NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MARCH 2011

BUTTON TUNES UP WITH A TRIATHLON

Jenson Button headed for Hawaii after the Australian GP, where he is due to compete in a triathlon this coming weekend, along with about 900 entrants.

FERNANDES RECEIVES CBE FROM THE QUEEN

Air Asia, Tune Group and Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has today received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London today.

30 MARCH 2011

HAMILTON UNHAPPY ABOUT RED BULL FRONT WING

Red Bull Racing's front wing is again the subject of controversy as Lewis Hamilton suggested that the team is exploiting a loophole in the regulations that everyone will have to copy.

SAUBER DECIDES AGAINST APPEAL

Sauber has elected not to appeal against the disqualifications of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi from seventh and eighth places in the Australian GP.

29 MARCH 2011

MERCEDES EXPLAINS PROBLEMATIC MELBOURNE

Mercedes believes that its disappointing start to the 2011 season in Melbourne was due to specific circumstances, which included aerodynamic and set-up issues.

27 MARCH 2011

RACE REPORT - FIRST BLOOD TO VETTEL

Australian GP - Race Report

SUNDAY PHOTOS (UPDATED)

Australian GP - Sunday Photos

RACE RESULTS (REVISED)

Australian GP - Race Results

SAUBER APPEALS DISQUALIFICATION

Sauber will appeal the disqualification of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi from their respective seventh and eighth places in the Australian Grad Prix.

SAUBERS DISQUALIFIED

The FIA has announced that the two Sauber-Ferrari's have been disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix results because the top element of the rear wing was found to not conform with the rules.

BUTTON ROBBED IN MELBOURNE?

After a difficult winter McLaren went away from the Australian GP delighted that Lewis Hamilton finished a strong second in a car that demonstrated genuine pace, but frustrated that a stewards decision robbed them of a double podium finish.

RACE NOTES - VETTEL WINS AUSTRALIAN GP

Australian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Australian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Australian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

FERRARI EXPECTING STRONGER RACE SHOWING

After a strong showing in winter testing, qualifying in Melbourne, with a deficit of almost a second and a half to Sebastian Vettel's pole time, was less than Ferrari was expecting - Tony Dodgins heard from technical director Aldo Costa post-qualifying.

26 MARCH 2011

ANALYSIS: RED BULL'S LACK OF KERS

One of the most intriguing aspects of qualifying was Red Bull's non-use of KERS. The on-screen graphics used by FOM revealed that neither pole position man Sebastian Vettel nor Red Bull racing team mate Mark Webber had made use of the KERS on the way to qualifying first and third for the Australian GP.

QUALIFYING REPORT - VETTEL TAKES STUNNING MELBOURNE POLE

Australian GP - Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Australian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Australian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Australian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Australian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - VETTEL LAYS DOWN MARKER AHEAD OF MELBOURNE QUALIFYING

Australian GP - Practice 3 Report

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Australian GP - Practice 3 Results

25 MARCH 2011

DRIVERS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY PIRELLI WEAR

Both world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull racing team mate Mark Webber found that tyre wear was not as severe as expected in Melbourne on the opening day of the new season.

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - BUTTON TOPS OPENING DAY IN MELBOURNE

Australian GP - Practice 2 Report

ANALYSIS: A DIFFERENT SCHUMACHER IN 2011?

There was a perceptible difference in the Michael Schumacher that greeted the motor racing media ahead of the F1 season-opening 2011 race in Melbourne on Sunday.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Australian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Australian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Australian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Australian GP - Practice 2 Results

HRT BATTLING TO GET OUT IN FP2

Hispania Racing Team did not contest the opening session of free practice at the Australian GP as the team is still completing its car build.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - WEBBER QUICKEST IN MELBOURNE FIRST SESSION

Australian GP - Practice 1 Report

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Australian GP - Practice 1 Results

24 MARCH 2011

BUTTON EXPLAINS TYRE DILEMMA

Jenson Button has outlined some of the tyre issues that will drive tactics in this weekend's Melbourne F1 season-opener and has predicted a race that could go down to the last corner because teams don't yet understand how the Pirelli tyres will be under race conditions.

