Australian GP (2015)
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Despite its best efforts, Manor failed to turn a wheel in Australia, leading to many raised eyebrows – and a stern rebuke from Bernie Ecclestone. The FIA cleared the team of any wrongdoing, but the story is not yet over, as Kate Walker explains.
Increase in performance confirms the data collected in pre-season testing.
Daniel Ricciardo: "In terms of where we need to improve, the main issue is the drivability and the power,"
Kevin Magnussen: "Finishing is a small victory for the team – I don’t think we expected to be able to do that."
Carlos Sainz: "I’m happy with my first race weekend, I feel that I’ve achieved all my objectives and I look forward to the next race in Malaysia"
Nico Hulkenberg racing to seventh place and Sergio Perez picking up the final point in tenth.
Pastor Maldonado was pitched into a spin from behind and Romain Grosjean suffered from a loss of power.
Felipe Nasr took the best finish position ever for a Brazilian driver in a Formula One's debut race.
The Brazilian driver, Felipe Massa, showed consistent pace to bring the car home with 12 points to start the 2015 season.
The result marks the 30th Formula One victory for the Silver Arrows
Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey says he is baffled by engine partner Renault's attitude after a disappointing start in Melbourne.
First blood goes to reigning world champion in Melbourne but his teammate vows to give him a “big run for his money”.
Mercedes team gets first 1-2 finish of the season, Vettel in third.
Two pit stops expected for the majority of runners tomorrow.
Kimi Raikkonen:: "We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”
Vijay Mallya: "To have Nico and Checo within a thousandth of a second of each other shows that they really pushed the car to its limit."
James Key: “What’s important to highlight from today is the fact that it was both Max and Carlos’ first ever Formula 1 qualifying session."
Daniil Kvyat's qualifying was compromised by a gearbox issue and he is 13th on the start grid for tomorrow's Australian GP
Romain Grosjean end up with the ninth fastest time, and Pastor tenth quickest.
Felipe Nasr just missed out on Q3 and was 11th on tomorrow's grid at Albert Park.
Jenson Button: “It’s going to be a really difficult race for us – we haven’t done a race distance yet, and my longest run is 12 laps..."
The FW37 looked competitive in each qualifying session and Felipe Massa put together an excellent final flying lap in Q3 to take a second row position.
Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg second at Albert Park
Both McLaren drivers start form the back.
Mercedes-powered cars lead the field, Felipe Massa in third.
Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg almost a second slower in last running before qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
Not a Mercedes 1-2 this time as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel joins the frontrunners.
The battle between driver and team intensified yesterday before simmering down today.
Maurizio Arrivabene: "I don’t want to talk about the past. We made changes, but I would like to thank the people that were there before."
Sebastian Vettel: “It looks like the hard work done during the winter, both on track and at the factory at Maranello, is paying off."
Eric Boullier: “There’s a neat circularity to the fact that McLaren-Honda starts its second era in the same country at which it ended its first."
Valtteri Bottas: "It was a very productive Friday; whilst Felipe was unlucky with a technical problem and lost some running."
Felipe Nasr: "Even from my side as well as on the car side, there is much we can do.”
There was progress between Giedo van der Garde and Sauber on Friday, but, as Adam Cooper explains, there is still a long way to go before the matter is closed.
The E23 has demonstrated promising potential during its first Grand Prix event outing of 2015.
Carlos Sainz: “I’m happy with today, I had been waiting for this day for a very long time and it was definitely a decent first day."
Nico Hülkenberg: "With almost 50 laps today I think we are quite well prepared going into the weekend."
Nico Rosberg topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis Hamilton in P2.
Daniel Ricciardo: "I’ve got to get these ants out of my pants now – I’m hanging out to drive!"