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12-15 MARCH 2015

Mercedes make F1 pledge

Mercedes GP have put a disappointing season behind them by committing to a long-term future in Formula One.

Despite finishing fourth in the constructors' championship in 2010, the result was seen as a disappointment with neither Michael Schumacher nor Nico Rosberg able to consistently challenge for podium positions.

But parent company Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche believes that the team will only improve and maintained they were committed for the long haul.

Format shake-up for V8 Supercars Albert Park 400

Qualifying spiced for Albert Park with a draw that will flip the field and make drivers fight harder for victory …

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation and V8 Supercars have announced some extra spice for the V8 Supercar races at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix later this month.

A draw will be held after qualifying that will see a selection of the field inverted prior to the Top 10 Shootout, jumbling the field and creating the potential for any car that qualifies in the top 20 as being able to move through into the Shootout.

Alonso happy with 2010

Fernando Alonso is proud of his efforts during his first season in Ferrari colours, despite falling short in the Formula One title race.

Alonso, 29, joined the famous Italian team after one unhappy year with McLaren and a fruitless second spell with Renault, the team with which he won two world championships in 2005 and 2006.

The Spaniard finished second in the drivers' standings to eventual title winner Sebastian Vettel in 2010, but Alonso believes the team deserve credit for staying in the hunt throughout the season.

Vettel relishing homecoming

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel is looking forward to celebrating his crown with his German fans this weekend.

Vettel won the 2010 Formula One drivers world championship in a dramatic final race in Abu Dhabi on November 14 and, after completing post-season testing and celebrations in Austria and England, the German is about to celebrate with his compatriots.

He is expected to drive a Red Bull car - the team he won the title with - down Berlin's 'Fan Mile' towards the iconic Brandenburg Gate on Saturday.

Alonso sets pace in testing

Fernando Alonso was fastest around Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit as tyre manufacturer Pirelli concluded their first team tests.

The Italian company is returning to Formula One next year as the sole tyre supplier, following the withdrawal of Japanese firm Bridgestone, and each of the 12 teams were given access to two sets of Pirelli's medium and soft tyres for testing.

Ferrari led the way with Fernando Alonso clocking a time of one minute 40.529 seconds as the Spaniard completed 105 laps.

Webber had broken shoulder

Mark Webber has revealed he fractured a shoulder when he was within sight of clinching this year's Formula One world title.

Webber sustained the injury with four grands prix remaining, at that stage holding an 11-point lead over Fernando Alonso, while he was 21 clear of Red Bull team-mate and eventual champion Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton eyes big 2011

After finishing the Formula One season fourth on the drivers' standings, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a bigger and better 2011.

German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed his maiden world title on Sunday with victory in Abu Dhabi, meaning Hamilton lost his mantle as the youngest ever Formula One world champion.

Vettel was 23 years and four months old on Sunday, five months younger than Hamilton was when he clinched his first and only world championship in Brazil in 2008.

Red Bull set bar high

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is aiming for a repeat performance from his team in the 2011 Formula One World Championship.

The Austrian racing team secured its first team and individual titles last season, with German Sebastian Vettel claiming the drivers' championship.

Horner knows consecutive titles will be hard to come by, but that is not stopping the 37-year-old Englishman from setting the bar high.

"It's obviously the target," Horner said, referring to a successful defence of Vettel's crown.

Massa tops testing

Felipe Massa finished fastest on the first day of the Pirelli tyre test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Ferrari driver topped the timesheets after 94 laps on tyres provided by the Italian manufacturer, who will replace Bridgestone as F1 sole tyre supplier from the start of next season.

All 12 F1 teams were in attendance at the circuit for the start of the two-day test session, and the top of the order soon took on a familiar look with Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren setting the pace.

Two Winners in China as Webber Produces Drive of his Career

Lewis Hamilton may have won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix for McLaren but Australia’s Mark Webber produced the drive of the day – the drive of a lifetime – to come from 18th on the starting grid, take third place and secure a double podium finish for Red Bull.

Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who started from his third pole position of the year, led late in the 56-lap race but as the World Champion’s tyres fell away he had no answer to Hamilton and had to settle for second.


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