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Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull see glimpses of hope in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – 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 able to complete a race simulation due to reliability problems, but the pair clocked up ample mileage on a sunny day at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Hamilton quickest in Friday practice Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton lent some credibility to the hype surrounding Mercedes by posting the fastest time in Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix, as the Formula One season kicked off with teams still struggling with reliability problems.

The 2008 world champion could not finish a lap in the first session due to a sensor problem, but topped the timesheets in the second with a lap of one minute 29.625 seconds on a glorious sunny day at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Red Bull two months behind rivals – Hakkinen

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 Australian Grand Prix, after struggling to come to grips with the new turbo-charged hybrid engine during the pre-season tests.

Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull two months behind rivals – Hakkinen

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – 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 Australian Grand Prix, after struggling to come to grips with the new turbo-charged hybrid engine during the pre-season tests.

Mar 14, 2014

Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Fernando Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 13, 2014

Hamilton not buying into the Mercedes hype

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing.

The Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top of the timesheets and his team looking clear favorites to win at Albert Park on Sunday.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Hamilton not buying into the Mercedes hype

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing.

The Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top of the timesheets and his team looking clear favourites to win at Albert Park on Sunday.

Mar 13, 2014

Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Felipe Massa remains hopeful his friend and former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health.

The retired seven-times Formula One champion suffered severe head injuries when he slammed into a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December, and has been in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble since.

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