic State. An Australian model has been killed in Iraq fighting for IS. His parents said that he left home in 2014 telling them that he was going camping while he traveled to...
  • Use of smartphones by kids rampant in Australia: Report March 16, 2015

    Canberra: Over two-thirds of Australian children aged three to 17 own a smartphone and spend almost an entire day of the week on the device, a new report revealed on Monday. The report released by national communication carrier Telstra discovered that children spend an average of 21 hours and 48 minutes...
  • Team by team analysis of Australian Grand Prix March 16, 2015

    Team by team analysis of Sunday's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne (listed in current championship order): MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Nico Rosberg 2) Double world champion Hamilton picked up where he left off. His 34th career win, second in Australia, and from pole position. Mercedes have now won the...
  • Red Bull frustrated with engine problems March 15, 2015

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has laid the blame for his team's terrible start to the Formula One season with their Renault engine, describing it as "undriveable". Once the most powerful team in the sport, Red Bull won the constructors' championship four years in a row before finishing second to...
  • Sauber ends bad week with good results in Australia Grand Prix March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Two days before Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, the Sauber team was at risk of having its cars impounded and its team principal detained by local authorities. Two hours after the lights went green, the team was celebrating a double points finish and rich promise for the year ahead. The contractual dispute...
  • It's really an honour to sit in the red car, says Sebastian Vettel March 15, 2015

    A yawning 34 seconds might have separated third-placed Sebastian Vettel from Australian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton on Sunday but the podium spot felt like a victory for the four-times world champion on his Ferrari debut. German Vettel endured a horror final season with Red Bull last year, outshone by new...
  • Force India finish 7th, 10th in Australian Grand Prix March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Force India drivers brought home seven points from the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finishing 7th and 10th respectively at Albert Part on Sunday. The two, who could not make it through to Q3 in Saturday's qualifying, showed the potential of their Mercedes...
  • Mercedes enjoy laugh last on day of high farce March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: A podium appearance by Hollywood strong-man Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed a suitable conclusion for a farcical Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix, where only 11 cars finished and Mercedes' dominance was almost embarrassing for the team's drivers. World champion Lewis Hamilton may have finished only 1.3 seconds ahead of team mate...
  • Australian Grand Prix reduced to 14 cars March 15, 2015

    Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix got under way on Sunday on a farcical note with only 14 cars left in the race after the opening lap. Just 15 were able to line up on the grid due to a rash of technical failures and Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado then crashed his...
  • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Lewis Hamilton's world championship defence got off to a flying start on Sunday with a crushing victory for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as Formula One rivals succumbed to a farcical rash of reliability problems. Pole-sitter Hamilton started from a grid reduced to 15 cars from a possible...
  • Williams driver Valtteri Bottas out of Australian GP with back injury March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been ruled out of competing in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday due to a back injury suffered in qualifying for the Formula One season-opening race. The Finnish driver suffered what the team called "soft tissue damage" in his lower back during Saturday's session. After being...
  • Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez to begin Australian GP from 14th, 15th spots March 14, 2015

    Melbourne: As expected, it was not a great result for Sahara Force India in the qualifying session for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start the season-opening race from the 14th and 15th spots respectively. The Indian team failed to test their new car in the...
  • Rookies impress at Australian Grand Prix qualifying March 14, 2015

    The three rookie drivers who took part in qualifying for the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix all enjoyed successful debuts on Saturday, safely booking spots in the middle of the pack at Albert Park. Spaniard Carlos Sainz, whose father and namesake was a double world rally champion in the 1990s,...
  • Valtteri Bottas taken to hospital suffering from back pain March 14, 2015

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was taken to hospital suffering from back pain after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday and could be in doubt for the season-opening race. The Finn, who qualified sixth at Albert Park, felt lower back pain during the session and was undergoing precautionary checks at...
  • Mercedes widen gap to Formula One pack March 14, 2015

    Early season dominance was expected for Mercedes after their seamless winter testing but Formula One fans had hoped at least to see the chasing pack close the gap to the champions. Those hopes were blown away on a windy Saturday at Albert Park where Lewis Hamilton stormed to a dominant pole...
  • McLaren start new Honda era on back row of Formula One grid March 14, 2015

