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FIA simulated Alonso's Australian GP crash with halo

The FIA has simulated Fernando Alonso's dramatic 2016 crash in Australia with the halo as part of its analysis of the Formula 1 cockpit protection device.

Data reveals Alonso's 305km/h Melbourne crash peaked at 46G

Fernando Alonso experienced a peak impact force of 46G during his 305km/h crash at the Australian Grand Prix, FIA data from the accident investigation has revealed.

Ferrari cleared of pitboard infraction

Ferrari has been cleared of using an illegal coded message on a pitboard at the Australian Grand Prix, following a query raised by a rival team.

Opinion: Why Verstappen and Sainz were both in the right

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz had good reason to be unhappy with each other during Formula 1's Melbourne curtain-raiser. But Valentin Khorounzhiy reckons the frustrations of both Toro Rosso drivers were justified.

McLaren and Red Bull refused to accept elimination qualifying compromise

Formula 1’s failure to change its under-fire elimination qualifying format was sealed when McLaren and Red Bull refused to accept anything other than ditching the shoot-out idea completely, has learned.

Verstappen insists no tension with Sainz

Max Verstappen has stated there are no issues with Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., despite the tensions that surfaced during the Australian Grand Prix.

Giorgio Piola's Australian GP tech wrap-up

There may have been just two weeks between the end of testing and the first race of the season but, as Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield found, there was still plenty of interesting tech on the cars in the Australian GP.

Opinion: Qualifying shambles shows F1 is its own worst enemy

The Australian Grand Prix qualifying fiasco showed some serious thought needs to be given into how Formula 1 is being run at the moment, says Jonathan Noble.

Haas admits debut result way beyond expectations

Haas F1 team owner Gene Haas says the American outfit would have been happy with its cars just making it to the end of the Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso: Crash a good test case for Halo

Fernando Alonso's accident will be a good test case for fully understanding any downsides to the introduction of the Halo in Formula 1, say leading figures.

Ricciardo ’not far off’ leaders in Melbourne

Daniel Ricciardo's superb drive to fourth at the Australian Grand Prix was somewhat overlooked in the aftermath of a race that included its fair share of controversy and drama – but he says he wasn’t far off Mercedes and Ferrari in some parts of the race.

Raikkonen: Race pace showed Ferrari's real potential

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari's strong pace in the Australian Grand Prix race was a truer reflection of his team's potential than what happened in qualifying.

New tyre regulations "fantastic" for F1 - Lowe

Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says that the decision to give teams the choice of three Pirelli tyre compounds made a big contribution to an exciting Australian GP.

Rosberg needed to start F1 season with win, says Lauda

Niki Lauda says that Nico Rosberg's Australian GP victory represents a huge boost to the German as he starts another season long battle with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Analysis: How Mercedes turned the tables on Ferrari

Formula 1 kicked off its 2016 season with a bang in Melbourne. Adam Cooper takes us inside the Australian Grand Prix.

A disappointing season opener for the Sauber F1 Team

Felipe Nasr finished the race at the Albert Park in P15, Marcus Ericsson had to retire in lap 39

McLaren Honda: Race and accident report from the Australian GP

Fernando Alonso: “I got out quickly so my mum could see I was okay!”

Australian GP – Vettel third

Sebastian makes it to the podium. A technical problem stops Kimi after 21 laps.

A solid debut for Renault at Albert Park

Jolyon Palmer led Kevin Magnussen across the line to finish just shy of the points.

Haas F1 Team makes a great debut on the Australian GP

Haas F1 Team made history before and after the 32nd Australian Grand Prix Sunday in Melbourne.

Alonso says Melbourne crash the biggest of his career

Fernando Alonso says his Australian Grand Prix crash was the biggest he has suffered during his entire racing career.

Force India blames red flag for ruining one-stop strategy

Force India rued the untimely red flag that destroyed its one-stop strategy in Australian Grand Prix.

Palmer: Return to wheel-to-wheel action no problem

Renault's Jolyon Palmer says he had no problems returning to wheel-to-wheel battle, despite having spent 2015 without a race seat.

Australian GP: Post-race press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Ferrari: Different strategy may not have won race

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene thinks it 'nonsense' for anyone to suggest that Sebastian Vettel would definitely have won the Australian Grand Prix on a different tyre strategy.

Radio clampdown made no difference - Hamilton

World champion Lewis Hamilton says the clampdown on radio communication made no difference whatsoever during the Australian Grand Prix.

Verstappen lashes out over Toro Rosso's race strategy

Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen said his Australian Grand Prix – that included him hitting teammate Carlos Sainz – was “very frustrating and disappointing”.

Haas says outstanding debut impossible without Ferrari help

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says the team's outstanding F1 debut in the Australian Grand Prix would not have been possible without Ferrari's help.

Mercedes "thought about retiring" Rosberg over brake caliper drama

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted that Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg was in serious danger of not making the finish of the race due to rising brake caliper temperatures.

