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Australian GP: thoughts on the start

With a new team on the front row and some fast cars at the back of the grid the 2009 F1 season looks set to get off to a thrilling start at Melbourne tomorrow. Will we see a first-corner pile-up? Will the KERS drivers have an advantage at the start? How many drivers will lose […]

Williams makes point with protest

Williams has withdrawn a protest against Ferrari and Red Bull Racing “in the interests of the sport”. It had protested that the pod wings on the front of the F60 and RB5 contravened the rules. After cancelling the protest it issued a statement saying (emphasis added):

Australian GP pictures: Qualifying

Pictures

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers during today’s qualifying session. If you’re in Melbourne for the Grand Prix this weekend you can share your pictures with us by uploading them to the F1 Fanatic drop.io.

Australian GP grid and race weights

More bad news for Brawn GP’s rivals: as well as having locked out the front row of the grid, they are also carrying more fuel than anyone Q1 apart from Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s strong qualifying position appears to have been partly fuel-assisted as he is the lightest driver on the grid. Before his exclusion, […]

Toyota drivers lose qualifying positions

Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start the Australian Grand prix from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying. The rear wings of their TF109s were found to be in contravention of the rules limiting how much they may flex. Glock and Trulli originally qualified sixth and eighth respectively. But […]

McLaren are slow – and unreliable too

Even when McLaren admitted their MP4-24 wasn’t on the pace there was still a suspicion that maybe, just maybe, they were having us on. But qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix proved not only that the new car is slow – it’s unreliable too. A disastrous combination for defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. The question […]

Jenson Button leads Brawn GP 1-2 (Australian Grand Prix qualifying)

A few weeks ago we had never heard of Brawn GP. Now the team that rose from the dead has sensationally locked out the front row of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix. Jenson Button took pole position – his first for three years – from Rubens Barrichello. Sebastien Vettel claimed third on the […]

F1 Rocks, apparently

F1 has announced a series of music events to be called “F1 Rocks”: Universal Music Group International and its JV company All The Worlds is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Formula One Administration Limited creating F1 ROCKS, a pioneering and electrifying new global entertainment platform. F1 ROCKS fuses the world?s most […]

Australian GP press conference: Friday

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Renault), S??bastien Burmi (Toro Rosso), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull) Q: How have the first official practice sessions been for you? Mark, can you give a rough run down of how it has been? Mark WEBBER: It didn?t go that well in the first session. We didn?t get that […]

Australian GP Pictures: Practice

Pictures

The first practice sessions at Melbourne gave us a chance to see the new F1 cars being driven in anger for the first time. Here’s a selection of pictures of each of the drivers getting to grips with the tricky new cars and the slippery Albert Park circuit this morning. If you’re in Melbourne for […]