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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.

Mar 15, 2014

Ricciardo seizes Webber’s mantle with both hands

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion to the Red Bull hot seat promised a more pliable partner for Sebastian Vettel, but the 24-year-old’s impressive qualifying at his home Grand Prix suggests the world champion has another gritty Australian to deal with.

Tensions with his former team mate Mark Webber were a hallmark of Vettel’s four championship years as the chisel-featured Australian railed at playing second fiddle in the Red Bull garage.

Mar 15, 2014

Motor racing-Ricciardo seizes Webber’s mantle with both hands

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion to the Red Bull hot seat promised a more pliable partner for Sebastian Vettel, but the 24-year-old’s impressive qualifying at his home Grand Prix suggests the world champion has another gritty Australian to deal with.

Tensions with his former team mate Mark Webber were a hallmark of Vettel’s four championship years as the chisel-featured Australian railed at playing second fiddle in the Red Bull garage.

Mar 15, 2014

Hamilton justifies favorite tag for Mercedes

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bad weather and a plucky Australian driver threatened to rain on Mercedes’ parade at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but Lewis Hamilton’s last-gasp pole kept the Silver Arrows on top for Sunday’s race.

A topsy-turvy day of howling gales, rain squalls and crashes came to a head in the final seconds of qualifying, with Red Bull’s new boy Daniel Ricciardo all but stealing pole from under the favorites’ nose.

Mar 15, 2014

Motor racing-Hamilton justifies favourite tag for Mercedes

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Bad weather and a plucky Australian driver threatened to rain on Mercedes’ parade at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but Lewis Hamilton’s last-gasp pole kept the Silver Arrows on top for Sunday’s race.

A topsy-turvy day of howling gales, rain squalls and crashes came to a head in the final seconds of qualifying, with Red Bull’s new boy Daniel Ricciardo all but stealing pole from under the favourites’ nose.

Mar 15, 2014

Hamilton on pole for Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton captured pole position for Mercedes for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a thrilling finish to a rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday.

Hamilton saved the best for last with his final lap after Australian Daniel Ricciardo had topped the timesheets only seconds earlier on his first race weekend for champions Red Bull.

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