Button: Halo cockpit wouldn’t have affected Alonso’s situation

Jenson Button says his McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso would not have suffered any adverse effects from a slower exit from his inverted McLaren if it had been fitted with a Halo cockpit device.

Vettel: Ferrari's aggressive strategy wrong in hindsight

Sebastian Vettel admitted Ferrari probably got its strategy wrong during the Australian Grand Prix, after staying on supersoft tyres following the red flag period.

Australian GP: Rosberg wins season opener, Alonso’s crash halts race

Nico Rosberg got his F1 World Championship challenge off to a perfect start in the season-opening Australian GP, after clipping Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the first corner and overcoming the challenge of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso survives frightening Australian GP crash

Fernando Alonso has survived a spectacular accident at the Australian Grand Prix that forced the Formula 1 season opener to be red flagged.

FIA agrees last-minute easing of F1 radio clampdown

The FIA has agreed to a last-minute easing of Formula 1's radio restrictions for the Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes wary of Ferrari threat in Melbourne F1 race

Mercedes still fears that Ferrari will put it under pressure in the Australian Grand Prix, despite a surprisingly large buffer to its main Formula 1 rival in qualifying.

Palmer sets the 14th and Magnussen the15th fastest time today at Albert Park

Alan Permane, Renault Trackside Operations Director: "We are reasonably happy especially as the session went very smoothly for us execution-wise."

F1 drivers prohibited from throwing visor tear-off strips on track

Formula 1 drivers have been warned that from the Australian Grand Prix they must not throw visor tear-off strips on the race track or pitlane, or they risk punishment from the FIA.

P5 and P7 for Toro Rosso on qualifying in Melbourne

Max Verstappen: "We managed to turn it around and to be P5 – a career best – here in Melbourne is a great achievement by the whole team!"

F1 team bosses unite against new qualifying system

There has been a wave of support against the new qualifying system from F1 team bosses since the perceived failure of its first use in Melbourne today.

Traffic to blame for Q1 exit - Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat admitted that being sent out in traffic was behind his elimination in the first qualifying session at Albert Park.

Steiner says Haryanto incident "not too clever"

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner was critical of the rival Manor squad following a pitlane accident during final practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Bottas under investigation over absent set-up sheets

Valtteri Bottas could lose his 11th place on the grid of the Australian Grand Prix after the FIA launched an investigation into a breach of the rules by Williams.

F1 bosses to meet on Sunday to discuss urgent qualifying change

Formula 1 team bosses will meet ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday to discuss an urgent change to the sport's qualifying system for the next race in Bahrain.

Verstappen says he can keep fifth in the race

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen says the STR11 can be just as good in race trim as it was in Saturday qualifying in Melbourne.

Lauda: Qualifying debacle caused by refusal to reverse grids

Niki Lauda says that avoiding a reverse-grid rule is what led to the current qualifying format that was slammed on Saturday after the first grid-deciding session in Australia.

Vettel says qualifying farce no surprise for drivers

Sebastian Vettel says the Australian Grand Prix qualifying farce was no surprise, as drivers had warned F1 chiefs against the new format.

McLaren pace a "huge surprise", drivers say

McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were both upbeat after placing 12th and 13th respectively in the first qualifying of the season in Melbourne.

Australian GP: Hamilton scores first F1 pole of 2016

Lewis Hamilton will start the opening Grand Prix of the 2016 season in Melbourne from pole position, topping the timesheets in the controversial new-style qualifying format.

Australian GP: Hamilton fastest in FP3 but Ferrari closes the gap

Lewis Hamilton topped the times in final free practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, but Ferrari demonstrated it has closed the gap to Mercedes.

Analysis: Why FP3 order plays a role in F1 qualifying’s new rules

The order of Saturday morning’s Free Practice 3 session now plays a role in F1 qualifying this season – and it could have an impact if action is interrupted by a red flag or virtual safety car before every driver has completed a flying lap.

A wet start to Renault Sport Formula One Team in Australia

Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer both taking to a damp Albert Park circuit.

Giorgio Piola tech blog: Australian GP

Although there’s not been much time for teams to deliver radical changes to their cars since the end of testing, Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield investigate a number of interesting detail changes among the frontrunners.

Magnussen: Driving a yellow Renault "feels like home again"

Renault's new recruit Kevin Magnussen has said that driving the yellow-liveried Renault RS16 evokes happy memories from earlier in his career.

Rosberg takes blame for practice accident

Nico Rosberg has taken the blame for his crash into the wall in second free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari boss predicts 'supermarket queue' in qualifying

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says he has concerns that tomorrow's first use of F1's new qualifying format will result in a 'supermarket queue'.

Haas underprepared after wet practice - Steiner

Friday's wet weather in Melbourne has left the Haas F1 team “not as prepared as it should be” ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, according to team principal Gunther Steiner.

Mixed weather "an opportunity" for Red Bull - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo believes the mixed weather conditions could offer Red Bull a chance to do better than expected in the Australian Grand Prix.