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Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-Starc difference in Australia’s World Cup campaign

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Publicly labelled “soft” by former test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia’s hopes of winning a fourth trophy.

The 25-year-old left-armer currently leads the wickets tally at the tournament with 16 scalps at the end of the pool phase, one ahead of a clutch of bowlers with 15, but with an eye-popping average of 8.50.

Mar 15, 2015

Immobile Manor Marussia escape sanction in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Manor Marussia have escaped sanction after being probed by Formula One’s governing body for failing to put their cars on the track at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Recently re-born after coming out of administration, the British-based team transported their vehicles to Albert Park but were unable to get them to run in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of Sunday’s race won by Lewis Hamilton.

Mar 15, 2015

Teenage dream up in smoke for boy racer Verstappen

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Max Verstappen’s dream of scoring points on his debut as Formula One’s youngest ever driver went up in smoke on Sunday.

The 17-year-old son of former F1 regular Jos ‘the Boss’ held his own for more than half of the 58 laps of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before his Toro Rosso team ordered him to stop as smoke wafted into the cockpit.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Immobile Manor Marussia escape sanction in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Manor Marussia have escaped sanction after being probed by Formula One’s governing body for failing to put their cars on the track at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Recently re-born after coming out of administration, the British-based team transported their vehicles to Albert Park but were unable to get them to run in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of Sunday’s race won by Lewis Hamilton.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Teenage dream up in smoke for boy racer Verstappen

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Max Verstappen’s dream of scoring points on his debut as Formula One’s youngest ever driver went up in smoke on Sunday.

The 17-year-old son of former F1 regular Jos ‘the Boss’ held his own for more than half of the 58 laps of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before his Toro Rosso team ordered him to stop as smoke wafted into the cockpit.

Mar 15, 2015

Vettel thrilled with podium ‘victory’ on debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 team mate Daniel Ricciardo and plagued by reliability problems throughout a winless campaign.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Vettel thrilled with podium ‘victory’ on debut

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – 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 team mate Daniel Ricciardo and plagued by reliability problems throughout a winless campaign.

Mar 15, 2015

Mercedes enjoy laugh last on day of high farce

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 Nico Rosberg in winning Formula One’s season-opener but the pole-sitting Briton crossed the line an astonishing 34 seconds clear of third-placed Sebastian Vettel.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Mercedes enjoy laugh last on day of high farce

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – 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 Nico Rosberg in winning Formula One’s season-opener but the pole-sitting Briton crossed the line an astonishing 34 seconds clear of third-placed Sebastian Vettel.

Mar 15, 2015

Hamilton wins season-opening Australian GP

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton’s world championship defense 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.

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