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Mar 6, 2015

Motor racing-Vettel’s Ferrari story is sure to be red

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel makes his Ferrari race debut in Australia next week but the four-times Formula One world champion has been enjoying the perks of the job already.

As the 27-year-old German told Ferrari principal Maurizio Arrivabene after arriving at Maranello from rivals Red Bull: “Finally, I can buy one.”

Mar 6, 2015

Motor racing-Smaller F1 teams face another hard road

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Formula One stands accused, ahead of a new season set to generate even more revenues for the billionaire sport, of burying its head in the sand about a looming cost crisis.

Some of the smaller teams are still fighting for survival, with Caterham now gone, even as double world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes negotiate a new deal that few others could afford.

Mar 6, 2015

Motor racing-McLaren braced for troubled start to new Honda era

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – McLaren start the Formula One season in Australia with star signing Fernando Alonso absent and recovering from concussion, a Honda engine that has yet to run sweetly and a car that has spent more time in the garage than testing on track.

Crisis? What crisis?

The team’s racing director Eric Boullier, a Frenchman with enough sangfroid to match any English stiff upper lip, is certainly not about to panic even if others are already predicting a long, hard slog ahead.

Mar 5, 2015

Formula One – Marussia look at young talent to complete lineup

LONDON (Reuters) – The revived Manor Marussia Formula One team have indicated they are more likely to sign a promising young rookie than an established name to complete their driver lineup.

The remaining seat at Marussia, who came out of administration formally last Friday, is the only one still to be filled and time is running out with the season starting in Australia next week.

Mar 5, 2015

Marussia look at young talent to complete lineup

LONDON (Reuters) – The revived Manor Marussia Formula One team have indicated they are more likely to sign a promising young rookie than an established name to complete their driver lineup.

The remaining seat at Marussia, who came out of administration formally last Friday, is the only one still to be filled and time is running out with the season starting in Australia next week.

Mar 5, 2015

Motor racing-Marussia look at young talent to complete lineup

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – The revived Manor Marussia Formula One team have indicated they are more likely to sign a promising young rookie than an established name to complete their driver lineup.

The remaining seat at Marussia, who came out of administration formally last Friday, is the only one still to be filled and time is running out with the season starting in Australia next week.

Mar 5, 2015

Factbox – What’s new in Formula One for 2015

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One starts a new season in Australia on March 15 with a number of changes to the rules and regulations, as well as new faces in the paddock.

The following looks at what is different for 2015.

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POWER UNITS

Teams are now limited to four power units, each made up of six elements, per driver per season compared to five last year. Grid penalties will be applied if allowances are exceeded.

Mar 5, 2015

Sainz eager to be in the picture

LONDON (Reuters) – Carlos Sainz will be as disappointed as any Formula One fan that Fernando Alonso will be absent from next week’s Australian season-opener.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, whose double world rally champion father has the same name, has a treasured photograph from a decade ago of himself as a wide-eyed kid alongside the smiling Alonso.

Mar 5, 2015

Boy racer Verstappen is driven to succeed

LONDON (Reuters) – Max Verstappen is a boy racer with a difference.

Formula One’s hottest new sensation does not own a car, appears to be in no hurry to get one and would not be allowed to drive it unsupervised anyway.

Billed by one magazine as the most controversial driver ever to enter the sport’s elite, the 17-year-old Dutchman makes his debut in Australia next week as Formula One’s youngest participant.

Mar 5, 2015

What’s new in Formula One for 2015

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One starts a new season in Australia on March 15 with a number of changes to the rules and regulations, as well as new faces in the paddock.

The following looks at what is different for 2015.

- – - -

POWER UNITS

Teams are now limited to four power units, each made up of six elements, per driver per season compared to five last year. Grid penalties will be applied if allowances are exceeded.

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