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Football chief interested in grand prix job

Paul Little, chairman of the Essendon Football Club, has expressed interest in becoming the head of the Australian Grand Prix.

Why the feel-good factor deserted Manor's resurrection

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.

Mercedes hits back at Red Bull criticism

Mercedes chiefs have lashed back at those calling for immediate rule changes after the opening race of 2015.

Lewis Hamilton wins race of attrition with a one-stop strategy

Increase in performance confirms the data collected in pre-season testing.

Despite Ricciardo points, a frustrating grand prix for Red Bull in Australia

Daniel Ricciardo: "In terms of where we need to improve, the main issue is the drivability and the power,"

McLaren-Honda's Button completes 56 laps and finish the race at Albert Park

Kevin Magnussen: "Finishing is a small victory for the team – I don’t think we expected to be able to do that."

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz scores first points on debut F1 race in Australia

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"

Sahara Force India scored seven points in today’s season-opening Australian GP

Nico Hulkenberg racing to seventh place and Sergio Perez picking up the final point in tenth.

Lotus: Both cars out of the race by the end of the first lap at Albert Park

Pastor Maldonado was pitched into a spin from behind and Romain Grosjean suffered from a loss of power.

Sebastian Vettel: "Forza Ferrari!"

It was the first podium for Ferrari since Fernando Alonso finished second in last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix and it was Vettel’s first since a third place in Japan, also in 2014.

Sauber big relief: Nasr 5th, Ericsson 8th in Australia

Felipe Nasr took the best finish position ever for a Brazilian driver in a Formula One's debut race.

Red Bull urges FIA to act on Mercedes domination

Team principal Christian Horner believes the FIA should step in for the sake of the sport's "best interest" – otherwise he rules out his squad from contending for the title.

Williams' Massa finishes fourth in today’s Australian GP

The Brazilian driver, Felipe Massa, showed consistent pace to bring the car home with 12 points to start the 2015 season.

Massa concedes Ferrari faster than Williams

Felipe Massa conceded Ferrari is faster than Williams after losing out to Sebastian Vettel in their fight for a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP: Post-race press conference

With Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Hamilton leads dominant Mercedes 1-2

World champion Lewis Hamilton began his title defence in perfect style with a controlled drive to victory in the Australian Grand Prix.

Manor escapes penalty after FIA review

Formula One's ruling, the FIA, has decided no action was needed after reviewing the Manor team's efforts to compete in the Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren treated race as a test session

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team treated the Australian Grand Prix as a test session after a difficult winter.

Newey sees "no light at the end of the tunnel" with Renault

Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey says he is baffled by engine partner Renault's attitude after a disappointing start in Melbourne.

Sauber "relieved" after difficult weekend

Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted she was very relieved after her drivers scored points in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari delighted with Vettel podium

Sebastian Vettel labeled his podium finish on his Ferrari debut in the Australian Grand Prix as “a very big honour”.

Rosberg admits Hamilton “drove like a world champion”

First blood goes to reigning world champion in Melbourne but his teammate vows to give him a “big run for his money”.

Australian GP race results: Hamilton reigns in the season opening race

Mercedes team gets first 1-2 finish of the season, Vettel in third.

Pirelli: Lewis Hamilton claims pole on P Zero soft tyres

Two pit stops expected for the majority of runners tomorrow.

Second and third rows of the grid for Ferrari drivers on tomorrow's Australian GP

Kimi Raikkonen:: "We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”

Sahara Force India will line up in P14 and P15 for tomorrow’s Australian GP

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."

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz will start his first ever F1 race from P8

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."

Red Bull's Ricciardo through to Q3 and qualify 7th at Albert Park

Daniil Kvyat's qualifying was compromised by a gearbox issue and he is 13th on the start grid for tomorrow's Australian GP

Grosjean and Maldonado will start tomorrow’s Australian GP from top ten grid positions

Romain Grosjean end up with the ninth fastest time, and Pastor tenth quickest.

Sauber confirm positive impressions from winter tests on qualifying for the Australian GP

Felipe Nasr just missed out on Q3 and was 11th on tomorrow's grid at Albert Park.

No surprises for McLaren-Honda on qualifying for the Australian GP

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..."

Massa qualified third and Bottas sixth for tomorrow’s Australian GP

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.

Mercedes margin bigger than expected - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Lewis Hamilton's qualifying pace in Melbourne exceeded even the team's expectations.

Australian GP: Qualifying press conference

With Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Williams).

Hamilton storms to Australian GP pole

World champion Lewis Hamilton secured the first pole position of the 2015 Formula One season with a commanding performance in Saturday's qualifying.

Rosberg says gap to Hamilton not significant

Nico Rosberg has played down the big gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Manor will not race in Australia

The Manor Formula One team will not compete in the Australian Grand Prix after failing to run in qualifying.

Ricciardo says seventh was the maximum for him

Daniel Ricciardo says he feels like he extracted the maximum from his Red Bull despite qualifying down in seventh place for the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP qualifying results: Hamilton clinches pole

Mercedes-powered cars lead the field, Felipe Massa in third.

Lewis Hamilton dominates final F1 practice session in Melbourne

Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg almost a second slower in last running before qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian Grand Prix FP3 results: Hamilton back on top

Not a Mercedes 1-2 this time as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel joins the frontrunners.

Van der Garde and Sauber reach agreement, action for contempt of court withdrawn

The battle between driver and team intensified yesterday before simmering down today.

Ricciardo forced to use second engine

Daniel Ricciardo says he has no concerns for Saturday despite needing a new engine after the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Maurizio Arrivabene: “My biggest challenge”

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."

Ferrari: No problems on Friday practice sessions for the Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel: “It looks like the hard work done during the winter, both on track and at the factory at Maranello, is paying off."

A difficult Friday practice for McLaren in Australia

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."

Williams has a productive Friday practice for the Australian GP

Valtteri Bottas: "It was a very productive Friday; whilst Felipe was unlucky with a technical problem and lost some running."

Sauber has a shortened Friday practice in Australia

Felipe Nasr: "Even from my side as well as on the car side, there is much we can do.”

Can Sauber and van der Garde do a deal by Saturday?

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.

Lotus is all top ten on Friday practice at Albert Park

The E23 has demonstrated promising potential during its first Grand Prix event outing of 2015.

A pretty good Friday overall for both Toro Rosso drivers

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."

Hulkenberg and Perez completed busy programmes on Friday practice for the Australian GP

Nico Hülkenberg: "With almost 50 laps today I think we are quite well prepared going into the weekend."

Mercedes kicked off the 2015 season at the top of the timesheets at Albert Park

Nico Rosberg topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis Hamilton in P2.

Only a few laps is not enough for Ricciardo in Australia

Daniel Ricciardo: "I’ve got to get these ants out of my pants now – I’m hanging out to drive!"

Manor unsure about when it will run

The Manor Formula One team is still unsure about when it will be able to take to the track after missing both Friday practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.

Magnussen takes blame for FP2 crash

Kevin Magnussen took full blame for his accident during second practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian GP: Friday press conference

Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Eric Boullier (Mclaren), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Claire Williams (Williams), Graeme Lowdon (Manor Marussia)