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Mar 16, 2014

Kobayashi a smash hit on return to Formula One

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi wasted no time in making an impression on his return to Formula One, ploughing his Caterham into the back of Felipe Massa’s Williams before the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The mishap took both cars out of the race instantly, leaving Brazilian Massa fuming on his aborted debut for his new team and Kobayashi red-faced in his first race back after a year on the sidelines.

Mar 16, 2014

Motor racing-Ferrari need more speed after solid start to season

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Ferrari recognised they had work to do after Fernando Alonso finished Sunday’s Australian Formula One season-opener fifth and 35 seconds behind Nico Rosberg’s winning Mercedes.

“Today, we achieved our objective in terms of reliability, but the gap we need to make up, especially to Mercedes, was clear to see,” said team principal Stefano Domenicali.

Mar 16, 2014

Motor racing-Kobayashi a smash hit on return to Formula One

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi wasted no time in making an impression on his return to Formula One, ploughing his Caterham into the back of Felipe Massa’s Williams before the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The mishap took both cars out of the race instantly, leaving Brazilian Massa fuming on his aborted debut for his new team and Kobayashi red-faced in his first race back after a year on the sidelines.

Mar 16, 2014

Motor racing-Rosberg steers Mercedes to crushing win

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg drew first blood for Mercedes in the new Formula One season with a dominant Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday after pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian Vettel retired with reliability problems.

Vettel’s early exit ended the Red Bull driver’s record run of nine successive victories racked up since last August.

Mar 16, 2014

Mercedes’ Rosberg wins season-opening Australian GP

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg drew first blood for Mercedes in the new Formula One season with a dominant Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday after pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian Vettel retired with reliability problems.

The 28-year-old German capitalized on a brilliant start from third on the grid, snatching the lead before the first turn and roaring to a 24.5-second victory ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo under a cloudy sky at Albert Park.

Mar 16, 2014

Vettel’s winning streak ends in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel’s record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem.

The German complained of a lack of boost pressure during his pre-race installation lap and was noticeably lacking in power when taking off from 12th place on the grid.

Mar 16, 2014

Motor racing-Mercedes’ Rosberg wins season-opening Australian GP

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg drew first blood for Mercedes in the new Formula One season with a dominant Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday after pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian Vettel retired with reliability problems.

The 28-year-old German capitalised on a brilliant start from third on the grid, snatching the lead before the first turn and roaring to a 24.5-second victory ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo under a cloudy sky at Albert Park.

Mar 16, 2014

Motor racing-Vettel’s winning streak ends in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel’s record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem.

The German complained of a lack of boost pressure during his pre-race installation lap and was noticeably lacking in power when taking off from 12th place on the grid.

Mar 15, 2014

Magnussen shines light in McLaren gloom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Cheery smiles and high-fives were a rare sight in the McLaren garage last year, but new boy Kevin Magnussen inspired a bout of happy back-slapping when he put the British team on the second row for Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Dane, son of former Formula one racer Jan, qualified fourth at Albert Park on Saturday, outshining former world champion team mate Jenson Button, who will line up 10th on the grid after a rain-hit session.

Mar 15, 2014

Motor racing-Magnussen shines light in McLaren gloom

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Cheery smiles and high-fives were a rare sight in the McLaren garage last year, but new boy Kevin Magnussen inspired a bout of happy back-slapping when he put the British team on the second row for Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Dane, son of former Formula one racer Jan, qualified fourth at Albert Park on Saturday, outshining former world champion team mate Jenson Button, who will line up 10th on the grid after a rain-hit session.

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