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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.

Mar 15, 2014

Motor racing-Hamilton on pole for Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE, March 15 (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.

Mar 15, 2014

Rosberg tops times in final practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in final practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday as rain, gusty winds and reliability problems dominated an eventful session.

The German lapped the Albert Park circuit in one minute 29.375 seconds, well ahead of McClaren’s Jenson Button by 1.391 seconds on a warm day in Melbourne.

Mar 15, 2014

Motor racing-Rosberg tops times in final practice in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in final practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday as rain, gusty winds and reliability problems dominated an eventful session.

The German lapped the Albert Park circuit in one minute 29.375 seconds, well ahead of McClaren’s Jenson Button by 1.391 seconds on a warm day in Melbourne.

Mar 14, 2014

Hamilton on top, Red Bull relieved in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton lent some credibility to the hype around Mercedes by posting the fastest time in Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix, as the Formula One season kicked off with teams still battling reliability problems.

The 2008 world champion could not finish a lap in the first session due to an oil pressure sensor problem, but topped the timesheets in the second with a lap of one minute 29.625 seconds on a glorious sunny day at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Lotus fume in garage after dismal opening day

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lotus had braced for a tough start to the Formula One season after troubled winter testing but were left mortified after Friday’s opening day at the Australian Grand Prix.

Neither French driver Romain Grosjean nor his Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado troubled the timesheets in the first practice session due to reliability problems on a sunny day at Albert Park.

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