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Haas "annoyed with missed opportunity" after Australia

Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner admits he was "annoyed" to be leaving the first race of F1 2017 empty-handed after the team had scored its best-ever qualifying result.

Massa column: Mercedes still quicker, but Ferrari can be champions

In his first column of the 2017 Formula 1 season, Williams driver Felipe Massa recounts his first race since postponing his retirement - and talks about the state of play among the sport's frontrunners.

Sauber "very surprised" by Giovinazzi F1 debut performance

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says the team was “very surprised” with the quality of last-minute debutant Antonio Giovinazzi’s performance in the Australian Grand Prix.

F1 overtaking will be better at other tracks, says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas thinks it is wrong to claim that Formula 1’s 2017 cars have now made overtaking impossible, as he insists some tracks will throw up good racing this year.

Tech analysis: Alonso debuts new McLaren front wing

While both McLaren drivers had numerous updates on their MCL32s in Melbourne, Fernando Alonso was the only one to run the new front wing, partially explaining the delta to his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne. 

Vandoorne: McLaren's troubles make it "difficult" to impress

Formula 1 rookie Stoffel Vandoorne has admitted it is difficult for him to show what he is capable of while McLaren-Honda remains not competitive.

Sauber slams "awful and appalling" Wehrlein criticism

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has labelled criticism of Pascal Wehrlein's decision to withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix on fitness grounds "awful" and "appalling".

Alonso says no time for 'coffee break' with new F1 cars

Formula 1 drivers can no longer afford a 'coffee break' to react to errors, claims Fernando Alonso, with the new generation of cars demanding an instant response to avoid crashes.

Vandoorne column: The focus was just on finishing

In his latest column for, McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne reflects on a challenging season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Five things we learned from the Australian GP

We got some answers to some big questions in Melbourne, and while the Australian Grand Prix wasn’t a classic in terms of the racing, it did offer up some major talking points…

Sainz wants to sort handling issues after "weird" Australian GP

Carlos Sainz says Toro Rosso needs to address the handling of its Formula 1 car for the Chinese Grand Prix after lacking confidence in a "weird" Melbourne season opener.

Overtaking "almost impossible" during Australian GP

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg described overtaking as "almost impossible" in the Australian Grand Prix, as the first race with Formula 1's new cars left several drivers concerned.

Bottas thinks he's made a "good start" to Mercedes career

Valtteri Bottas believes his run to third in the Australian Grand Prix was a "decent start" to his Mercedes career – and the Finn insists that there's more to come.

Race analysis: How Hamilton's early stop lost him the Australian GP

Ferrari put Mercedes under an external pressure the triple world champion team isn’t necessarily used to in Melbourne – and a bad call at the wrong time in the Mercedes garage helped Sebastian Vettel to victory.

Mercedes promises immediate response to Ferrari defeat

The Mercedes F1 team has promised an immediate response to its Australian Grand Prix defeat, as it launches a detailed analysis in to how it was beaten by Ferrari.

Australian GP: Issue #4 of GP Gazette now online

Read issue four of GP Gazette, from the makers of, an in-depth eMagazine recounting the F1 season-opening Australian GP.

Giovinazzi admits he was too conservative on F1 debut

Sauber Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovinazzi says a lack of experience with low-degradation tyres led to him taking it unnecessarily easy during the second stint of the Australian GP.

Hamilton urges Mercedes improvement on tyre usage

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has identified tyre usage as an area it needs to improve on with its car, after losing out to Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix.

Whiting explains reason for aborted start

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has revealed that he aborted the first start of the Australian Grand Prix because he was uncertain that it was safe to proceed after a marshal had triggered a warning light.

Australian GP: Sunday's Press Conference

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Vettel: I got lucky with Verstappen

Sebastian Vettel admitted he got a "bit lucky" with traffic in the Australian Grand Prix, after Max Verstappen held up rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen surprised by Red Bull race pace

Max Verstappen says he was surprised that he was able to keep up with the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the Australian Grand Prix, after qualifying suggested that Red Bull would struggle to take the fight to the cars ahead.

Raikkonen blames understeer for poor Australian GP showing

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen says understeer in the opening stint was the reason behind his disappointing performance in the F1 2017 opener in Melbourne.

Mercedes: Australia defeat down to Ferrari pace, not strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff believes Sebastian Vettel’s victory in the Australian Grand Prix was down to the Ferrari having a pace advantage rather than a strategic error from the Silver Arrows.