31 March


Sustaining Gains Into Bahrain


After a ‘Pointed’ Weekend in Australia, Haas F1 Team Seeks More in Sakhir
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 26, 2016) – Until Haas F1 Team took to the grid last weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, it had been 30 years since an American team competed in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Simply showing up prepared and putting two cars on the track that made competitive lap times was the goal. And for industry veterans curious to know what kind of organization Haas F1 Team would be, the professional appearance displayed duringpreseason testing in Barcelona and at the season’s first race in Australia belied an intent to surpass expectations. [Read More!]
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30 March


QUICK SAND


We preview the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, 1-3 April
30 March 2016
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
We’re at a windswept Bahrain International Circuit where the palm trees are taking quite a beating ahead of Round 2 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. In our Bahrain Grand Prix preview we find out what Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto took away from their Grand Prix debut in Melbourne and what lies ahead on the shifting sands of Sakhir this weekend. [Read More!]
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2016 Bahrain Grand Prix – preview


30-03-2016
Round 2/21 01-03 April 2016
Circuit stats
2015 winner: Lewis Hamilton, 57 laps, 1:35:05.809s
2015 pole position: Lewis Hamilton, 1m32.571s
2015 fastest lap: Kimi Räikkönen, 1m36.311s, lap 42 [Read More!]
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29 March


Preview – 2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix


29.03.2016
2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd April 2016

After the season’s opening race – and right after the Easter holidays – the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to the next grand prix destination: The island kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf. Next weekend the Bahrain Grand Prix will be again held under the floodlights at the Bahrain International Circuit in the Sakhir desert. The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers are looking forward to this special event. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


29/03/2016

RACE PREVIEW
1-3 APRIL
BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
ROUND 2 OF 21 [Read More!]
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2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


29 March 2016, Brackley
The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Two, the Bahrain Grand Prix, from the Bahrain International Circuit
Lewis: "I have a good feeling about my pace"
Nico: "The aim is to come out on top at every step"
Toto: "We expect even smaller gaps and a very close match this weekend"
Paddy: "We could see a few surprises" [Read More!]
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2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Preview


Sahara Force India gets ready for round two of the 2016 Formula One season in Bahrain.

Q&A with Vijay Mallya, Team Principal
Vijay Mallya expects another strong performance in Bahrain this weekend.

Vijay, did the team’s performance in Melbourne live up to expectations?
“After a race like Melbourne you always come away wondering what might have happened without the red flag, but I think we left Australia with our fair share of points. We had a mix of good and bad fortune, but I think that’s true for quite a few teams. Ahead of the season I said the team’s goal was to qualify and race in the top ten at every race, and we certainly achieved that in Melbourne.”
[Read More!]
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26 March


Red Bull Race Preview: Bahrain 2016


Daniil Kvyat
“I like the weather in Bahrain and the track is good. It might look like a simple, modern track but actually it’s very challenging to put a strong lap together. I like that Bahrain is a night race, it gives it some passion! And night racing feels like you are going into space! [Read More!]
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20 March


2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, SUNDAY


20 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team began its Formula 1 journey with a solid debut at Albert Park, as Jolyon Palmer led Kevin Magnussen across the line to finish just shy of the points.
Jolyon drove a mature race despite it being his personal Grand Prix debut, withstanding late-race pressure to finish eleventh. Kevin was unlucky with a first lap puncture, but fought back and showed particularly strong race pace on his final stint, finishing twelfth. [Read More!]
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2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY


20/03/2016
Franz Tost (Team Principal)
“Both drivers did a good start. Max came back from the first lap in 4th position, Carlos was 7th.
We kept a fast pace in this first stint. Carlos’ pit-stop went well, by undercutting Massa. After the red flag, when the race was restarted, Max was 5th and Carlos 6th. But in the following laps we lost the pace. Carlos had a lot of front locking. Therefore we called him for an early pit stop. We changed our strategy and sent him out on medium tires. Within the next three laps also Max came into the pits, but the team was not prepared for this stop, as we did not call him. Therefore he lost 7 seconds, which put him in 12th position. This result is very disappointing for us, as we had the speed to finish in a much better position. The only positive aspect is the knowledge that the STR11 is very competitive.” [Read More!]
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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – ALBERT PARK CIRCUIT,


