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RETURN OF THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX
14 MAY 2019
The return of the Dutch Grand Prix came as a surprise to very few today. Talks have been in the works for a while, and the dunes of Zandvoort will once again reverberate to the sound of a Formula One car next year.
Or rather, 20 Formula One cars. Zandvoort has been a regular stopping point for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in recent years, with the Live Demo team entertaining Grand Prix sized crowds at the Jumbo Racedagen event with everything from extreme caravan racing to synchronised donuts down the start finish straight. Impatient as we are, we’ve decided not to wait until next year and so we’ll be back in Zandvoort this weekend with Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and our RB7s to provide a full measure of donuts, burnouts and speed runs before we head to the Riviera and the Monaco Grand Prix.
2019 FIA Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 23-24°C air, 37-44°C track
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“For the first race of the season, it was an ok race. We had some small issues which we could not have anticipated and both drivers put up a good fight. We are returning home with 4 points, which is a positive. To start the season with one car in the top ten is a good achievement and we will push hard to score some more points at the next Grand Prix in Bahrain.”
AUSTRALIAN GP 2019 – QUALIFYING
MARCH 16, 2019
First qualifying session of 2019, here in Melbourne. Here our drivers and team’s reaction:
Alex Albon (STR14-02, Car 23)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:24.328, pos. 15th, 15 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:22.757, (Q2) 1:22.636, pos. 13th
2019 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Saturday
16 March 2019
Renault F1 Team will start the season-opening Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix with Nico Hülkenberg eleventh and Daniel Ricciardo twelfth following a tight qualifying session around Albert Park, Melbourne.
Both drivers eased into Q2 following strong – and closely-matched – laps. Nico’s progress was however hampered by an electrical issue that prevented him completing his final run of the session. He just missed the top ten by 0.03secs in one run.
Home hero Daniel lines up for his first race for Renault F1 Team in twelfth. The Australian was also just a couple of a thousandths from reaching Q3.
2019 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
"Formula 1 fans can expect an unpredictable and thrilling Australian Grand Prix"
Albert Park, Saturday 16 March
Lando and Carlos start the opening round of this year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Australia tomorrow from the fourth and ninth rows respectively on the 20-car grid. The 58-lap (or 120 mins) race starting at 16:10 (local) marks the British teenager’s grand prix debut – something the Spaniard experienced himself in Melbourne in 2015.
Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap
Event: Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 21)
Date: Saturday, March 16
Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track
Weather: Sunny and clear
Air Temps: 22.8-23.3 degrees Celsius (73-73.9 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 34.3-39.4 degrees Celsius (93.7-102.9 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:20.486 – new track record)
Result: Romain Grosjean qualified 6th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 7th
Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Second and third row for Ferrari
Melbourne, 16 March 2019 – Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will start the Australian Grand Prix from the second and third row of the grid respectively. It was not the easiest of sessions for the Scuderia and it ended with Sebastian third fastest and Charles fifth. The race gets underway at 16h10 local time (06h10 CET.)
2019 Australian GP: Qualifying Report
P10 - SERGIO PEREZ - Chassis 01
Sergio: “Making the top ten is a great way to start the season. We did a great job throughout qualifying and I was really pleased with my lap in Q2. The key today was to avoid mistakes and be consistent. It will be interesting to see where we stand in the race but it’s never easy to overtake on this track so starting in the top ten is important. Hopefully we can hold position and make up some ground at the start. As I always say, it doesn’t matter where you start the season, but where you finish. There is great potential in this car and I’m confident we can keep improving as the year goes on.”
