• Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Mercedes the team to beat

    After a successful pre-season test programme with new team Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel arrived in Australia in an extremely positive frame of mind.

    However, the quadruple world champion is under no illusions that the Italian team are likely to be playing catch-up to Mercedes in Melbourne
  • FIA Thursday press conference - Australia

    Drivers - Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso), Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
  • Sauber line-up uncertain after Van der Garde ruling - updated

    Sauber's driver line-up for this weekend's season-opening round in Melbourne is in doubt after an Australian court ruled that the team's 2014 reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has a valid contract to race for them this year.

    Sauber appealed the Wednesday ruling, but on Thursday that appeal was rejected
  • Australia preview - do Mercedes hold the ace cards?

    Everyone has been dealt a new hand of cards for 2015, but all of Mercedes' rivals arrive in Melbourne for the season opener convinced that the Silver Arrows will still be holding all the aces.

    Winter testing indicated that the new F1 W06 Hybrid has the speed to carry on where the W05 left off last year, but of course no one will really know if that's true until Saturday's qualifying session
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  • FIA press conference schedule - Australia

    Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Melbourne on Thursday will be home favourite Daniel Ricciardo, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

    The line-ups in full
  • Sauber line-up uncertain after Van der Garde ruling

    Sauber's driver line-up for this weekend's season-opening round in Melbourne is in doubt after an Australian court ruled that the team's 2014 reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has a valid contract to race for them this year
  • Australia preview quotes - Toro Rosso, McLaren, Mercedes & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Australia preview quotes - Toro Rosso, McLaren & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
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  • Haas on schedule for 2016 debut

    Gene Haas's fledgling Formula One team say they are on target to be on the grid for the start of next season, following the recent procurement of a European factory and some key staff hirings.

    To augment Haas's United States home in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the team have bought Marussia's former UK base in Banbury
  • Australia preview quotes - McLaren, Mercedes, Pirelli & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Merhi to race for Marussia in Australian season-opener

    Roberto Merhi will make his F1 race debut this weekend in Australia after being confirmed as Marussia's second driver for the 'opening rounds' of the 2015 season.

    Merhi has previous experience in Formula One racing, having driven for Caterham in three FP1 sessions during the 2014 season. Still only 23-years-old, he has enjoyed success in a number of disciplines
  • Australia preview quotes - Mercedes, Pirelli, Williams & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
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  • Australia preview quotes - Pirelli, Williams, Force India & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Australia preview quotes - Williams, Force India, Red Bull & more

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Force India head to Australia on the back foot - Mallya

    Vijay Mallya admits Force India are starting the 2015 season on the back foot following their disrupted pre-season.

    Various delays meant the team were only able to complete two and a half days of running in their 2015 car, the VJM08 - and while it proved reliable from the outset, team principal Mallya says there is no hiding the fact Force India are playing catch up with their rivals
  • Australia preview quotes - Red Bull & Lotus on Melbourne

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Australia preview quotes - Force India, Red Bull & Lotus

    Testing is complete and the wait is almost over. Next weekend the new Formula One season finally kicks off in Melbourne with the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Those involved look ahead to the eagerly-anticipated Albert Park event
  • Mercedes unveils new 2015 safety and medical cars

    Mercedes AMG have unveiled the two new models that will serve as Formula One racing's official safety and medical cars for the 2015 season
  • Everything to play for - 2015 Season Preview

    If it was the cars that attracted all the attention this time last year, this time it's most definitely the drivers, with wholesale change across the grid.

    Though he will miss the opening round, Fernando Alonso's return to McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel's move from Red Bull to Ferrari, provide two of the most intriguing storylines ahead of what promises to be another fascinating season of racing
  • Exclusive analysis - McLaren-Honda power unit layout

    McLaren and Honda endured a fragmented pre-season test programme, with mechanical issues meaning they spent more time in the garage than they did on track.

    However, the newly-reunited partners are determined to get on top of their early problems, and once they do their unique power unit layout could pay dividends. We take an exclusive look under the skin of the MP4-30
  • Marussia set to compete in Australia

    Marussia are set to return to the Formula One racing grid for the 2015 season-opener after confirming their car will be ready in time for Australia.

    The team say they will begin the season with an interim machine, built to comply fully with 2015 regulations, before introducing a new car later in the campaign, based on designs initiated last year
  • Pirelli reveal tyre choices for first four races

    Formula One racing's official tyre suppliers Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that will be available for the first four Grands Prix of the 2015 season
  • Toro Rosso: Rookies ready for Melbourne race bow

    Toro Rosso say there is no doubt that rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior are ready to make their Formula One racing debuts in the season-opener in Australia.

