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Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Hamilton wins season-opening Australian GP

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – 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 20 and cruised to his 34th race win with a 1.3-second gap to runner-up team mate Nico Rosberg.

Mar 15, 2015

Australian Grand Prix reduced to 14 cars

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 Lotus into the barriers on the first lap, bringing out the safety car.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Australian Grand Prix reduced to 14 cars

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – 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 Lotus into the barriers on the first lap, bringing out the safety car.

Mar 14, 2015

Mercedes untouchable, Massa looks to fight Ferrari

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Felipe Massa will start Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix right behind the Mercedes cars but the Brazilian had few illusions about his Williams team’s chances of winning the season opener.

Third fastest in qualifying, Massa’s best lap was nearly one-and-a-half seconds shy of Formula One champion pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and nearly a second adrift of the Briton’s team mate Nico Rosberg.

Mar 14, 2015

Motor racing-Mercedes untouchable, Massa looks to fight Ferrari

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – Felipe Massa will start Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix right behind the Mercedes cars but the Brazilian had few illusions about his Williams team’s chances of winning the season opener.

Third fastest in qualifying, Massa’s best lap was nearly one-and-a-half seconds shy of Formula One champion pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and nearly a second adrift of the Briton’s team mate Nico Rosberg.

Mar 14, 2015

Mercedes widen gap to Formula One pack

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 position in qualifying for the opening Australian Grand Prix.

Mar 14, 2015

Motor racing-Mercedes widen gap to Formula One pack

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – 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 position in qualifying for the opening Australian Grand Prix.

Mar 14, 2015

Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the Silver Arrows continued to underline their dominance.

The Briton recorded a fastest lap of one minute 26.327 seconds, nearly six-tenths quicker than Rosberg to capture his 39th pole on a warm and windy afternoon at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2015

Motor racing-Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the Silver Arrows continued to underline their dominance.

The Briton recorded a fastest lap of one minute 26.327 seconds, nearly six-tenths quicker than Rosberg to capture his 39th pole on a warm and windy afternoon at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2015

Hamilton fastest in final Melbourne practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest final practice time for Mercedes ahead of Australian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday as home favorite 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 nearly seven-tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

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