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Sainz claims “poisoned” banana caused Melbourne sickness

Renault’s Carlos Sainz has revealed that eating a “poisoned” banana added to his discomfort during the Australian Grand Prix, while he fought off Force India’s Sergio Perez for 10th position.

Mercedes uncovers bug that led to Melbourne defeat

Mercedes has discovered there was a computer bug in the software it uses at Formula 1 races, after concluding its investigation into what went wrong at the Australian Grand Prix.

Strategy Report: How Hamilton lost the Australian GP to Vettel

For the second year in a row the Australian Grand Prix was won by Ferrari, due to a race strategy twist and a strong opportunistic drive by Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes: Recovery drives tougher in F1's "new world"

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas' struggle to progress up the order in the Australian Grand Prix shows how competitive the Formula 1 field is in 2018 - and reflects a "new world".

F1 opener prompts calls for Albert Park layout changes

The Albert Park layout should be reviewed in a bid to help create more overtaking opportunities, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Why F1 teams should be wary of attacking Haas

Haas was the sensation of the opening Formula 1 weekend of the 2018 season, to the chagrin of some of its rivals. But do their 'replica Ferrari' complaints really stand up?

Hamilton blames engine limit for early end to Vettel fight

Lewis Hamilton says he is already driving with Formula 1’s new engine limit in mind after backing off in the Australian Grand Prix to protect his Mercedes power unit.

Gallery: Best radio messages from the Australian GP

Recap the Formula 1 season opener Australian Grand Prix with selected radio messages from the race.

F1 must make effort to solve overtaking problem, says Brawn

Ross Brawn says the Australian Grand Prix missed the “vital ingredient” of overtaking and that the problem won’t be fixed until Formula 1 takes a structured approach towards rectifying it.

Williams is "surviving", not "racing" - Stroll

Lance Stroll says Williams is "surviving" rather than racing as it battles through its difficult start to the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Ricciardo's fastest lap only way to judge Red Bull pace - Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes his team's 2018 Formula 1 car can only be judged on Daniel Ricciardo's fastest lap in the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian Grand Prix driver ratings

Several leading drivers started 2018 on the back foot after disappointing performances in the Australian Grand Prix, while the best drive of all went cruelly unrewarded.

Honda failure in Melbourne a "pain in the arse" - Gasly

A Honda engine failure in the Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix opener was a "pain in the arse" given Toro Rosso's trouble-free testing, admits Pierre Gasly.

How Hamilton's needless loss revealed a Mercedes flaw

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Australian Grand Prix defeat wasn't unlucky, it was completely avoidable - and it was down to both the driver and the team.

Verstappen would've switched off "worthless" Australian GP

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he would have switched off the “completely worthless” Australian Grand Prix had he been watching it as a fan.

F1 Debrief: All you need to know from the Australian GP

Good morning. Welcome to your morning Motorsport F1 Debrief from the Australian Grand Prix - your quick wrap-up of all the important stories that took place from the first F1 race of the season.

Australian GP statistics: Vettel joins the '100 podiums club'

Top statistics and figures from the opening round of the 2018 Formula 1 season, the Australian Grand Prix.

Force India's 14-race points streak ends in Melbourne

Force India missed out on a Formula 1 points finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, bringing an end to a top 10 streak that stretched to 14 races.

Haas blames lack of practice for pitstop blunders

The Haas Formula 1 team is planning extra pitstop practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, after suggesting poor preparation contributed to the problems that ruined its race in Australia.

Australian GP: Post-race press conference

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

McLaren's Melbourne performance "a big contrast" to 2017

McLaren's strong showing in the Formula 1 2018 season opener in Melbourne was “a big contrast” to its initial struggles last year, according to its drivers.

FIA explains why Verstappen avoided Alonso pass penalty

Max Verstappen was asked to let Fernando Alonso through because the Dutchman was 0.1 seconds behind the Spaniard as the pair entered a yellow flag zone during the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP: Top photos from the race's selection of photos from the Australian Grand Prix, the first round of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Hamilton had "extra tools" to avoid Vettel defeat

Lewis Hamilton had the "extra tools" needed to keep clear of Sebastian Vettel had Mercedes not misjudged the gap it required during the Australian Grand Prix.

Sirotkin believes sandwich bag led to retirement

Sergey Sirotkin reckons a rogue sandwich bag led to his early retirement from the Australian Grand Prix.

Car damage a factor in Verstappen's spin

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen's spin during the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix was partly a consequence of damage he sustained while pursuing Kevin Magnussen.

Bottas says cooling miscalculation hurt him in the race

Valtteri Bottas believes a miscalculation in his car's cooling may have cost him a better result in Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari not yet "a true match" for Mercedes, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 car is not currently “a true match” for Mercedes, despite having beaten Lewis Hamilton to victory in the Australian Grand Prix.

Big fine adds to Haas' misery after "heartbreaking" DNFs

The Haas Formula 1 team has been fined €10,000 for the unsafe pit releases that led to Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean's Australian Grand Prix retirements.

