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Renault: Ricciardo's debut "a weekend mainly of lows"

Motorsport.com - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:13
Ricciardo accepted he hadn't gotten the most out of the car in qualifying, having been beaten by Nico Hulkenberg despite the latter being hampered by an electrical issue.
The Aussie then had to pit on the first lap of the race after losing his front wing, and ultimately retired as a result of overheating issues triggered by damage.
Abiteboul said he couldn’t yet say whether Ricciardo had ...Keep reading
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Five things we learned from the Australian Grand Prix

Motorsport.com - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 02:12
Valtteri Bottas dominated the season opener after getting ahead of poleman and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the run to the first corner at the start. Ferrari faltered, so Red Bull stepped into the breach – and on to the podium – in its first race with Honda.
We also had the first point awarded for fastest lap since 1959, and Haas led the charge of the midfield brigade.

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Ricciardo "50-50" on future Bathurst 1000 start

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:58
The Renault driver sampled Rick Kelly's Nissan Altima Supercar during his exhausting promotional schedule ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, cutting a handful of laps at Calder on the outskirts of Melbourne.
While it was his first drive of a proper race-ready Supercar, the Aussie F1 ace equipped himself well in the 600-horsepower touring car, despite admitting he went into the experience a ...Keep reading
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Video: What went wrong for Ferrari in Australia

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:01
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified third in Melbourne but was more than seven tenths slower than Mercedes' polesitter Lewis Hamilton, and dropped to fourth in the race after being passed by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
But despite the team's on-track struggles - Vettel said he had "way less grip" throughout the weekend than in testing at Barcelona - evidence of a change in ...Keep reading
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Kvyat "pushed like an animal" to score in Australia

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:13
In his first F1 race since the 2017 United States GP 17 months ago, Kvyat came from 15th on the grid to finish 10th.
He gained ground with a long first stint, then overcame a trip through the Turn 3 gravel while trying to overtake Lance Stroll's Racing Point before repassing Pierre Gasly's Red Bull on its out-lap.
"I tried," said Kvyat of the move on Stroll. "It was a late move. I was coming ...Keep reading
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F1's fastest lap bonus: A much-needed addition?

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:12
With Liberty Media looking into more ways of "improving the show", a fastest lap bonus point was approved by the heads of Formula One just one week before the Australian Grand Prix, with mixed response from fans and pundits.
The idea behind it is to add the potential for extra in-race action, and giving teams that added debate about whether or not they should save their cars for the next race ...Keep reading
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Bottas has rediscovered junior superstar form, says Wolff

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:22
The Finn started off his 2019 campaign in perfect style with a dominant victory in the Australian Grand Prix, firmly putting to bed the frustrations of last year when he failed to take a win.
Having had a winter to reset himself to ensure he hit the ground running, Bottas just missed out on pole position in Melbourne and then charged away to a win after taking teammate Lewis Hamilton at the ...Keep reading
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Giovinazzi's Australian GP "more or less over" on first lap

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:39
The Italian's Alfa Romeo Formula 1 car picked up floor damage at the start when he ran over debris from Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault.
He then had contact with the McLaren of Carlos Sainz at Turn 9, which damaged the front wing.
Struggling for pace and unable to fight other cars in the first stint, Giovinazzi lost around five seconds at his pitstop while the team made adjustments to balance ...Keep reading
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Australian GP flop leaves Ferrari confused

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:13
The Italian team was considered the early favourite after two very strong weeks of testing in Spain, where its rival Mercedes did not get to grips with a heavily-updated car until the final day.
However, Ferrari started the Melbourne weekend on the back foot in Friday practice, trailed Mercedes by 0.7s in qualifying and its lead car finished fourth in the race, almost a minute adrift of ...Keep reading
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Honda "relaxed" by podium but "clear gap" remains

