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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

Australian Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

They're back! As ever, we rate all 22 drivers for their performance at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. 1 | Sebastian Vettel | Red Bull-Renault | Ret | 6/10 Vettel was left in the unusual position of qualifying only mid-grid (for the first time in 18 months) after a software issue left his RB10 extremely difficult to drive. He did well in the circumstances. His race was little better as power problems were evident from the formation lap and he desperately searched for […]

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

Alonso, Raikkonen: We must close the gap

Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have insisted that the team must close the gap to Mercedes if they are to be competitive in 2014. Alonso finished the race in fifth place with Raikkonen in eighth, although both drivers gained a position following the disqualification of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "I’d have liked to start the season with a podium, but getting both cars to the flag is a good result, which can give us confidence, especially on the reliability front," said Alonso. "I […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Horner adamant that Ricciardo's car was legal

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that Daniel Ricciardo's car did not contravene regulations during the Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished the race in second place but was excluded from the results after it was discovered that his car had not conformed to the 100kg/hr fuel flow limit. Red Bull immediately confirmed that they will appeal the decision and Horner says that Red Bull used their own measuring methods after not trusting the FIA's sensors. "Extremely disappointed, quite surprised and we will of course […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Analysis: Rosberg draws first blood

Formula 1 has become accustomed to the dulcet tones of the German national anthem playing following the conclusion of a race but it was Nico Rosberg who took top honours as the sport kicked into life in Australia. Rosberg took the lead at the start and controlled proceedings throughout. Aside from a minor problem at his second stop – in which the left front caketin was damaged - it was plain sailing. Rosberg’s advantage was ominously large over the rest of the field; he was […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ricciardo disqualified from Australian Grand Prix, Red Bull to appeal

Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the results of the Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo had finished in second place in his first outing for Red Bull but he was referred to the stewards after he consistently exceeded the fuel flow limit of 100kg per hour. Red Bull has noted its intention to appeal Ricciardo's exclusion. 'Following the decision of the FIA that Infiniti Red Bull Racing is in breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Puncture scuppers Perez's progress

Sergio Perez says that a first lap puncture thwarted his chance of finishing in the points in Australia. Perez made contact with compatriot Esteban Gutierrez on the opening lap and sustained a puncture. Perez eventually finished the race in 11th place. "I’m satisfied to finish the race, but disappointed not to score points," said Perez. "My race became very difficult on lap one when I got hit by the Sauber of Gutierrez at turn three. It gave me a puncture and I had to return […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stewards clear Kobayashi over first lap crash

Kamui Kobayashi has been cleared by the race stewards of wrongdoing after the Japanese driver hit Felipe Massa at the first turn in the Australian Grand Prix. Kobayashi hit the back of Massa's Williams but a brake problem meant that the driver was a passenger in a collision which forced both drivers out of the race. 'A serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver', caused the accident, according to the stewards. "That isn’t how I wanted my first race back to go, […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Grosjean pleased with race progress

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says that the team can take positives from the Australian Grand Prix despite suffering a double retirement. Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado raced outside of the points before both cars pulled off the circuit. "In a way, it was a pretty positive day," said Grosjean. "I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we’ve had this weekend, and we managed 45!" "We’ve learnt a lot today and all the changes made to the car […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ricciardo under investigation for exceeding fuel flow limit

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is under investigation by the stewards after allegedly exceeding the fuel flow limit during the Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished the race in second place but FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer has filed a report which says that Ricciardo 'exceeded constantly the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100 kg/h.' The matter has been referred to the stewards.

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sauber missing speed - Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez has said that Sauber is missing speed after both cars finished outside of the points in Australia. Gutierrez finished the race in 13th place, behind team-mate Adrian Sutil. "It was a different kind of racing today, but definitely something we take as a reference," said Gutierrez. "In general we are missing speed and it’s a challenge to be able to compete at the front like this. As a team, we need to make sure we put everything together because the lack of speed […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Magnussen thrilled by debut podium

Kevin Magnussen says he is thrilled by finishing on the podium in his first Formula 1 race and thanked McLaren for their faith. Magnussen started the race from fourth place but took advantage of a mechanical problems for Lewis Hamilton to move up into third place. "It does feel incredible, crazy to think that we’re here," Magnussen told Sky Sports F1. "Today I've done my first Formula 1 race and I got on the podium and I did it with McLaren – it’s a dream […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bottas 'mad' after clipping wall

Valtteri Bottas admits that he is mad with himself despite finishing a career best sixth in the Australian Grand Prix. Bottas was hounding Ferrari's Fernando Alonso when he clipped the wall at turn nine and damaged his wheel. He pitted for repairs and battled back through the field. "I haven’t seen the results but I’m quite mad with myself for the mistake," he said. "I'm not so happy about that but I need to learn from it. I'm pretty sure I’m not going to do […]