BERNIE TAKES ANOTHER SHOT AT FIA

Bernie Ecclestone has again criticised the direction taken by the FIA and president Jean Todt over the future F1 engine regulations and, now, the governing body's role.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Australian GP - Thursday Press Conference

23 MARCH 2011

BUTTON ENJOYS PANORAMIC VIEW

Jenson Button wowed Australian race fans, of whom more than 10,000 turned up to witness him drive a McLaren MP4-23 - the car that team mate Lewis Hamilton took to the '08 world championship - around Australia's best known race circuit, Bathurst.

ECCLESTONE NOT GIVING UP ON ARTIFICIAL RAIN

Bernie Ecclestone says that his idea of introducing sprinklers on certain circuits to simulate rain and spice up F1 races is not dead, but gaining support.

YAMAMOTO SIGNS VIRGIN DEAL

Sakon Yamamoto is to be reserve driver at Virgin Racing for the first three races of the season, in Melbourne, Sepang and Shanghai.

22 MARCH 2011

ECCLESTONE HITS NEW YORK!

Instead of flying to the season-opening Australian GP, F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone is headed for New York City and a meeting with mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss a possible race on Staten Island.

MCLAREN BINS TRICK EXHAUST

McLaren will go to the first Grand Prix in Melbourne with a heavily revised MP4-26 car that it hopes will find a second a lap in performance after a problematic round of pre-season testing in Spain.

CHANDHOK SECURES LOTUS RESERVE SEAT

Karun Chandhok has been confirmed as Team Lotus reserve driver for 2011. The 27-year-old Indian joins Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen at Lotus and will make his first appearance in the car in Friday practice in Melbourne.

21 MARCH 2011

FERNANDES AND HUNT DO BATTLE AS LOTUS CASE BEGINS

As the dispute over the right to use the Lotus name in Formula 1 began today in London's High Court, it seems that there is also an internal dispute on the Team Lotus side, between team owner Tony Fernandes and David Hunt, from whom Fernandes claimed he had bought the rights to Team Lotus.

18 MARCH 2011

ANALYSIS: BERNIE AGAINST SMALL CAPACITY TURBOS

News that Bernie Ecclestone is at "at loggerheads" with FIA president Jean Todt over the move to small capacity turbocharged engines in 2013 is interesting.

PIRELLI UNVEILS IT'S COLOURS

In the lead up to next weekend's Australian Grand Prix, Pirelli has announced the different colour markings that will identify the different types of tyres being used in Formula 1 during the 2011 season.

17 MARCH 2011

SCHUMACHER READY TO DEFY MOSS

Despite Stirling Moss being quoted saying he does not believe Michael Schumacher can win grands prix anymore, the seven times champion himself begs to differ.

SHELL SPONSORS BELGIAN GP

Shell has announced that it will become the official title sponsor of the Belgian GP, in addition to it's major sponsorship of the Ferrari team.

16 MARCH 2011

ECCLESTONE TALKS UP AUSTRALIA

Despite recent proclamations from politicians in Melbourne that the cost of the Australian Grand Prix is too high, F1 commerical supremo Bernie Ecclestone has told Australian media that he would hate to lose the race.

BAHRAIN SITUATION DETERIORATES

With Bahrain declaring a state of emergency, it now looks highly unlikely that the cancelled season-opening F1 race will be rescheduled in 2011.

15 MARCH 2011

Q&A WITH CHARLIE WHITING

The FIA has released a Q&A with Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting, explaining the new rule changes for the upcoming season.

WILL HAMILTON LOOK TO RED BULL?

The news that Lewis Hamilton has inked a management deal with Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment Group has heightened speculation that he may be considering a future away from McLaren Mercedes.

SAUBER'S JAMES KEY: WE WILL SEE COMPLICATED AND DETAILED STRATEGY

Sauber technical director James Key echoed the sentiments of Ross Brawn when he said we can expect to see much more complex race strategies throughout the 2011 season.

14 MARCH 2011

BARRICHELLO TARGETS Q3 AND POINTS IN AUSTRALIA

Rubens Barrichello, F1's most experienced man heads into an amazing 19th full season of F1. He's seen most things and took time out to talk about the new Williams FW33 and some of the issues that will be key in 2011.

