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Australian Grand Prix

Lotus packs punch in this season's F1 line-up

Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen

As the teams gather in Malaysia for this weekend's race, we have a much clearer idea of the Formula One pecking order. Once the chequered flag had finished waving in Albert Park there were a number of things the F1 fan had learnt.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 3:50am

Hamilton keen to build on strong start

Lewis Hamilton. Photo: EPA

Lewis Hamilton, who won the 2008 world championship while at McLaren, got Mercedes' first points of the season after teammate Nico Rosberg failed to finish the race when his car suffered electronics problems.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel takes pole for F1 Australian GP

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari's Felipe Massa during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

Vettel qualified in a time of 1 minute, 27.407 seconds around the Albert Park circuit, and was joined in an all-Red Bull front row by teammate Mark Webber, who was 0.4 seconds behind.

17 Mar 2013 - 3:11pm

Lorenzo clinches MotoGP crown

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo sealed his second world MotoGP crown after his challenger crashed out, while Casey Stoner claimed his sixth straight Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island yesterday.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:46am

McLaren off to a flyer as Mercedes wait in wings

The first few seconds of the first grand prix of the season told us a lot more about what we might expect in Malaysia and beyond than most of pre-season testing. Charging down to the first corner in Melbourne, we confirmed that McLaren have at last started a season on the front foot, something underlined by their dominance in qualifying.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pit Stop

It took a while, but at last the 2011 Formula One season is under way. The lights that go out on the grid on Sunday won't be in Bahrain, but in Melbourne. It's a shame that Bahrain had to be cancelled but as one reporter put it, there's no point having a F1 race when you can't even drive to the end of the road.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

New kid on the block

Kazuki Nakajima went back to the dinner table, closed-mouthed, but perhaps with a glimmer in his eyes. At a restaurant in Tokyo, Nakajima fielded a phone call.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Rosberg realistic about his goals in Formula One's 'fourth-fastest' car

In shiny black pointed shoes and with his blond hair slicked back, AT&T Williams driver Nico Rosberg assessed the performance of one of the men driving a modified F1 simulator.

'Yes, that would be a very bad crash,' Rosberg said into a microphone, as he stood over the man's shoulder, unobtrusively but still very much present.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Pit Stop

What a time for the Formula One circus to reach our neck of the woods. By the end of this week's grand prix in Shanghai we may well have a new world champion.

Lewis Hamilton needs nine points to ensure he is the first rookie world champion and the youngest ever at just 22.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

It's always nice to be able to pinpoint that moment when a performer appeared on the scene that had the potential to not only completely alter the sporting landscape, but the social one as well. Maybe, just maybe, we were treated to one of those incredibly rare and seminal moments last week.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am