Australian GP (2019)

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Norris "drove like a veteran" on F1 debut

McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran believes Formula 1 debutant Lando Norris “drove like a veteran” in the Australian Grand Prix.

Piola's picks: Red Bull's urgent upgrade and teams' DRS tricks

Giorgio Piola starts his selection of the most intriguing Formula 1 tech updates from the Australian Grand Prix with a look at the upgrade Red Bull brought forward by a month, and how teams are changing DRS actuators to make the most of the new 2019 rules

No-nonsense Albon "really impressed" Toro Rosso in Melbourne

Toro Rosso technical director Jody Egginton says that the Italian team was impressed by Alex Albon on his Formula 1 debut, describing the Thai-British driver’s approach as “not emotional” and “methodical.”

The factors that hurt Ferrari in Australia

Ferrari's failure to follow through on its pre-season testing promise with victory in the season-opening Australian has left fans, and even the Italian team itself, searching for answers.

Mercedes believes kerb strike damaged Hamilton's floor

Mercedes thinks a kerb strike, rather than hitting debris, was the cause of Lewis Hamilton’s broken floor in the Australian Grand Prix.

Fastest lap point "livened up" Australian GP, says Brawn

Ross Brawn says that the introduction of a point for the fastest lap "livened up" the closing stages of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix. 

Binotto: Ferrari must make Australia slump an "exception"

Ferrari believes the potential of its 2019 Formula 1 car is “certainly bigger” than it showed in the Australian Grand Prix, which must be made into an “exception” this season.

Sainz hurt by Melbourne F1 weekend "full of bad luck"

Carlos Sainz believes he suffered every piece of bad luck he could have done on his McLaren Formula 1 team debut in the Australian Grand Prix.

Wolff: Heavy Ferrari defeat likely down to wrong set-up

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff think Ferrari's struggles in the Australian Grand Prix owed more to it taking a "wrong junction" on set-up rather than its car being inherently slow.

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

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says that the Australian Grand Prix weekend was made up "mainly of lows" for new signing Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat "pushed like an animal" to score in Australia

Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat said he "pushed like an animal" to recover from an error and score a point on his Formula 1 comeback in the Australian Grand Prix.

Bottas has rediscovered junior superstar form, says Wolff

Valtteri Bottas has returned to Formula 1 this year as brilliant as the superstar he was in his junior career, reckons Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

Giovinazzi's Australian GP "more or less over" on first lap

Antonio Giovinazzi’s Australian Grand Prix was compromised by floor and front wing damage sustained on the opening lap.

Australian GP flop leaves Ferrari confused

Ferrari does not yet understand why its pre-season testing form translated into such a disappointing Australian Grand Prix, where it struggled constantly with balance and tyre problems.

Australian Grand Prix driver ratings

Though there were some sublime performances over the Australian Grand Prix weekend, no one did quite enough to start the year with a perfect score. And for some of the drivers settling into new teams, Bahrain needs to be much, much better

Honda "relaxed" by podium but "clear gap" remains

Honda has been "relaxed" by scoring its first Formula 1 podium in 11 years at the first attempt with Red Bull, but still sees a "clear" performance gap to reduce.

Why ruthless 'new Bottas' is a real title threat

A dominant drive and a very blunt message to his critics - Valtteri Bottas began the 2019 Formula 1 season as a very different character to the battered, confidence-ravaged figure he had been going into the winter.

Pictured: The missing part of Hamilton’s floor

The significance of the damage to Lewis Hamilton’s floor in the Australian Grand Prix has been revealed in images of his Mercedes obtained immediately after the race.

Bottas ignored Wolff instruction not to go for fastest lap

Mercedes Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas and his engineer ignored his pre-race instructions not to take a risk by going for fastest lap in the Australian Grand Prix.

Wheelnut damage led to Grosjean's retirement

The Haas Formula 1 team believes damage to a wheelnut in Romain Grosjean's slow pitstop led to his eventual retirement from the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel: Ferrari had "way less grip" than in testing

Sebastian Vettel says his Ferrari Formula 1 car had "way less grip" in the Australian Grand Prix than it did during pre-season testing at Barcelona.

Grid "panic", lost mirror added to Kubica F1 return dramas

Robert Kubica says a pre-race grid panic that he could not see the start lights, plus a mirror falling off his car early in the Australian Grand Prix, added to the dramas of his Formula 1 return.

Ferrari explains call to back Leclerc off Vettel

Ferrari told Charles Leclerc to stay behind Sebastian Vettel in Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix because there was "no reason" to take a risk fighting over fourth place.

Bottas explains "to whom it may concern" radio message

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has explained the colourful radio message he gave to his critics after winning the Australian Grand Prix.

Horner: Gasly's race "very strong" despite non-score

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner believes Pierre Gasly had a “very strong” first race with the team despite finishing outside of the points.

"Drained" Ricciardo hints at new home race approach

A "drained" Daniel Ricciardo has hinted that he will take a new approach to the build-up to the Australian Grand Prix in 2020.

Honda allowed Verstappen to "have a go" on straights

Max Verstappen says he could "at least have a go" at his rivals at top speed during his first Formula 1 race with Red Bull's new engine partner Honda.

Ricciardo: "Massive gutter" caused front wing drama

Daniel Ricciardo has explained his curious trip onto the grass that led to his front wing being torn off by a gutter on the run to the first corner at Albert Park.

