أرشيف وسم ‘ Australian Grand Prix ’

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Realistic Force India satisfied with grid slots

A realistic Force India duo say they extracted the maximum from the VJM08 during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg qualified in 14th position, just a thousandth of a second ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez. "We always want to be further up the grid, but being realistic I don’t think we had the performance today to challenge for Q3," said Hulkenberg. "However, it’s only the first qualifying session of the season, so it’s still very early days and we have a lot of […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

'More issues' for Red Bull this year - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull and Renault has encountered more issues compared to 2015 as he qualified seventh for his home race in Australia. Ricciardo missed the second practice session due to a power unit change, with the squad's RB11 affected by driveability issues throughout the weekend. "We made progress through the session which is promising, it was so good to feel the car for once and push it properly," he said. "I think seventh is where we are now and I’m happy we achieved […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lotus pleased with return to Q3

Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado expressed their happiness after both drivers were able to make it through to Q3 in Australia. Lotus endured a problematic campaign in 2014 and scored only 10 points, but Grosjean qualified in ninth place for the Australian Grand Prix, with Maldonado in 10th. "I’m really happy to be back in Q3, and especially happy for our guys who have been working so hard over the last 12 months," said Grosjean. "We knew we had a good car from […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Toro Rosso praises 'outstanding' Sainz

Toro Rosso technical director James Key praised Carlos Sainz after the Spaniard qualified in eighth position for his Formula 1 debut. Sainz made it through to Q3 where he edged out both Lotus drivers, while team-mate Max Verstappen will line up in 12th place after making an error on his final Q2 lap. "It was tough for Max not to get into Q3, he had a little bit of a mistake in his Q2 run which cost him a couple of tenths which would’ve been […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Massa, Vettel expecting Williams/Ferrari podium scrap

Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel say they are expecting a fight between Williams and Ferrari for the podium places at the Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified comfortably clear at the head of the pack, with Massa in third and Vettel behind in fourth place. With Mercedes expected to be significantly ahead, the pair believe that Williams and Ferrari will scrap for the bottom step of the podium. "It was a tricky qualifying, especially with four cars fighting for very similar times […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

McLaren braced for difficult race after Q1 exit

McLaren pair Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen say they are braced for a problematic Australian Grand Prix after failing to make it out of Q1. Button finished the session in 17th place, with Magnussen in 18th, and the Briton is aware that he faces a steep challenge, having not yet completed a race run in the MP4-30. "This level of performance wasn’t a surprise for us: we knew from winter testing that the pace wasn’t there, so we knew we weren’t going to be competitive […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hamilton praises 'best ever' car after pole

World Champion Lewis Hamilton praised his Mercedes team and labelled the W06 Hybrid as the best car he's driven after he surged to pole position in Australia. Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.594s, with Williams' Felipe Massa the fastest non-Mercedes driver, 1.3s behind the defending champion. "It’s been a good day, Q1 didn’t start out too good but it got good at the end of it," Hamilton told reporters in Australia. "When you approach the weekend you don’t know what to expect, once I […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hamilton romps to pole in Australia

Lewis Hamilton began the defence of his title in imperious fashion as he claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s lap of 1:26.327 was over half a second clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with the pair comfortably clear of its rivals. Hamilton set a provisional time of 1:26.419 while Rosberg aborted his lap after running onto the grass at the penultimate corner. Rosberg then posted his only lap of the session while Hamilton improved further, enabling the Briton to end 0.594s clear […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

FIA confirms nine tokens for Honda

The FIA has confirmed that returning manufacturer Honda will be permitted nine development tokens across the course of 2015. Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault will be allowed in-season development in 2015 after discovering a loophole in the regulation which states that they can use their 32 tokens across the duration of the season. Honda was initially informed that it would have to homologate its engine before February 28 - akin to its rivals in 2014 - but the FIA later backtracked and confirmed that McLaren's supplier […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Van der Garde and Sauber reach agreement

Giedo van der Garde and Sauber have reached an agreement which will see the Dutchman give up his legal rights to a race seat in Australia. Van der Garde and Sauber have bee embroiled in a series of court cases, with the legal system so far siding with van der Garde. But after extensive talks on Friday night, the parties confirmed that a deal had been struck. "With respect to the interest of motorsport, and F1 in particular, I have decided to give up my […]

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015

Magnussen takes blame for practice shunt

Kevin Magnussen accepted the blame for a crash which ended his running early during second practice in Australia. After problems in the first session, Magnussen's crash at Turn 6 meant that the Dane completed only 11 laps on Friday as he prepares for this weekend's race. "We didn’t get too many laps in first practice," he said. "Then I went off and damaged the car in the afternoon, so I didn’t get much running under my belt in second practice either. "I tried to push […]

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015

Mercedes pair still chasing set-up

Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton say they are still not completely happy with their W06 Hybrid, despite dominating Friday's practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix. Rosberg led Hamilton in both sessions, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel getting closest to the pair, albeit seven-tenths of a second down on his compatriot's best lap. "I was very happy with my long run but on one lap I still need to work on the pace as I had a lot of oversteer in the car," said […]