VETTEL SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH RED BULL THROUGH 2014

Red Bull Racing has announced that it has reached an agreement with World Champion Sebastian Vettel to stay with the team through 2014.

12 MARCH 2011

RAIN WASHES OUT FINAL DAY OF F1 TESTING

The final day of pre-season F1 testing in Barcelona was washed out by heavy rain, with only three drivers setting times.

BARCELONA, DAY 5 QUOTES

Team quotes from the final day of testing in Barcelona.

11 MARCH 2011

ANALYSIS: SCHUMACHER GOES QUICKEST IN BARCELONA

On the first day with the full upgrade package on the new MGP W02, Mercedes and Michael Schumacher recorded the fastest lap (1:21.268) seen thus far in F1 winter testing at Barcelona.

BARCELONA, DAY 4 QUOTES

Team quotes from the fourth day of testing in Barcelona.

LOTUS ANNOUNCE TEST DRIVERS

Team Lotus has announced today that Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia and Ricardo Teixeira will serve as the team's test and reserve drivers for the 2011 season.

HRT LAUNCHES F111

The Hispania Racing team is the final F1 operation to launch their 2011 chassis at Barcelona this morning, unveiling the F111.

RED CARD FOR RON'S DRIVING LICENCE

A year on from Lewis Hamilton's 'hooning' episode in Melbourne, McLaren chairman Ron Dennis has been banned from driving in the UK.

MALDONADO TARGETS POINTS IN MELBOURNE

Despite Williams KERS problems early in the testing week at Barcelona, F1 rookie Pastor Maldonado is getting to grips with life in the sport's top echelon. He took time out to give his thoughts ahead of the Melbourne season opener.

10 MARCH 2011

ROOKIE PEREZ ON TOP IN BARCELONA

Sauber's Mexican rookie Sergio Perez set the quickest time of the pre-season Barcelona test's third day when he lapped the Ferrari-powered C30.

BARCELONA, DAY 3 QUOTES

Team quotes from the third day of testing in Barcelona.

9 MARCH 2011

VETTEL PICKS UP WHERE WEBBER LEFT OFF

Red Bull Racing underlined its strong testing form to date when Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the second day of this week's Barcelona test.

BARCELONA, DAY 2 QUOTES

Team quotes from the second day of testing in Barcelona.

DE LA ROSA RETURNS TO MCLAREN

The McLaren-Mercedes F1 team has announced that Pedro de la Rosa will return to the team in his previous long-time role as test and reserve driver.

HRT SIGNS VITANTONIO LIUZZI FOR SECOND SEAT

The Hispania Formula One team has announced that it has signed Vitantonio Liuzzi as the team's second driver for 2011.

8 MARCH 2011

WEBBER TOPS FIRST DAY OF FINAL BARCELONA TEST

Mark Webber set the fastest 2011 time yet seen at Barcelona with Red Bull's RB7 on the first day of the final pre-season F1 test ahead of the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 27.

BARCELONA, DAY 1 QUOTES

Team quotes from the first day of testing in Barcelona.

7 MARCH 2011

FORCE INDIA AND TEAM LOTUS IN COURT NEXT JANUARY

Force India's claims again Team Lotus, Mike Gascoyne and Aerolab relating to intellectual property infringement are to be heard by the British High Court on January 16, 2012.

4 MARCH 2011

STEWART RESTING AT HOME

Sir Jackie Stewart is back home after undergoing tests at hospital in Hillingdon, London.

3 MARCH 2011

DUTCH BUY 5% WILLIAMS STAKE

Dutch investment company Cyrte has bought 5% of Williams after 2.4 million shares in the British F1 team were offered on the Frankfurt stock exchange at €25 each.

2 MARCH 2011

STEWART TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart has been taken to hospital in London after feeling ill on a flight from Geneva.

WILLIAMS F1 MAKES STOCK DEBUT

The Williams F1 team was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Wednesday morning.

1 MARCH 2011

GLOCK SUFFERS APPENDICITIS

Timo Glock is recovering in a Swiss hospital after surgery for acute appendicitis.

INFINITI SPONSORS RED BULL

Japanese car manufacturer Infiniti has announced that it has agreed a major sponsorship of the World Championship winning Red Bull-Renault team.