20 MARCH 2016
2016 Australian GP - Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Maurizio Arrivabene: ”Our pace was good in the first part of the Grand Prix, before the race was red-flagged, but we shouldn’t use it as an excuse. This only show that you shouldn’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Today’s race should serve as a lesson to us to push even harder, with even more humility and dedication, starting already at the next race in Bahrain.” [Read More!]
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2016 Australian Grand Prix


“I got out quickly so my mum could see I was okay!”
Albert Park Circuit, Sunday March 20
Today’s race was overshadowed by Fernando’s accident with Esteban Gutierrez at Turn Three on lap 16.

Despite the violence of the crash, Fernando was able to extricate himself from the car unaided, and was then taken to the circuit medical centre for routine checks, before being declared okay by the doctors. His car fared less well – both the chassis and the power unit were heavily damaged, and the resulting debris was scattered so extensively that it prompted a red-flag stoppage to clear up the mess. [Read More!]
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Australian Grand Prix: Race Recap


Overview Event: Australian Grand Prix
Date: Sunday, March 20
Location: Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn circuit
Weather: Sunny, 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit)
Race Winner: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes
Haas F1 Team: Romain Grosjean – Started 19th, Finished 6th (Running, completed 57/57 laps) Esteban Gutiérrez – Started 20th, Finished 20th (Accident, completed 16/57 laps) [Read More!]
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ONLY THE START


Highs and lows at the Melbourne opener. Pascal takes the flag in 16th place, Rio’s debut is cut short by a driveline problem

The Race

2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Sunday 20 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
Pascal P16 1:32.673
Rio DNF 1:33.847

Mixed feelings for Manor Racing at the end of a thrilling curtain-raiser to the 2016 season. Pascal Wehrlein brought his MRT05 home in 16th position, but a driveline problem put paid to an equally promising debut for his teammate Rio Haryanto. [Read More!]
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2016 Australian Grand Prix - Sunday


20 March 2016, Melbourne
Nico and Lewis clinch memorable 1-2 after a thrilling race in Melbourne
Nico took his 15th career victory today - his second at the Melbourne Grand Prix Cicuit
Lewis claimed his 88th Formula One podium to complete a Silver Arrows 1-2
After a poor start dropped them from the front row to P3 (Nico) and P7 (Lewis), strong drives and good strategy calls saw both recover to cling on from a hard-charging Vettel
Nico (25) leads the Drivers' Championship by 7 points from Lewis (18) in P2
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (43) lead Ferrari (15) by 28 points in the Constructors' Championship [Read More!]
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2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Race Report


Sahara Force India scored six points in today’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg coming home in seventh place ahead of Sergio Perez in P13. [Read More!]
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Australian Grand Prix


20.03.16
Race Notes:
Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas eighth in the Australian Grand Prix.
After starting P16 due to a grid penalty for a gearbox change, Valtteri spent most of his race overtaking and fighting with Sainz, Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Grosjean for sixth. He made up eight places from his starting position.
The race was red-flagged on lap 18 following a collision between Gutierrez and Alonso.
After the first race of the season, Williams is third in the Constructors’ Championship. [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race


Sunday, 20.03.2016
Weather: dry and sunny/overcast, 22-25°C air, 27-38°C track

It was a disappointing season opener for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne. Felipe Nasr finished the race at the Albert Park in P15, Marcus Ericsson had to retire in lap 39 as vibrations appeared on the left rear tyre of his Sauber C35-Ferrari. The car is still under investigation.
There was a massive crash in lap 17 which left everyone breathless for a moment. Luckily, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez were uninjured. After the race was red-flagged, Marcus Ericsson got a drive through penalty following the re-start. The infringement was for work continuing on Marcus’ car at the 15 seconds signal in the pit lane. [Read More!]
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AUSTRALIA GP – RACE


20 March 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 8th
“Today was fun for me, it was so good to be back racing. I came on the radio more than once expressing my joy to just being out there competing. That joy was emphasized by having a good car underneath me. At the start we were able to pick cars off. We had good pace with high fuel on the Option and it was fun to be able to pass cars, I was enjoying that as always. I was sitting in a podium spot towards the end and I was hoping the tyres would last but I knew they weren’t going to hold and I would have to pit again. But fourth is still a good result and I’m happy we’re not that far off Mercedes and Ferrari. It was also good to see that Fernando and Esteban are okay. I haven’t watched the replay yet but I saw the car upside down so I knew it wasn’t a small accident.” [Read More!]
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2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne


Race Classification after 57 Laps - 302.271 Kms

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 57 1:48:15.565 167.525
2 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 57 1:48:23.625 +8.060 167.318
3 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 57 1:48:25.208 +9.643 167.277
4 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 57 1:48:39.895 +24.330 166.900
5 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 57 1:49:14.544 +58.979 166.018
6 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 57 1:49:27.646 +72.081 165.687
7 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 57 1:49:29.764 +74.199 165.633
8 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams Martini Racing 57 1:49:30.718 +75.153 165.609
9 55 C. SAINZ ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 57 1:49:31.245 +75.680 165.596
10 33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Scuderia Toro Rosso 57 1:49:32.398 +76.833 165.567
11 30 J. PALMER GBR Renault Sport F1 Team 57 1:49:38.964 +83.399 165.402
12 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Renault Sport F1 Team 57 1:49:41.171 +85.606 165.346
13 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 57 1:49:47.264 +91.699 165.193
14 22 J. BUTTON GBR McLaren Honda 56 1:48:17.218 +1 LAP 164.545
15 12 F. NASR BRA Sauber F1 Team 56 1:48:25.682 +1 LAP 164.330
16 94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Manor Racing MRT 56 1:49:45.154 +1 LAP 162.347
NOT CLASSIFIED
9 M. ERICSSON SWE Sauber F1 Team 38 1:20:45.837 DNF 149.705
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 21 53:19.744 DNF 125.293
88 R. HARYANTO INA Manor Racing MRT 17 28:10.008 DNF 192.036
21 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Haas F1 Team 16 25:38.752 DNF 198.506
14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 16 25:39.324 DNF 198.433
26 D. KVYAT RUS Red Bull Racing 0 DNS
FASTEST LAP
3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 1:28.997 on lap 49 214.510

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19 March


2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, SATURDAY


19 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team opened its Formula 1 qualifying account with Jolyon Palmer setting the fourteenth and Kevin Magnussen the fifteenth fastest time today at Albert Park. Both drivers proceeded through Q1 before succumbing to the knockout countdown and being eliminated during Q2. [Read More!]
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2016 Australian Grand Prix – qualifying


“We have a better race car than a qualifying car”
Albert Park Circuit, Saturday March 19

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix from 12th and 13th respectively after demonstrating the pace and potential of the MP4-31 package in qualifying this afternoon.

The track was dry for the quali session, for the first time this weekend, and the team maintained the promise it first showed yesterday. Both drivers comfortably graduated through Q1; in the second session, they set solid initial times, but, without any fresh sets of Supersofts remaining, they were unable to challenge thereafter, choosing not to run again.

After an inconclusive winter test, both Jenson and Fernando declared that the MP4-31 had made a significant step forwards in terms of pace, giving them both the confidence and belief comfortably to push it to the limit. Benefitting from much improved deployment, we go into tomorrow’s race hopeful of showing further promise and potential. [Read More!]
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Qualifying


UNFORGIVING
A tough initiation for the team & our rookies under the new qualifying format

2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Saturday 19 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne

Rio Q1 P21 3 laps 1:29.627
Pascal Q1 P22 3 laps 1:29.642 [Read More!]
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Australian GP Qualifying


19.03.16
Qualifying Notes
Felipe Massa qualified sixth and Valtteri Bottas 11th for the Australian Grand Prix.
In the new qualifying system, both drivers cleared Q1 with no problems.
Valtteri was eliminated during Q2 after struggling for grip on his final lap.
Both drivers set their fastest laps on supersoft tyres.
Valtteri will be able to choose his race start tyre for tomorrow, whilst Felipe will start on his supersoft tyres from Q2. [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying


Saturday, 19.03.2016
Weather: dry and overcast, 17-20°C air, 24-32°C track

The Sauber F1 Team will start the Australian Grand Prix from P16 (Ericsson) and P17 (Nasr). In the first of the new qualifying format as well as tyre regulations, the Swiss team did not make it into Q2. The Sauber F1 Team will now look into the data to analyse the new qualifying system. Despite the outcome, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are confident of making up positions during the race. [Read More!]
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AUSTRALIA GP – QUALIFYING


19 March 2016

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 8, (3rd Practice – 8, 1:26.768)
“To make it into Q3 is good, we expected to more or less be in the top eight. Another tenth would have probably given us a couple of more positions, but that’s always the way. As for the new qualifying system, Q1 and Q2 seemed okay, the clock ticking down added a bit more pressure and it might have been a bit more exciting for the fans, but Q3 didn’t seem to work as well, it was a bit weird to have the session still going and all the drivers out of their cars.” [Read More!]
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2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report


Sahara Force India secured top ten starting positions for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez qualifying in ninth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in tenth. [Read More!]
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2016 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday


19 March 2016, Melbourne
Silver Arrows star in Melbourne on landmark day for Lewis
Lewis today claimed his 50th career pole position - his fifth at the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit
Nico completed a Silver Arrows front row lockout for the opening race of the 2016 season in P2
Both drivers completed a single run in Q1 and Q2 and two runs in Q3, using the SuperSoft tyre throughout [Read More!]
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2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne


Qualifying Session Classification

POS NO NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 44 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.351 5 100.000 1:24.605 3 1:23.837 6
2 6 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:26.934 4 101.854 1:24.796 3 1:24.197 6
3 5 S. VETTEL Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.945 5 101.867 1:25.257 6 1:24.675 3
4 7 K. RAIKKONEN Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.579 4 101.438 1:25.615 6 1:25.033 3
5 33 M. VERSTAPPEN Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.934 3 101.854 1:25.615 6 1:25.434 3
6 19 F. MASSA Williams Martini Racing 1:25.918 6 100.664 1:25.644 3 1:25.458 3
7 55 C. SAINZ Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.057 5 101.998 1:25.384 6 1:25.582 3
8 3 D. RICCIARDO Red Bull Racing 1:26.945 6 101.867 1:25.599 6 1:25.589 3
9 11 S. PEREZ Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.607 6 101.471 1:25.753 6
10 27 N. HULKENBERG Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.550 8 101.404 1:25.865 6
11 77 V. BOTTAS Williams Martini Racing 1:27.135 3 102.090 1:25.961 6
12 14 F. ALONSO McLaren Honda 1:26.537 6 101.389 1:26.125 3
13 22 J. BUTTON McLaren Honda 1:26.740 6 101.627 1:26.304 3
14 30 J. PALMER Renault Sport F1 Team 1:27.241 9 102.214 1:27.601 3
15 20 K. MAGNUSSEN Renault Sport F1 Team 1:27.297 8 102.279 1:27.742 3
16 9 M. ERICSSON Sauber F1 Team 1:27.435 9 102.441
17 12 F. NASR Sauber F1 Team 1:27.958 7 103.054
18 26 D. KVYAT Red Bull Racing 1:28.006 5 103.110
19 8 R. GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team 1:28.322 6 103.480
20 21 E. GUTIERREZ Haas F1 Team 1:29.606 6 104.985
21 88 R. HARYANTO Manor Racing MRT 1:29.627 3 105.009
22 94 P. WEHRLEIN Manor Racing MRT 1:29.642 3 105.027
POLE POSITION LAP
44 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:23.837 227.713 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
44 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:23.837 227.713 KPH

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2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne


Third Practice Session Classification

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH TIME OF DAY
1 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.624 24 222.960
2 6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.800 25 +0.176 222.503
3 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 1:25.852 +0.228 25 222.368
4 55 C. SAINZ ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.257 +0.633 28 221.324
5 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.435 +0.811 23 220.868
6 33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.701 +1.077 26 220.191
7 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams Martini Racing 1:26.730 +1.106 28 220.117
8 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 1:26.768 +1.144 22 220.021
9 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 1:27.151 +1.527 28 219.054
10 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.242 +1.618 22 218.825
11 14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 1:27.263 +1.639 20 218.773
12 22 J. BUTTON GBR McLaren Honda 1:27.341 +1.717 20 218.577
13 26 D. KVYAT RUS Red Bull Racing 1:27.430 +1.806 22 218.355
14 9 M. ERICSSON SWE Sauber F1 Team 1:27.659 +2.035 26 217.784
15 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Renault Sport F1 Team 1:27.871 +2.247 24 217.259
16 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.988 +2.364 22 216.970
17 30 J. PALMER GBR Renault Sport F1 Team 1:28.117 +2.493 24 216.652
18 21 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Haas F1 Team 1:28.284 +2.660 21 216.243
19 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 1:28.292 +2.668 11 216.223
20 12 F. NASR BRA Sauber F1 Team 1:28.293 +2.669 26 216.220
21 94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Manor Racing MRT 1:29.046 +3.422 18 214.392
22 88 R. HARYANTO INA Manor Racing MRT 1:29.272 +3.648 23 213.849

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18 March


2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FRIDAY


18 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team experienced a wet start to the 2016 Formula 1 season with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer both taking to a damp Albert Park circuit for their first laps behind the wheel of the R.S.16 at a Grand Prix.
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes

Both drivers completed limited programmes due to the wet conditions.
Pirelli’s extreme wet (blue), intermediate (green) and soft (yellow) compound tyres were used in FP1; intermediate tyres were used in FP2. [Read More!]
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2016 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report


A day of unsettled weather in Albert Park resulted in limited mileage for Sahara Force India during the opening day of practice ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Practice


Friday, 18.03.2016
Weather: FP1: rainy and overcast, 17-19°C air, 18-28°C track; FP2: rainy and overcast, 16-18°C air, 18-21°C track; strong winds

The season opener at the Australian Grand Prix started with mixed weather conditions in both practice sessions. The track conditions were mostly difficult with occasional rain. The Sauber F1 Team was able to make installation checks on Marcus Ericsson’s and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber C35-Ferrari in the first practice session. In the afternoon the Swiss team decided not to run as dry conditions are expected for qualifying and the race. [Read More!]
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2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


18 MAR
“We definitely made the best of today”
Frequent showers, blustery winds and generally changeable conditions on the first day of practice made it difficult for anyone to obtain an accurate read on overall performance. Nonetheless, the McLaren-Honda team demonstrated its adaptability, experience and efficiency by consistently running competitively as it drilled through a series of evaluative tests and checks during the afternoon.

Given the washed-out nature of today’s running, we will put our learning to best use overnight as we prepare for a busy FP3 tomorrow afternoon and what is set to be an unpredictable and exciting qualifying session three hours later. [Read More!]
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Australian Grand Prix: Friday Practice Recap


Mar 18, 2016
Free Practice No. 1 Rundown:
Gutiérrez: 18th quick (1:41.780), 8 laps completed
Grosjean: 20th quick (1:43.443), 6 laps completed [Read More!]
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Australian GP Practice


18.03.16
Objectives: Systems checks and pitstop practice.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It is exciting for us all to be back at track preparing to go racing again. There is a great deal of anticipation for the team after a lot of hard work over the winter and everyone is keen to get going. It was a little bit disappointing for us all today though, for the team and the fans, but with the weather conditions we couldn’t really get a great deal done. You could see some teams out trying to do a little bit of performance running in the wet, but we elected to just go out and do system checks, starts and pitstops as we are almost certainly going to have a dry qualifying and dry Sunday. We aim to do more work tomorrow. [Read More!]
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2016 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 18/03/2016


Carlos Sainz (STR11-02, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: no time, pos. 22nd, 3 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.694, pos. 5th, 16 laps
“Not the easiest of starts to the weekend. During this morning’s FP1 we faced a few issues that limited our running, but fortunately we didn’t miss much because the track was wet for most of the session. The weather has been a bit annoying throughout the day, but at least FP2 was much better in terms of reliability. This afternoon we were able to run as much as we wanted and recovered a bit of track time we had lost in the morning. The car felt good in the wet, it gave me confidence in case it rains tomorrow or on Sunday and I feel in good form out on track.” [Read More!]
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2016 Australian Grand Prix - Friday


18 March 2016, Melbourne
Stop / start opening day as rain interrupts running at Albert Park
Lewis topped both sessions in mixed conditions
Nico was forced to sit out the majority of P2 after contact with the wall at Turn 7
Both drivers used the intermediate and soft compound tyres [Read More!]
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AUSTRALIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE


18 March 2016
DANIEL RICCIARDO
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:30.875, Laps: 13
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:39.535, Laps: 9
“Today was the definition of Melbourne. Four seasons in one day, that’s what everyone says and we got that today. It’s a shame we didn’t do that much constant running, but I’m not too frustrated with the position we’re in. The laps we did, I was pretty happy with and the car is in a decent place. It’s just nice to be back in the car again to be honest and I was very happy to put the helmet back on. I think tomorrow will be a little bit of a mixed bag for everyone. We did get enough running to feel all conditions and if it is variable throughout the weekend then we’re prepared for that. I took a little trip to the gravel this morning, but I noticed there were a lot of fans at Turn 12 and I wanted to say hello to them.” [Read More!]
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NO EASY RIDE


Our rookies debut in unforgiving conditions but they bag the most laps of the two sessions

Free Practice 1 & 2, 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Friday 18 March
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne

Pascal FP1 P16 6 laps 1:40.401 FP2 P12 25 laps 1:43.401
Rio FP1 P19 7 laps 1:43.372 FP2 P14 22 laps 1:44.304 [Read More!]
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2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne


Second Practice Session Classification

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH TIME OF DAY
1 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.841 7 193.146
2 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.308 8 +0.467 192.238
3 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.486 +0.645 7 191.894
4 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 1:39.535 +0.694 9 191.799
5 55 C. SAINZ ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.694 +0.853 16 191.493
6 14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 1:39.895 +1.054 16 191.108
7 22 J. BUTTON GBR McLaren Honda 1:40.008 +1.167 13 190.892
8 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 1:40.761 +1.920 7 189.466
9 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:41.256 +2.415 8 188.539
10 26 D. KVYAT RUS Red Bull Racing 1:42.411 +3.570 10 186.413
11 21 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Haas F1 Team 1:42.891 +4.050 10 185.543
12 94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Manor Racing MRT 1:43.401 +4.560 25 184.628
13 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 1:43.731 +4.890 8 184.041
14 88 R. HARYANTO INA Manor Racing MRT 1:44.304 +5.463 22 183.030
15 6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:47.356 +8.515 4 177.827
16 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Renault Sport F1 Team 2
17 30 J. PALMER GBR Renault Sport F1 Team 5
18 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 2
19 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams Martini Racing 2

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2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Melbourne


First Practice Session Classification

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH TIME OF DAY
1 44 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:29.725 14 212.770
2 26 D. KVYAT RUS Red Bull Racing 1:30.146 14 +0.421 211.776
3 3 D. RICCIARDO AUS Red Bull Racing 1:30.875 +1.150 13 210.077
4 27 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:31.325 +1.600 8 209.042
5 33 M. VERSTAPPEN NED Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:31.720 +1.995 14 208.142
6 6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:31.814 +2.089 11 207.929
7 14 F. ALONSO ESP McLaren Honda 1:33.060 +3.335 11 205.145
8 22 J. BUTTON GBR McLaren Honda 1:33.129 +3.404 16 204.993
9 11 S. PEREZ MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:33.370 +3.645 6 204.463
10 20 K. MAGNUSSEN DEN Renault Sport F1 Team 1:34.060 +4.335 13 202.964
11 77 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams Martini Racing 1:34.550 +4.825 6 201.912
12 19 F. MASSA BRA Williams Martini Racing 1:34.679 +4.954 6 201.637
13 12 F. NASR BRA Sauber F1 Team 1:34.796 +5.071 7 201.388
14 30 J. PALMER GBR Renault Sport F1 Team 1:35.477 +5.752 12 199.951
15 9 M. ERICSSON SWE Sauber F1 Team 1:37.956 +8.231 6 194.891
16 94 P. WEHRLEIN GER Manor Racing MRT 1:40.401 +10.676 6 190.145
17 7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari 1:40.754 0.353 10 189.479
18 21 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Haas F1 Team 1:41.780 +12.055 8 187.569
19 88 R. HARYANTO INA Manor Racing MRT 1:43.372 +13.647 7 184.680
20 8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Haas F1 Team 1:43.443 +13.718 6 184.553
21 5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Ferrari 8
22 55 C. SAINZ ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 3

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15 March


This is it.


The new season starts here at Albert Park in Melbourne.
We preview the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 18-20 March
15 March 2016
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
After eight days of testing and with 2257km of mileage under our belts, it’s time to get the 2016 season started. We catch up with our new rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto ahead of their Grand Prix debut. We also hear from Racing Director Dave Ryan, at the helm of a new-look team and one in very different shape to 12 months previously. Buckle up! [Read More!]
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12 March


AHEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX


Daniel Ricciardo
“For me the favourite things about the Australian GP are first of all the fans. They’re pretty awesome, every day we go to the track we get a pretty big greeting from everyone and they are super enthusiastic, it’s cool! The track is fun, I love street circuits so for me Melbourne’s got really good flow, really good corner combinations, lots of left/right, left/rights which is cool. And I’m not a massive fan of the European winter so getting back to Oz, not only to race but just to get back to some sunshine is great. To hear the Aussie accent, have some good Aussie food and live that summer lifestyle is great, so not really much to complain about! [Read More!]
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11 March


Australian Grand Prix Preview


11/03/2016

RACE PREVIEW
18-20 MARCH
ALBERT PARK
ROUND 1 OF 21

The traditional season-opener at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne is a fitting place to start the 2016 season. The part street circuit layout provides an interesting challenge for the drivers, with the late start time and setting sun making visibility tricky as the race unfolds. The laid back and knowledgeable Aussie fans always create an electric atmosphere, making this a popular destination for the Formula One circus after a busy winter. Williams has won five times in Australia and after another strong campaign in 2015 the team will be looking to make an impressive start to the season and signal its intent once again. [Read More!]
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05 March


Pre-season test two: Barcelona, Spain, March 1-4, 2016


“During the final test the teams began to concentrate more on performance and race preparations, with a number of qualifying and race simulations taking place over the four days. The fastest time was again set by the new ultrasoft, which is not ideally suited to the high-energy demands of Barcelona, but nonetheless gave most drivers a taste of the extra performance on offer this year. Of course this is still only testing, held in relatively cool conditions, so the teams will continue to make developments right up to and beyond the first race, which will obviously influence each car’s interaction with the tyres. From our point of view we are satisfied that the performance is within the parameters that we set, both in terms of speed and durability, although the construction as well as four of the compounds – with the exception of the ultrasoft, of course – are the same as last year.
With testing over, we now embark on a season that features the biggest shake-up of the tyre regulations in recent F1 history.”
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director [Read More!]
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04 March

Barcelona Test Two - Day Four


04 March 2016, Barcelona
Lewis & Nico wrap up successful second week of testing for the F1 W07 Hybrid

Date: Friday 04 March 2016
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (AM), Nico Rosberg (PM)
No of Laps: Lewis Hamilton 69, Nico Rosberg 70 [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test Report, 4 March 2016


Sahara Force India brought its pre-season testing programme to an end in Barcelona. Sergio Perez set the fourth fastest time of the session, completing 60 laps before an early stoppage.

Chassis: VJM09-02
Laps: 60 laps
Mileage: 279km
Best lap: 1:23.721 (P4)
[Read More!]
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY FOUR


Friday 4 March 2016

Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB12
Laps: 123
Best time: 1:24.427
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:22.852)
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Test two in Barcelona – Day four


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: Morning: sunny and dry, afternoon: sunny and dry;
air 10° – 17°C, track 11° – 26°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C35-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 132 laps, 614,46 km
Fastest lap: 1:25,031 (P9, soft tyres) [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test Two – Day Four


04.03.16
Driver: Felipe Massa
Chassis / Engine: FW38-02 / PU106C Hybrid
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 18ºC / 27ºC [Read More!]
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03 March


Barcelona Test Two - Day Three


03 March 2016, Barcelona
Pre-season setup work continues for Lewis and Nico in Barcelona

Date: Thursday 03 March 2016
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers: Nico Rosberg (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
No of Laps: Nico Rosberg 81, Lewis Hamilton 63
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Kilometres Covered: Nico Rosberg 377 km, Lewis Hamilton 293 km
Best Lap Time: Nico Rosberg 1:24.126, Lewis Hamilton 1:26.488 [Read More!]
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Test two in Barcelona – Day three


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 kmDriver: Felipe NasrWeather: Morning: sunny and dry/partly cloudy, afternoon: sunny and dry; air 10° – 15°C, track 18° – 31°CChassis / engine: Sauber C35-01 / FerrariLaps today: 116 laps, 539,98 kmFastest lap: 1:24,760 (P6, soft tyres) [Read More!]
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PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY THREE


Thursday 3 March 2016

Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Car: RB12
Laps: 121
Best time: 1:25.141
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: K. Räikkönen (1:22.765) [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test Report, 3 March 2016


Sahara Force India had another positive day in Barcelona as Nico Hulkenberg completed 137 laps, setting a time of 1:23.251. Sergio Perez will be back in the VJM09 tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing.

Chassis: VJM09-02
Laps: 137 laps
Mileage: 638km
Best lap: 1:23.251 (P3) [Read More!]
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Barcelona Test Two – Day Three


03.03.16

Driver: Felipe Massa
Chassis / Engine: FW38-02 / PU106C Hybrid
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 18ºC / 28ºC [Read More!]
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02 March


Barcelona Test Two - Day Two


02 March 2016, Barcelona
Lewis and Nico continue to double up on day two in Barcelona [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso Announced as Official Ambassador for the 2016 Grand Prix of Europe!


Baku City Circuit (BCC) is today delighted to announce two-time Formula 1 World Champion and current McLaren-Honda driver, Fernando Alonso, as the official ambassador for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE.
[Read More!]
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01 March


Test two in Barcelona – Day one


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Felipe Nasr
Weather: Morning: sunny and dry, afternoon: sunny and dry;air 7° – 20°C, track 10° – 29°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C35-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 103 laps, 479.465 km
Fastest lap: 1:25.493 min (P9, soft tyres)
[Read More!]
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Barcelona Test Two - Day One


01 March 2016, Barcelona
Productive opening day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue to rack up the mileage in the new Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid Silver Arrow [Read More!]
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