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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.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

MELBOURNE, March 13 (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.

Mar 13, 2014

Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

Mar 7, 2014

Wounded South Africa clinging to throne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

Mar 7, 2014

Wounded South Africa clinging to cricket throne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

Mar 7, 2014

Cricket-Wounded South Africa clinging to throne

MELBOURNE, March 7 (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

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