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Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull two months behind rivals – Hakkinen

MELBOURNE, March 14 (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.

Mar 14, 2014

Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Fernando Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 14, 2014

Motor racing-Alonso fastest in first practice in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first free practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as reliability problems saw the new Formula One season open with a whimper rather than a bang.

The twice world champion Spaniard posted a lap of one minute 31.840 seconds with half an hour left in the 90 minute session and held his half-a-second lead over McLaren’s second-placed Jenson Button in brilliant sunshine at Albert Park.

Mar 13, 2014

Hamilton not buying into the Mercedes hype

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing.

The Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top of the timesheets and his team looking clear favorites to win at Albert Park on Sunday.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Hamilton not buying into the Mercedes hype

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has had little call to hose down expectations since joining Mercedes, but the Briton has been on the front foot to stifle hype ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a promising period of testing.

The Formula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain earlier this month with Hamilton on top of the timesheets and his team looking clear favourites to win at Albert Park on Sunday.

Mar 13, 2014

Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Felipe Massa remains hopeful his friend and former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health.

The retired seven-times Formula One champion suffered severe head injuries when he slammed into a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December, and has been in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble since.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Felipe Massa remains hopeful his friend and former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health.

The retired seven-times Formula One champion suffered severe head injuries when he slammed into a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December, and has been in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble since.

Mar 13, 2014

Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

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