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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.

Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Lotus fume in garage after dismal opening day

MELBOURNE, March 14 (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.

Mar 14, 2014

Red Bull see glimpses of hope in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed an “extremely encouraging” Friday for the Formula One champions at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after they banished some winter testing demons with a strong showing in practice.

Red Bull’s pre-season was abysmal, with neither quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel nor team mate Daniel Ricciardo able to complete a race simulation due to reliability problems, but the pair clocked up ample mileage on a sunny day at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull see glimpses of hope in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed an “extremely encouraging” Friday for the Formula One champions at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after they banished some winter testing demons with a strong showing in practice.

Red Bull’s pre-season was abysmal, with neither quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel nor team mate Daniel Ricciardo able to complete a race simulation due to reliability problems, but the pair clocked up ample mileage on a sunny day at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Hamilton quickest in Friday practice Down Under

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

The 2008 world champion could not finish a lap in the first session due to a 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

Red Bull two months behind rivals – Hakkinen

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Red Bull’s abysmal winter testing has left them badly lagging behind their Formula One rivals and they will need at least two months to get their cars performing at optimal level, according to double world champion Mika Hakkinen.

Red Bull have admitted they are playing catch-up ahead of Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, after struggling to come to grips with the new turbo-charged hybrid engine during the pre-season tests.

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