    McLaren's worst fears were realised on Saturday when they suffered a humiliating start to the Formula One season with a woeful Australian Grand Prix qualifying session that left both cars at the back of the grid. The sport's second most successful team in terms of race wins, McLaren endured one of...
  • Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for Australian Grand Prix March 14, 2015

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed a record-breaking pole position for the Formula One season-opening race at the Australia Grand Prix with a dominant performance in Saturday's qualifying. Last season's F1 champion set a time of 1 minute, 26.327 seconds at the Albert Park circuit, six-tenths of a second faster than team-mate...
  • Manor Marussia team to miss Australian Grand Prix March 14, 2015

    The struggling Manor Marussia Formula One team will watch the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from their garages after failing to make it onto the Melbourne track for qualifying. The British-based team struggled just to get their cars to Albert Park for the opening race but were unable to get either of...
  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in final Australian Grand Prix practice March 14, 2015

    World champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest final practice time for Mercedes ahead of Australian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday as home favourite Daniel Ricciardo continued to have technical issues with his Red Bull. World champion Hamilton clocked a quickest lap of one minute 27.867 seconds, opening a cavernous gap of...
  • F1: Van der Garde drops court action, steps aside for Australian GP March 14, 2015

    Melbourne: Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde dropped his contempt of court action against his team Sauber on Saturday, allowing the Swiss team to compete in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Dutch announced he would step aside for Sauber's other contracted drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr after...
  • Sebastian Vettel back smiling after strong start with Ferrari March 13, 2015

    Sebastian Vettel could hardly hide his delight after completing his first practice session for his new team Ferrari on Friday. As expected, the German was slower than the two Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg but he was still quicker than everyone else, setting the third fastest time ahead of...
  • Manor Marussia in race to be ready for Australian Grand Prix March 13, 2015

    The Manor Marussia Formula One team were still unsure if they would make it to the starting grid for this weekend's season opening Australian Grand Prix after sitting out Friday's practice sessions. The British-based team struggled just to get their cars to Australia for the opening race but were unable to...
  • Engine problems force Daniel Ricciardo to miss practice March 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Daniel Ricciardo was putting on a brave face after engine problems forced him to miss Friday's second practice session for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo completed just nine laps in the first practice session then skipped the second warm-up after Red Bull's mechanics opted to switch engines. The Australian, who...
  • Mercedes dominate Formula One practice at Australian Grand Prix March 13, 2015

    Mercedes drivers dominated Friday's practice sessions for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix as expected, while other teams wrestled with mechanical problems, and even a legal dispute. Nico Rosberg set the day's fastest time during the second practice session at Melbourne's Albert Park circuit, just a tenth of a second ahead...
  • Mercedes duo expect front row battle in Australia March 13, 2015

    Lewis Hamilton expects qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix to be another fierce battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after being shaded by a tenth of a second by the German during practice on Friday. Mercedes enjoyed the perfect start to the new Formula One season, with world runner-up Rosberg pipping...
  • Formula One: 'No licence, no driving' for Sauber's Giedo van der Garde March 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde may not be seen in the Australian Grand Prix this weekend despite a court throwing out his team's appeal after race director Charlie Whiting confirmed the Dutchman did not have a licence to race. In a Victoria court on Thursday, F1 team Sauber...
  • Glenn McGrath unhappy with the quality of bowling in World Cup March 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Former Australian quickie Glenn McGrath is disappointed with the quality of pace bowling in the ongoing cricket World Cup and feels Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga and Australia's Mitchell Starc are the only two who have impressed him. "Apart from Malinga and Mitchell Starc I haven't seen many bowlers trying to...
  • Mercedes dominate opening F1 practice at Australian Grand Prix March 13, 2015

    Mercedes drivers lived up to expectations by setting the fastest times in Friday's opening practice session at the Australian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg set the best time of 1 minute, 29. 557 seconds at the Albert Park circuit, just three hundredths of a second ahead of team-mate and reigning world champion...
  • Formula One's youngest ever lineup confident of success March 12, 2015

    Kimi Raikkonen is old enough to be Max Verstappen's father, and when the Formula One season gets underway at the Australian Grand Prix, the teen prodigy will be racing against the seen-it-all veteran. At 17, Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history. He was only 3½ years old when Raikkonen...