Australian Grand Prix Qualifying
16/03/2019 Qualifying Notes
George Russell qualified 19th and Robert Kubica 20th for the Australian Grand Prix
George set a time of 1:24.360 on his third and final flying lap of Q1 to finish P19
Robert improved on his second flying lap to a 1:26.067 but a puncture on his last effort meant that he was unable to progress, finishing the session in P20
2019 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport lock out the front row for the 2019 F1 season-opener in Melbourne
Lewis claimed his 84th Formula One pole position - his first of the 2019 season and eighth at Albert Park
Valtteri will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from P2 on the grid, completing the first front row lockout for the team in the 2019 season
Both drivers will start tomorrow's race on the Soft tyres
AUSTRALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 4th 1: 21.320 (Practice 3 – P9 1:23.481)
“I am pretty happy with the way qualifying went. After some of the difficulties we’ve had this weekend, especially this morning, I was a bit worried but the guys here and back at the factory have been working really well together to find a good set-up and I think we can be pleased with the second row. It was really tight in Q1 and on a street circuit like this you really have to nail the first run. I was lucky to have that second lap on the board where I improved but it was really tight, especially as we only used one set of tyres, unlike many others. I definitely felt the extra performance coming from the qualifying mode which is also very pleasing. It has been tricky finding a good balance and we are of course not where we want to be in terms of the gap, but we also have to be realistic and happy with this grid position. Fourth is better than we expected going into qualifying. It’s difficult to say where we will be tomorrow and I didn’t get to do a full long run on Friday, but it looks like the tyres are holding on quite well, so as long as we get a clean start, we will find out what we can really do.”
2019 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 22-24°C air, 43-46°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 23°C air, 34-39°C track
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“Overall, the qualifying was a good one. While Antonio showed a very strong performance in Q1, Kimi delivered a strong performance in Q2. Our pace has been promising so far and we are confident of our potential to have a good result in the race. The team is optimistic and collaborating well. We will push to bring home the first points of the season tomorrow.”
Sauber and Alfa Romeo to keep fighting for ambitious results as Alfa Romeo Racing
The 2019 Formula One World Championship will see two of the most historical brands in motorsport – Sauber and Alfa Romeo – return to circuits across the globe with 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen and the young Italian Antonio Giovinazzi driving for Alfa Romeo Racing, formerly referred to as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Just one year after it was founded on the 24th June 1910, Alfa Romeo made its debut in an official competition, winning the first Regularity Race in Modena. Since then, its sporting legend has been a string of victories and top-three finishes in many international championships, including Formula One. In 2019, the cars of Alfa Romeo Racing will sport the time-honoured four-leaf clover emblem that since 1923 has identified the fastest Alfa Romeo models.
2019 F1 car to run for the first time on 13 February
We are delighted to announce that our 2019 Formula One car will hit the track for the first time on Wednesday 13 February for its initial shakedown run. The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ will contest the tenth season of the modern incarnation of the works Mercedes team.
We will supply a number of assets on the day of the inaugural run, including background information, imagery of the car and a VNR. Please find a more detailed plan of assets in the list below.
To celebrate the tenth modern-day Mercedes F1 car, we will provide fans with insights about the new car and the upcoming season on our social media channels in the days leading up to the shakedown day.
We ask for your understanding that the shakedown is a closed event and will not be accessible to media or public.
. Access online content throughout the countdown and the shakedown day via the team's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.
. Regularly updated imagery will be made available to the media on 13 February via the team media site, media.mercedesamgf1.com. All content provided on our media site will be rights free for editorial use; a login is not required.
. 2019 press pack, including Q&As with the senior management, the car's technical specifications, biographies of key team personnel, partner information and more will be distributed via press release and made available on the team's media site.
. A video news release, including on-track footage of the car as well as statements from key personnel will be made available via media alert, on the team's media site and via F1 Insight.
Lance Stroll to race alongside Sergio Perez in 2019
Racing Point Force India is delighted to announce that Lance Stroll will join the team for 2019 to race alongside Sergio Perez. Lance has pledged his commitment to the team as part of a long-term deal.
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal & CEO of Racing Point Force India: “I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year. It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience. Lance is only twenty and already has two years of Formula One experience under his belt, as well as a podium finish and a front row start. We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish. Our team has enjoyed great success nurturing and developing young and talented drivers, and we are very excited to begin our journey with Lance. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Esteban Ocon for his contribution to the team over the last two seasons and wish him well for the future.”
Lance Stroll: “This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula One career. I look forward to working alongside a successful team with a great culture. It’s a new challenge and I am excited to embrace this new opportunity!”