Visor tear-off forced Raikkonen into early pitstop

Kimi Raikkonen says a visor tear-off stuck in his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 car's brake duck forced a compromising early pitstop in the 2019 season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Grosjean: F1 cars now "easy to follow" but not overtake

Romain Grosjean says the new Formula 1 aero rules for 2019 have made it “easy to follow” other cars, if not overtake them.

Bottas stunned by his "best race ever" in F1

Valtteri Bottas was left stunned by his Australian Grand Prix victory, which he called "definitely my best race ever" in Formula 1.

Australian GP: Bottas takes dominant win as Ferrari struggles

Valtteri Bottas dominated the 2019 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, passing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the start to earn his first Formula 1 win since 2017.

Perez: Racing Point upgrade not working as hoped

Sergio Perez says Racing Point's Australian Grand Prix upgrade package has not delivered the expected performance gain despite qualifying 10th for the first Formula 1 race of the season.

Magnussen: "Crazy to think" Haas isn't F1's fastest car

Kevin Magnussen says it's "crazy" to think that there are Formula 1 cars faster than the Haas after being wowed by his VF-19 in qualifying.

Ricciardo didn't get "100 percent" out of Renault

Daniel Ricciardo admits he didn't get “100 percent” out of his Formula 1 car in his first qualifying as a Renault driver.

Mercedes: Red Bull "very different" after "huge" Honda step

Honda has made a "huge step forward" and made Red Bull look a "very different" prospect in terms of straightline speed, according to Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff.

Q3 shot "definitely" unexpected for Norris and McLaren

Formula 1 rookie Lando Norris and his McLaren team have admitted his progress to the top-10 shootout in Australian Grand Prix qualifying was a surprise.

Kubica says brushing wall was "embarrassing"

Robert Kubica labelled his brush with the wall in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix as "embarrassing", but said he had at least learned some important lessons about Williams' troubled FW42.

Mercedes uncertain it is as fast as it looks

Toto Wolff says his Mercedes Formula 1 team cannot judge whether its Australian Grand Prix qualifying domination was an "outlier" or if it is truly that much faster than Ferrari.

Leclerc says he did a "very bad job" in Q3

Charles Leclerc admitted he did a "very bad job" in his first qualifying session with Ferrari ahead of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren not using Petrobras to start 2019 F1 season

McLaren is not yet using Petrobras fuel after delaying a complete switch to its new Formula 1 technical partner it had planned for the start of the season.

Horner: Gasly Q1 exit down to "perfect storm"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has denied suggestions that the team got Pierre Gasly's strategy wrong in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, saying the Frenchman was caught out by "a perfect storm".

Mercedes "shocked, blown away" by gap to Ferrari

Mercedes' advantage over Ferrari in Australian Grand Prix qualifying was a "real shock" to Lewis Hamilton, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas admitted he was "blown away" by their performance.

Surprised Vettel says Ferrari "should be better than this"

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari "should be better" than it showed in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix after rival Mercedes caused a surprise in locking out of the front row.

Australian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes front row lock-out

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, heading a Mercedes front-row lockout for the first race of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Gasly: "Optimistic" Red Bull strategy caused Q1 exit

Pierre Gasly put his Q1 elimination at his first Formula 1 race for Red Bull Racing at the Australian Grand Prix down to an over-optimistic strategy.

Australian GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to top FP3

Lewis Hamilton completed his domination of Australian Grand Prix practice, as Mercedes maintained an advantage over Ferrari ahead of the first qualifying session of the new Formula 1 season.

Red Bull changes Verstappen's chassis

Red Bull has changed Max Verstappen’s chassis ahead of final practice and qualifying for the 2019 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP: Friday press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari), Toto WOLFF (Mercedes), Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing).

Ten things we've learned from Melbourne so far

The Formula 1 season is finally under way, and talking points on Friday ranged from a resurgent Mercedes to a nose-diving Williams. Our reporters bring you the key things learned so far in Melbourne

The Friday signs of Ferrari's concealed pace

The consensus heading into the season was that Ferrari held the advantage over Mercedes. After Friday practice in Australia, the question is whether Ferrari is holding back or if Mercedes has turned the tables on its rival

Kubica claims lack of spares forcing him to avoid kerbs

Robert Kubica claims his Australian Grand Prix Friday practice running was compromised by minor damage and having to stay off the kerbs.

Giorgio Piola’s top picks of Australian GP tech upgrades

The first official sessions of the 2019 Formula 1 season are now over, and plenty of new developments were unveiled on the opening day of running in Melbourne.

Albon: Inexperience played part in practice crash

Formula 1 rookie Alex Albon blamed inexperience and overheated tyres for his red-flag causing crash in first practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel: Mercedes "much stronger than they claimed"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says the rival Mercedes team has looked “much stronger than they claimed before the weekend” in Friday practice ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Williams not as bad as times suggest, says Russell

George Russell insists that the situation at the Williams Formula 1 team is not as bad as the laptimes in Australia suggest.

Perez: First F1 practice day of 2019 "not good at all"

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says his first day of practice running ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix was “not good at all”.

Gasly’s Honda engine gets all-clear after power loss scare

Honda says a late power loss scare for Pierre Gasly was nothing serious, and the Red Bull driver has been given the all clear for tomorrow.

Australian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice

Lewis Hamilton topped second free practice ahead of the 2019 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix for Mercedes.

Analysis: How Racing Point has upgraded its ‘vanilla’ F1 car

Racing Point has made a raft of changes to its RP19 for the first Formula 1 practice session of the season, updating its “vanilla” car for Melbourne from testing specification.