Sainz "nearly started vomiting" during Australian GP

Carlos Sainz says a problem with his Renault car's water pump meant he nearly vomited during Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes blames "software problem" for Australia defeat

Mercedes suspects a software glitch was to blame for it losing victory at the Australian Grand Prix to Sebastian Vettel during a virtual safety car period.

Australian GP: Vettel beats Hamilton with strategy call

Sebastian Vettel took advantage of a mid-race safety car to steal victory from Lewis Hamilton in the 2018 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Part changes put Bottas on penalty limit

Valtteri Bottas is already on the bubble for power unit grid penalties ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 season opener after his Australian Grand Prix qualifying crash.

Albert Park Supercars: Reynolds wins final race

Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds chalked up his first solo race victory since joining Erebus Motorsport at Albert Park.

Wolff doesn't want Bottas to feel pressure after crash

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he will not allow Valtteri Bottas to feel that he is under any extra pressure to deliver, despite his crash in Australian Grand Prix qualifying.

"Upset" Gasly admits he was "too greedy" in qualifying

A dejected Pierre Gasly rued being “too greedy” on his decisive lap in Australian Grand Prix qualifying, as a mistake consigned the Frenchman to last on the grid for Formula 1's season opener.

Alonso: McLaren set for "big points" on Sunday

Fernando Alonso says he goes into the 2018 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix hoping for a top five finish despite McLaren only being 11th and 12th in Melbourne qualifying.

Australian GP: Top photos from Saturday's selection of photos from FP3 and qualifying of the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Perez: Force India worse than expected in Australia

Sergio Perez has admitted his Force India team was "definitely behind" where it expected to be in the opening qualifying of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne.

Australian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Magnussen says Alonso "annoyed" Haas beating McLaren

Kevin Magnussen says Fernando Alonso's comments about the Haas F1 car being a "Ferrari replica" stem from frustration that McLaren is being outpaced by one of the smallest teams on the grid.

Verstappen says mistake cost him front row slot

Max Verstappen has suggested he would have qualified on the front row of the grid for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix but for a mistake at Turn 13.

Bottas set for gearbox change penalty after crash

Valtteri Bottas is set to drop a further five places down the grid at the Australian Grand Prix after Mercedes confirmed his qualifying crash has damaged his gearbox.

Mercedes qualifying mode "a punch in the stomach" - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says Mercedes' qualifying mode that helped Lewis Hamilton dominate the Australian Grand Prix pole shoot-out was “a punch in the stomach” to its Formula 1 rivals.

Albert Park Supercars: Pye holds off Whincup in wet thriller

Scott Pye held off Jamie Whincup to take a thrilling first Supercars win in mixed conditions at Albert Park.

'Party' engine mode not behind Q3 leap, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says the 0.887s improvement that helped him grab pole position for the Australian Grand Prix was nothing to do with any special 'party' mode on his engine.

Alonso says McLaren's qualifying pace "a relief"

Fernando Alonso admitted he was relieved about his McLaren Formula 1 team's competitiveness in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, despite missing out on a Q3 slot.

Australian GP: Hamilton storms to pole as Bottas crashes

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2018 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crashed out of qualifying.

Australian GP: Vettel tops FP3 Ferrari 1-2 in drying conditions

Sebastian Vettel timed his fastest lap perfectly as wet weather gave way to a drying track in Melbourne for the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Albert Park Supercars: Whincup dominates wet Race 2

Jamie Whincup chalked up his first win of the 2018 Supercars season with a dominant showing in wet conditions at the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images continue to uncover the technical happenings in the Australian GP pitlane.

Ten things we've learned from Australian GP so far

With the first free practice sessions of the 2018 Formula 1 season in the books,’s team in Melbourne assesses the major stories coming out of Albert Park

Analysis: Force India’s 'attacking' new Melbourne update

Force India is under no illusions how tough it will be in 2018 to maintain its place as best-of-the-rest behind the big three teams in Formula 1.

Leclerc underestimated Australian GP circuit before practice

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc says that he underestimated how tricky it would be to come to terms with the Albert Park circuit before today's Australian Grand Prix practice session.

How Ferrari has engineered itself into a hole

Ferrari opted to make major changes to its design philosophy for 2018, but the opening practice sessions in Australia suggest it has work to do to get the most out of its aggressive approach.

Australian GP: Top photos from Friday's selection of photos from the opening two Formula 1 practice sessions of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso says "Ferrari replica" Haas' pace no surprise

McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says Haas's strong Australian Grand Prix practice form is not a surprise because it is a "Ferrari replica" from 2017.

Hamilton: Rivals catching Mercedes "exciting"

Lewis Hamilton says it is "exciting" that the gap separating Mercedes and its Formula 1 rivals shrunk between the first and second Australian Grand Prix practice sessions on Friday.

Ricciardo hit with three-place grid penalty

Daniel Ricciardo has been slapped with a three-place grid penalty for his home Formula 1 race, thanks to a red flag infringement during today's second practice session.

Vettel says "a lot" more to come from Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel believes there is a "lot" more performance to come from Ferrari after saying he did not feel comfortable with the balance of his car in Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix.