Sepang, March 29, 2015 – Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel took the first win for Ferrari since Spain in 2013 and his own first victory since Brazil in 2013, using a two-stop strategy in the hottest possible conditions and on very abrasive asphalt to finish in front of both Mercedes drivers. Vettel started on the P Zero White medium tyres and stopped for the mediums again on lap 17, finishing the race on the P Zero Orange hard compound from lap 37. His fourth victory in Malaysia – the 40th of his career – means that he is now the most successful driver in the history of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
March 29, 2015
Max Verstappen finished the Malaysian Grand Prix in seventh, with his team-mate Carlos Sainz right behind him in eighth, the Spaniard ensuring he has a 100% record for finishing in the points in his two race F1 career! While there was a feeling the first round in Melbourne had not been a thriller, today's 56 laps of the Sepang circuit produced an interesting race, an unexpected winner and 10 points for Scuderia Toro Rosso. In addition, at the age of 17 years 5 months and 27 days, Max Verstappen becomes the youngest F1 points scorer in history.
For Scuderia Ferrari, today’s win is the 222nd, the first since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel is now on 40 wins.
Maurizio Arrivabene: “This is no one-man win: it’s a success for the whole team, which has been working impeccably at all levels. Seb was just unbelievable today, and Kimi was able to put on a fantastic charge from the back. The whole team has showed a great deal of discipline, just like a Swiss watch-or should I say, an Italian one! Today, the whole team gave me great emotions and I wish to thank everybody, including the women and men back at the Maranello factory, for putting on an incredible effort over the last months, burning the midnight oil. Now we’ve got to be realistic, keep our feet on the ground and our concentration at a high level, because Mercedes is still a formidable contender. After the race our President Mr. Marchionne congratulated the whole team. He’s really one of us, he likes to stay away from the spotlight but still gives us a powerful contribution. And he’s a real Ferrari fan!”.
2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix - The Race
Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sunday 29 March 2015
The Manor Marussia F1 Team’s Roberto Merhi took his first chequered flag of the 2015 season at Sepang today, finishing the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in 15th place. In doing so he delivered not only a fantastic reward for the incredible hard work of the past few months, but also some valuable data with which to commence the 2015 development programme.
Romain spun out to dry whilst Pastor gets punctured and brakes down.
The second race of the 2015 Formula 1 season was another of unfulfilled promise for Lotus F1 Team with Romain Grosjean running as high as third but being tipped out of point-scoring potential, whilst Pastor Maldonado suffered from a puncture at the beginning of the race and a brake issue at the end.
“Able to mix it with the others”
Sepang International Circuit, Sunday March 29
Despite failing to get both cars to the flag, the Malaysian Grand Prix marked a significant step-up in performance for the whole McLaren-Honda team.
The two MP4-30s were the only cars to start the race on the Hard (Prime) tyres, but were able quickly to switch to the Medium (Option) when both boxed during an early Safety Car period. Jenson was delayed at his stop by an issue with the left-front, and was also hampered behind Manor’s Roberto Merhi, who failed to catch the cars in front ahead of the restart.
29 March 2015 Sepang
Double podium for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in enthralling Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit
Lewis and Nico claimed a second consecutive double podium today, finishing P2 and P3 respectively
Both drivers made clean starts to hold station in P1 / P3, only to then lose track position in the pits following the emergence of the Safety Car
All four Renault-powered cars finished in the points in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix. After 56 laps of hard-fought racing the two Scuderia Toro Rosso cars passed the flag in seventh and eighth, leading home the Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo, who finished ninth and tenth.
Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and Felipe Massa sixth in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix
After a poor start Valtteri benefited from an early safety car, as did Felipe, who at one stage was running in fourth position
A recovering Kimi Raikkonen jumped both drivers at the final of three pitstops as Felipe and Valtteri raced wheel-to-wheel to the end, swapping positions on the final lap
Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 29.03.2015
Weather: sunny and dry, 33-35°C air, 53-61°C track
After a quite a promising qualifying to the Malaysian Grand Prix on the Sepang International Circuit, the race ended in disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team: Felipe Nasr had to pit on lap two after he made contact with Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari. The mechanics had to fit a new nose to his car, and, as a result, his chances were significantly reduced. He finished in P12. Marcus Ericsson’s race ended on lap four, when he tried to overtake Nico Hülkenberg and got stuck in the gravel trap.
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 9th, Start Position: 5th
“We took the maximum out of the situation today. We are lacking some pace and need to catch up, I am confident that the team can do it; it’s a challenge and we have to face it with a strong mind. Fighting for P9 and P10 is not what we want, we struggled today and we need to work out why.”
And a mixed-weather afternoon
It was a rather eventful qualifying session for Lotus F1 Team with Romain Grosjean setting the eighth fastest time and Pastor Maldonado the twelfth in a mixed-weather afternoon at Sepang.
Both car progressed through a dry Q1 and were quickly readied for the dry start to Q2, with Romain getting in a clean lap before the rain started and Pastor falling just short of the time required to enter the top ten session.
March 28, 2015
Exciting Qualifying session, today in Sepang. Here our team and drivers' quotes...
Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:40.989, pos. 9th, 18 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:40.793, (Q2) 1:41.430, (Q3) 1:51.981, pos. 6th
"I'm very happy, it was a good session this afternoon, especially Q3. In Q1 and Q2 I wasn't totally comfortable with the car, but we had a good end of Q2. I was smiling when it started to rain, because that's what I like. I'm Dutch so I'm used to driving in the wet, even though here it's a completely different story. P6 is a really a good position to start tomorrow's race. I'm really looking forward to it and even if we seem to struggle a bit in the longer runs, I'm not worried and hopefully we can score some points."
2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Qualifying
STEP BY STEP
Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Saturday 28 March 2015
After a promising start to the weekend in yesterday’s free practice, we experienced a more challenging day at Sepang today. Will Stevens, whose pace had been within the 107% time throughout Friday’s running, suffered a fuel system problem in FP3, which we were unable to get on top of in time for qualifying and therefore he was unable to take part. Roberto completed two runs in Q1 and improved by over half a second from run to run, but his second lap was ultimately 0.4s shy of the 107% time.
28 March 2015
Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis and Nico take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix
Pole for Lewis today marks his 40th P1 grid slot in Formula One, his 14th for the Silver Arrows and third at the Malaysian Grand Prix
The result also marks the 250th front row start for Mercedes-Benz Power in Formula One
Both drivers successfully cleared the dry Q1 session with a single run on option tyres, with heavy rain early in Q2 bringing a delay of more than 30mins to proceedings
A dramatic top ten showdown in drying conditions then saw Lewis edge Sebastian Vettel into P2 by under a tenth, with Nico a fraction shy in P3
Felipe Massa qualified seventh and Valtteri Bottas ninth for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP
The end of Q2 was affected by heavy rain and thunderstorms but both drivers made it through into the top 10 shootout
Q3 was delayed due to the weather but once the rain subsided both drivers were on track on intermediate tyres for their final lap of the day
Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 28.03.2015
Weather: 3rd practice: sunny and dry, 33-35°C air, 58-62°C track
Qualifying: dry in the beginning; then heavy rain, 34-24°C air, 55-27°C track
In qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix the weather once again played an important role. Q1 was held in dry conditions, but in Q2 a tropical rain storm came, which meant the first laps were crucial. Marcus Ericsson put in a great performance and made it into Q3 with P10, while Felipe Nasr only missed out on Q2 by a narrow margin. He was 16th.
“Real progress is being made”
Sepang International Circuit, Saturday March 28
McLaren-Honda will start from 17th (Jenson Button) and 18th (Fernando Alonso) on the grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Both drivers did two runs apiece in the opening Q1 session. Jenson continued to shave tenths off his lap-times throughout the session, eventually finishing with a 1m41.636s best. By contrast, Fernando proved immediately quick, setting his fastest time of the session on his first flying lap, but failing to improve after fitting fresh tyres and having another go.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today it was simply a bad time to go out, we should have been out earlier. I did try to pass Ericsson but he was there trying to do his job; it’s not an unlucky situation but it was a mistake. Tomorrow we’ll try to climb some positions, for sure we have the speed but we are quite far from the front and when you start in this position is not going to be an easy race. Obviously there is going to be more risk in the first corner, but we’ll try to make the best out of it tomorrow.”
Saturday 28 March 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:40.590)
“We’ve always gone pretty well in the wet and there are still some things we can improve, but fourth is a good result for the team. The second row is a good starting position and we should hopefully have some battles tomorrow. We’re behind Mercedes and Ferrari, but we are ahead of the Williams and the conditions were tricky, so that’s good, step by step we are improving and heading in the right direction. Tyre degradation will be high, so it will probably be a three-stop race tomorrow. If we can finish in the top four, that will be good.
March 27, 2015
Over the course of Friday's 180 minutes of free practice, Carlos Sainz has already rattled off a race distance plus one lap, having completed 57 laps of the Sepang circuit. His Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate, Max Verstappen, did 53, having lost a bit of time in the morning session, with a puncture.
Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Friday 27 March 2015
STEVENS Chassis 02 FP1 P18 1:46.686 8 laps FP2 P19 1:45.704 12 laps
MERHI Chassis 03 FP1 P19 1:47.683 8 laps FP2 P20 1:47.229 6 laps
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we did all we were supposed to do. In the morning the feeling with the car was better, in the afternoon was a bit more tricky, we had some handling issues and some problems with the wind and the heat, but the laptime were not so bad. Unluckily we had red flag when we went out with new softer tyres.The car is still not perfect, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow. We have some work to do on the set up to make everything easier, but we’ll do our best and we’ll see where we end up in qualifying”.
27 March 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:42.055, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:40.346, Laps: 17
“We had a few small issues at the end of the session, but nothing too big and it looks better for us here; we got some good laps today. We are looking to make some steps overnight and we will keep working. There is definitely potential and things are looking better compared to Melbourne, we just need to keep working hard. The time sheets look good, but it’s Friday, so you can’t read much into that and it’s more important to see what happens tomorrow and Sunday. We will keep fighting!”
Objectives: Set-up work, aero evaluations and tyre work
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a really busy day for us today with plenty of experiments with the chassis and the power unit. We have made good progress in these areas both on low and high fuel. We have plenty to look at to be prepared for tomorrow. The cooling is so important as the temperatures are very high, but we have done a great job on this so we feel prepared.
Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 27.03.2015
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-35°C air, 39-61°C track
The Malaysian Grand Prix on the Sepang International Circuit started in extreme conditions with very high track temperatures of up to 61 degrees Celsius. Both Sauber C34-Ferraris ran without any major issues. However, there is still a lot of work to do to adapt to these hot conditions. For the first time the Sauber F1 Team test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello participated in an FP1 session at a Formula One Grand Prix. He quickly got used to the Sauber C34-Ferrari and the track, which were both new to him. He finished the session in P13.
27 March 2015
Mixed bag for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS on a hot and humid opening day at the Sepang International Circuit
Nico topped the times during the morning session, with Lewis claiming top spot in the afternoon
A failure on the Power Unit inlet system of his F1 W06 Hybrid brought Lewis to a halt on track after just four laps of the opening session
Fantastic work by the team ensured Lewis returned to the track for the final hour of running in the afternoon
Both drivers used the hard compound tyre only during the first session, the medium and hard in the second; setting their fastest time of the day on the medium
Following the injury that Valtteri sustained to his lower back during qualifying for the Australian GP, he has been with a leading physiotherapist who has been working with Valtteri and his trainer to make sure he received the best treatment possible ahead of this weekend’s race. The team has always been fully supportive of Valtteri and his determination to return to the cockpit and following final approval by the FIA medical team in Malaysia today, we are pleased to confirm that Valtteri will be back in the FW37 this weekend for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Malaysian Grand Prix Preview: Sepang, March 26-29, 2015
Milan, March 23, 2015 – The Malaysian Grand Prix: an abrasive surface with high heat and humidity makes this race a true test for drivers, cars and tyres. Nearly every afternoon there is an intense downpour, making it likely to see the Cinturato tyres in competitive action for the first time this year.
the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
All you need to know about Round 2 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 27-29 March…Location Sepang International Circuit…Debut race 1999…Number of laps 56…Circuit length 5.543 km…Race distance 310.408 km…Lap record 1:34.223 (J.P. Montoya 2004)…Left hand corners 5…Right hand corners 10…Race start time 15.00hrs local…Driver numbers Will 28 Roberto 98
Round 2 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, takes the Manor Marussia F1 Team to Malaysia for the first of four visits to the Far East over the coming season. The Sepang International Circuit represents an entirely different challenge for the teams and drivers after the parkland setting of the season-opener in Melbourne. This is one of the most demanding and technical circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, underpinned by a complex blend of high-speed straights and tighter twisting sections, which the drivers love. The fierce heat and humidity make for a challenging environment in the garage and in the cockpit, and a sudden downpour can radically change the landscape of the race in a matter of seconds.
Power Unit details
The ICE will be running at full throttle for around 60% of the lap. This is one of the higher percentages of the season, particularly when compared to Australia, which was around 55%. Monza is of course the highest of the year, with around 75% of the lap taken at full throttle.
“Melbourne was certainly a challenging weekend for us, but there were positives to take from it. A lot of our performance was largely unknown coming into the weekend given the limited running we had over winter testing. Despite our finishing position, getting to the chequered flag has meant that we’re now armed with much more data about our package and we can learn a huge amount from it.”
2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 27th to 29th March 2015
Hinwil, 23rd March 2015 – After a successful season opener in Melbourne, the Sauber F1 Team and its drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are looking forward to the Malaysian Grand Prix. The second round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 27th to 29th March on the Sepang International Circuit.
Fernando Alonso to return to the cockpit in Malaysia
McLaren-Honda is pleased to announce that, subject to a successful final FIA medical assessment this Thursday 26th March at the Sepang International Circuit, Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit of his MP4-30 car for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Since his Barcelona testing accident, Fernando has followed a rigorous, specialised training programme, designed and closely monitored by leading sports scientists, to ensure his safe and timely return to racing.
23 March 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Two, the Malaysian Grand Prix, held at the Sepang International Circuit
Australia was a great way to start. To pick up where we left off last year was awesome. But if 2014 showed anything, it's that putting together a whole season is never easy. Winning the first race is just one small step in a long journey and I'm not reading anything into it. The next step is Malaysia and that's all I've been focusing on since we left Melbourne. I can't wait to get back out there and I can't wait to get to Sepang. It's a great circuit, a home race for PETRONAS and a country I really enjoy going to. The people are so welcoming and the support we had there as a team last year was amazing. Of course, the race itself is really tough with the heat and humidity. But I feel ready for anything right now and the aim is to repeat last year's performance. It took me eight attempts to win this race when I finally made it to the top step last year and I don't plan on waiting that long again...
2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Preview
Sahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Vijay Mallya reflects on Melbourne and looks ahead to this weekend’s race in Malaysia.
“Starting our season in Melbourne with both cars in the points was the ideal way to open our 2015 account. Those seven points were an important reward for all the hard work of everyone in the team over the winter and give us something to build upon as we head for Malaysia.
How would you sum up your Australian GP weekend?
I think the first weekend was challenging, but we learnt many things. Also for me adapting to a new team was crucial. Of course, the race wasn’t as I would’ve liked but it happened this way and now I’m just looking forward to the challenges ahead. It’s good Malaysia is so soon. After Australia, I wanted to leave the weekend behind me as soon as possible and start focusing on Malaysia. We have good potential which we will be looking to use and hope to extract.
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – RACE REPORT
Melbourne, 15 March – “Forza Ferrari!:” the Italian accent might still need some work, but this was Sebastian Vettel’s happy radio message to the team on his slowing down lap, as he made it to the podium in his debut race for the Prancing Horse. It was the Scuderia’s first podium since Fernando Alonso finished second in last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix and it was Vettel’s first since a third place in Japan, also in 2014.
Melbourne, March 15, 2015 – Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton made a perfect start to his title defence by beating his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to record his second win in Australia and the 34th of his career. Both Mercedes drivers stopped once, starting on the soft tyre and then switching to the medium tyres on laps 25 and 26 respectively.