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:53
The Japanese manufacturer rejoined the F1 grid in 2015 but failed to score a top-three finish across three seasons with McLaren and then spent last year quietly improving in the midfield with Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso.
Max Verstappen's third-place in the 2019 season-opening Australian Grand Prix was Honda's first rostrum in F1 since Rubens Barrichello stood on the 2008 British GP ...Keep reading
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Pictured: The missing part of Hamilton’s floor

Motorsport.com - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:58
Hamilton had been left baffled during the Formula 1 season opener as to why he had been struggling with the balance of his Mercedes.
It was only after the race that his Mercedes team discovered damage to the floor area of his car ahead of the left rear tyre.
As the below images show, Hamilton was left without the last (and largest) fully enclosed hole and edge flap at the rear of the floor ...Keep reading
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Australian GP review: Brilliant Bottas blasts his critics

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:08
The shock of Mercedes’ dominant form in the season-opener was only matched by the surprise of a lack of a challenge from Ferrari and Red Bull, which both delivered strong performances in pre-season testing.
To discuss the top three, the midfield battle and the rest of the action in Melbourne, Edd Straw is joined by Andrew van Leeuwen.

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Promoted: Why you should go to the 2019 French GP

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 09:58

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Bottas ignored Wolff instruction not to go for fastest lap

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 09:20
Wolff says he made it clear on Sunday morning that he didn't want his drivers to potentially lose a podium position by going for the fastest lap, which under new rules gets a bonus point if the driver finishes inside the top 10.
However, race winner Bottas was heard on team radio discussing his quest for the extra point, while his engineer warned him that there were "games going on" with other ...Keep reading
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Wheelnut damage led to Grosjean's retirement

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 08:22
A year ago in Melbourne both Haas drivers retired because their wheels were not correctly affixed during pitstops. The team had been holding fourth and fifth places prior to that.
Twelve months on, Grosjean was running seventh behind teammate Kevin Magnussen before a slow pitstop in which Haas had to have two attempts to fit his left-front wheel.
That dropped Grosjean into the midfield, and ...Keep reading
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Vettel: Ferrari had "way less grip" than in testing

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 07:45
Vettel and Ferrari entered this weekend's 2019 season opener as the early favourites after a strong fortnight of testing at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit in which Vettel set the benchmark time.
But Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was fastest in all three practice sessions then 0.7 seconds faster than third-place starter Vettel in Saturday's final part of qualifying, which prompted Vettel to declare ...Keep reading
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Grid "panic", lost mirror added to Kubica F1 return dramas

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 07:29
The Pole was taking part in his first F1 race since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although any hopes of a good result were dashed at the first corner when a collision with Pierre Gasly broke his front wing.
But that was not the only incident that the Williams driver had to battle through, as he eventually came home 17th and last.
Speaking about his afternoon, Kubica said the first worry ...Keep reading
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Ferrari explains call to back Leclerc off Vettel

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 07:15
Leclerc, making his Ferrari debut, caught his four-time world champion teammate in the closing stages of the grand prix.
He asked if he should stay behind Vettel, who was on older tyres, and was told "yes, and back off to have some margin".
Explaining why Vettel was struggling so much compared to Leclerc, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said: "When Seb pitted, put the medium tyres on ...Keep reading
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Bottas explains "to whom it may concern" radio message

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 06:21
Having been congratulated by his engineer on the cool-down lap after taking the chequered flag in Melbourne, Bottas said: "To whom it may concern, f*** you."
The message was interpreted as echoing the frustration he felt in the face of criticism last season after he failed to win a race while teammate Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world championship,
Bottas insisted that the comment was made ...Keep reading
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Horner: Gasly's race "very strong" despite non-score

Motorsport.com - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 06:07
Gasly, who started the Australian Grand Prix in 17th place after Red Bull was caught out by track evolution in Q1, couldn't recover to higher than 11th in the race.
He spent most of the race stuck behind the sister Toro Rosso car of Daniil Kvyat, and was unable to get past the Russian even when running on softer, fresher tyres late on.
“Pierre Gasly drove a very strong grand prix today,” ...Keep reading
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