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'Father comparisons never a problem'

Media playback is not supported on this device Mick Schumacher says he has no problem with being compared to his father – seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. Mick, 19, is embarking on his first season in Formula 2 this year, beginning in Bahrain on 29-31 March. “Being compared to my father was never a problem for me,” he ...

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Brawn hails excitement created by fastest lap point

Valtteri Bottas Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn believes that the return of a fastest lap bonus point proved its worth in the Rolex Australian Grand Prix. The practice of rewarding the fastest lap with an extra championship point, for driver and constructor, was a late addition to this year’s sporting regulations. At Albert Park, race winner Valtteri ...

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Mercedes boss puts Ferrari showing down to set-up mistake

The Mercedes lead at the start of the Australian Grand Prix Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has attributed Ferrari’s poor showing in the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix to a set-up issue rather than a deeper problem. Ferrari was rated highly after setting the pace for much of pre-season in Barcelona but put in a limp performance at Albert Park. ...

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Vettel lacked confidence in the car in Melbourne

Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel has admitted he didn’t have confidence in his car throughout the Australian Grand Prix as Ferrari were left powerless to fight Mercedes. A disappointing qualifying was the precursor to a similarly tough race that left Ferrari’s two cars fourth and fifth at the flag come Sunday afternoon. It was a result in stark contrast to the ...

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Ricciardo 50-50 on future Bathurst Supercar outing

Daniel Ricciardo swapped places with Rick Kelly at Calder Park Raceway Daniel Ricciardo has refused to rule out a possible Supercars outing at Bathurst once his Formula 1 career is over after enjoying a run in Rick Kelly’s Nissan Altima. The Renault F1 star has been a long-time admirer of Supercars having watched the category growing up in Perth before ...

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Have Ferrari designed themselves into a corner?

Formula 1 cars are fast. That is taken as read. But exactly how fast they are is perhaps not something people dwell on too often. To put it into perspective, Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time for last year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone – one minute 25.892 seconds – was 34 seconds faster than the lap record for a grand ...

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Bottas wins after Hamilton overtake

Valtteri Bottas dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after overtaking world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The Finn took the lead at the start from Hamilton, who made a slow getaway from pole position, and even took the new bonus point for the fastest lap. Hamilton was left far behind, and had to concentrate on holding off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ...

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'Bottas has made things interesting'

“I don’t know what just happened,” Valtteri Bottas said after winning the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with as dominant a drive as Formula 1 has seen for some time. Lewis Hamilton said he had “some ideas” about why he was 20 seconds behind his team-mate on a picture-perfect sunny afternoon in Melbourne’s Albert Park. But rare is the day when ...

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Leclerc will push me all season – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says his new Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc will push him hard throughout this season. Leclerc, who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen, was told to stay behind fourth-placed Vettel in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel said: “He’ll put a lot of pressure on me the whole season. “It will be very close. He is very talented. ...

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No more the wingman – Bottas in it to win it

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, is part of the BBC team and offers insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors What a difference a year makes. In 2018, Valtteri Bottas left Melbourne after the opening race of the season on the back foot. He had a big crash in ...

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