Melbourne, 15 March – Scuderia Ferrari secured a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix, courtesy of a third place for Sebastian Vettel, after the 58 laps of the first round of the season. Starting from fourth, the German finished behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen had to retire on lap 40, because of a problem during his second pit stop. There is now a two week break before the next round in Sepang over the weekend of 29th March.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo opened his points’ scoring account in today’s Australian Grand Prix. The Australian finished the first race of the year in sixth position. Team-mate Daniil Kvyat had a frustrating start to his season after he failed to start when a gearbox problem struck on the formation lap.
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s new recruits Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen enjoyed impressive debuts in Australia. After qualifying in seventh, Sainz secured his first points with ninth overall despite a long delay in a pit stop. Verstappen also looked set to score on his maiden race but a technical issue brought his race to a premature end.
Weather: sunny and dry, 17-19°C air, 29-38°C track
Fantastic start by the Sauber F1 Team into the new season: In the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne Felipe Nasr finished fifth, while his teammate Marcus Ericsson scrambled for eighth place. This result brought the team a total of 14 championship points.
15 March 2015, Melbourne
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicks off the 2015 season in style with a 1-2 finish at the Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took his 34th career victory at Albert Park - his second in Australia and 13th for the Silver Arrows
Nico Rosberg took second position after a race-long chase, finishing just 1.3 seconds shy of his team-mate
The result marks the 30th Formula One victory for the Silver Arrows
Both drivers ran a one stop strategy, pitting for prime tyres on lap 25 (Lewis) and 26 (Nico)
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 6th, Start Position: 7th
“It wasn’t the most exciting race. After the start I was able to stay with Nasr, but I wasn’t able to get close enough to make the move. We finished the race and got some points which was positive, and there are things we can learn; I think on paper sixth was the best for us today. It was a shame for Dany, I feel for him I hope we have a smoother weekend in Malaysia. In terms of where we need to improve, the main issue is the drivability and the power, there are pretty big chunks that we know we need to find there. Beyond that it’s hard, as with the chassis itself I don’t think we’ve really been able to test it to its limits yet due to the other issues we’ve had. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we have got a lot of information from this weekend which will help us ahead of Malaysia.”
Felipe Massa finished fourth in today’s Australian Grand Prix
Starting in third and opting for a one-stop strategy, Felipe lost a place to the Ferrari of Vettel after being jumped at the first pitstop, but after that showed consistent pace to bring the car home with 12 points to start the 2015 season.
Valtteri Bottas was unable to race following a lower back injury sustained during qualifying. Following an evaluation by the FIA’s medical team and following a series of tests the FIA Medical Delegate deemed him unfit to take part in today’s race.
Statement from Williams: Update on Valtteri Bottas
Following the team’s earlier statement regarding the injury that Valtteri sustained to his lower back during yesterday’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix. It can be confirmed that the scans revealed that Valtteri had suffered has a very small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back.
Valtteri has since been evaluated by the FIA’s medical team and following a series of tests the FIA Medical Delegate has deemed Valtteri unfit to take part in this afternoon’s race. The team respect the FIA’s decision and will now work with Valtteri ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix to ensure he receives the treatment required to get him back to full fitness.
Statement from Williams: Update on Valtteri Bottas
During yesterday’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas developed a back injury which the team felt necessary to be examined by the FIA Medical Delegate at the circuit. Following this, he was transferred to Albert Hospital in Melbourne for further precautionary scans which revealed that Valtteri had sustained some soft tissue damage in his lower back. He remained in hospital overnight and following a restful night is now working with a physiotherapist prior to final assessment by the FIA in the early afternoon to determine whether he will be able to race later today. The team will release a further update as information is available.
Melbourne, March 14, 2015 – Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix from his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, which is up to 1.4 seconds faster than the P Zero White medium also nominated for the first race of 2015. Hamilton now becomes the most successful driver in the history of qualifying at Melbourne, with four pole positions at the circuit. Since 2005, the race has been won from pole six times, while the lowest placing from which the grand prix has ever been won is seventh.
Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne, 14th March 2015
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the first race of the year from the second and third rows of the grid. Dominating today’s qualifying at Melbourne’s Albert Park was the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.26.327,) with the top three completed by the Englishman’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg (1.26.921) and Felipe Massa for Williams (1.27.718.) Vettel was fourth in his SF15-T, posting a 1.27.757, followed by Raikkonen who did a 1.27.790.
Felipe Massa qualified third and Valtteri Bottas sixth for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.
The FW37 looked competitive in each qualifying session and Felipe put together an excellent final flying lap in Q3 to take a second row position.
Valtteri developed a back injury during qualifying which hindered his ability to get the most out of the car and had to settle for P6. He has subsequently been taken to the Alfred Hospital for precautionary checks.
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 20-30°C air, 27-47°C track
The first qualifying of the new season went well for the Sauber F1 Team in Melbourne. On the Albert Park circuit Felipe Nasr just missed out on Q3 and was 11th. Marcus Ericsson didn’t feel confident in the car and finished 16th.
Saturday 14 March 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7th, (3rd Practice – P15, 1:32.185)
“We made progress through the session which is promising, it was so good to feel the car for once and push it properly. I think seventh is where we are now and I’m happy we achieved that as the weekend hasn’t gone well until now and qualifying was the first time I used the soft tyre. The drivability has been tricky; we suffered a bit this time last year, but there are a few more issues this year which weren’t expected, but it’s how it is and we need to try and sort it out. I’m really happy with seventh as realistically that’s the best we could have done today. The progress we made through qualifying is real and hopefully we can carry that on for the race.”
2015 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Sahara Force India will line up in P14 and P15 for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg ending today’s qualifying session in P14, just one thousandth of a second ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
14 March 2015, Melbourne
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS claimed a front-row lockout for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg second at Albert Park
Pole position for Lewis marks the 39th of his career and his 4th at the Australian Grand Prix
The result also marks the 36th Formula One pole position for the Silver Arrows and the 20th front row lockout for Mercedes-Benz
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – MELBOURNE, 13TH MARCH 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a typical Friday of free practice. In the first session I could not drive very well and it was difficult to put a good lap together. So, for the second session, we made some changes to the car before the long-runs and, in the end, the feeling was better. Now if we can put everything together and find a good lap, we should be OK. It was a positive day overall, and the feeling hasn’t changed since winter testing: I think the whole package has improved. On the other hand, it’s only Friday, and we know we still have a lot of work to do”.
Power Unit details
Albert Park is one of the toughest circuits of the year for the ICE due to the short bursts of acceleration between turns.
There are 10 periods of acceleration over the lap where the car will go from approximately 150kph to just under 300kph in less than three seconds. The ICE will accordingly go from 9,000rpm to 13,000rpm over these distances.
“Melbourne means the same thing every year: racing! After a long winter of preparation, it’s always good to see the lights go out and get the season underway. It’ll be fascinating to see how we stack up against the opposition.”
“Although the circumstances are not ideal, I’m thrilled to be racing in Australia. It’s a race that I have fond memories of from last year and I’m excited to see what the MP4-30 can do around Albert Park. The car felt a step forward from last year when I drove it in testing.”
ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE
ROUND 1 OF 20
The traditional season-opener at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne is a fitting place to start the 2015 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 Formula One after a busy winter. Williams has won in Australia once, back in 1996, and after a very promising 2014 campaign the team will be looking to make a strong start to the season and signal its intent once again.
2015 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix Preview
Sahara Force India looks forward to the opening round of the 2015 season in Albert Park, Melbourne.
Team Principal Vijay Mallya looks ahead to the start of the new season.
Vijay Mallya: “It’s great to get back to the racing. Melbourne in March is the perfect place to begin the season and one of my favourite cities. It’s also where the Force India story began eight years ago when we lined up on the starting grid of Albert Park for the very first time. Eight years and 131 races later, I feel very proud of the journey we’ve taken to establish our position in Formula One. [Read More!]
What are you most looking forward to when you get off the plane in Australia?
“The fresh air. I love going home and the fresh air really gives me that home feeling. I spend so much time now away from Australia, that anywhere in Oz feels like home really. It’s the cars, the accent, the food and the weather.”