    At 17 and 20 years-old respectively, the duo will be the youngest driver pairing in F1 history when they compete in Melbourne - but team principal Franz Tost believes they have already proved they can handle the occasion
  • Alonso to miss Australian race on medical advice

    Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia following his testing crash in Barcelona, McLaren confirmed on Tuesday.

    Although the team say Alonso is “entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives”, doctors have advised the Spaniard, who sustained a concussion on February 22, not to compete in the race. Kevin Magnussen will take Alonso's place
  • Wolff to drive for Williams in FP1 in Britain and Spain

    Susie Wolff will take part in two Grand Prix sessions in 2015, after Williams confirmed her participation in FP1 at both Spain and Great Britain.

    Wolff will also drive on the opening day of the post-race tests in Spain and Austria, as well as completing an "extensive programme of work" in the Williams simulator
  • Ferrari met all test objectives - Arrivabene

    Ferrari enter the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship having met all of their pre-season testing goals, according to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene
  • FIA clarifies new helmet design rules

    Formula One racing's governing body the FIA has published new helmet livery rules intended to make the drivers more recognisable while they are out on track
  • Red Bull reveal 'traditional' 2015 livery

    Having used a unique black and white 'camouflage' livery throughout testing, Red Bull have revealed the colour scheme that will adorn their RB11 car during the 2015 season proper.

    As expected, the Milton Keynes-based squad has retained its traditional dark blue livery, with purple highlights on the sidepods
  • Pre-season testing in numbers - who went fastest, and furthest

    On the basis of 12 days of pre-season testing, it is reigning champions Mercedes who enter the season on a high, having set the quickest times and completed the most laps. But who came closest to matching the Silver Arrows - and who might be struggling in Melbourne?

    We crunch the numbers for both the final test and the pre-season as a whole in order to shed some light on what the competitive order might look like when the season gets underway
  • Bottas puts Williams on top on final day of pre-season testing

    Valtteri Bottas signed off the 2015 pre-season in style by going fastest for Williams on the final day of testing at Barcelona on Sunday.

    The Finn hit the front early and was never deposed, as a qualifying simulation on Pirelli's supersoft tyre yielded a 1m 23.063s - which left him almost half a second clear of the chasing pack
  • Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain

    For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

    Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's super-soft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber
  • Rosberg and Mercedes fire ominous warning on day two

    Mercedes finally hit the front in 2015 pre-season testing on Friday, as Nico Rosberg set an imperious new benchmark on day two in Barcelona.

    Elsewhere there was encouragement for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed more than 100 laps on the team's most successful day to date, and Force India, who rolled out their new car for the first time
  • Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Ferrari should be a perfect fit

    Fourth in the Barcelona test times on Friday, with almost 150 laps on the board - it looks like the combination of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari is starting to gel. But how does the four-time world champion feel he is settling into his new home? Here's what he had to say after his latest session in the SF15-T
  • Marussia included on official 2015 FIA entry list

    Marussia have moved another step closer to returning to Formula One racing after governing body the FIA approved their entry for the 2015 season
  • Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following testing crash

    Fernando Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain last weekend.

    Although he was ruled out of the final pre-season test on doctors' advice, he released a video message to reassure his followers about his physical condition
  • Force India's VJM08 makes belated track debut

    After several delays, Force India's 2015 car made its long-awaited track debut on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona on Friday.

    The Mercedes-powered VJM08 left the garage just after midday local time with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. The German will handle driving duties until Sunday when he'll hand over to team mate Sergio Perez for the last day of running
  • Massa fastest for Williams as McLaren toil on day one

    Felipe Massa laid down an impressive marker for Williams on the opening day of the final pre-season test of 2015 in Spain, as McLaren were once again restricted by technical problems.

    Massa hit the front early on Thursday afternoon, bolting on Pirelli's soft-compound tyre and scything down to a 1m 23.500s - the fastest time seen so far this year in Barcelona
  • Jorda joins Lotus as development driver

    Lotus have appointed Carmen Jorda as a development driver for the 2015 season.

    In her new role the 26-year-old Spaniard, who most recently raced in GP3, will attend Grands Prix and Formula One tests throughout the year, as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team's base in Enstone
  • Final preparations - Barcelona test preview

    After the briefest of breaks, the teams and drivers return to action in Barcelona on Thursday for four final days of pre-season testing.

    With preparations for the season opener in Australia reaching fever pitch, and crucial mileage still to be accumulated, we take a team-by-team look at the current state of play
  • Alonso leaves hospital but misses final test

    Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital, but McLaren have confirmed he will sit out this week's final pre-season test at Barcelona.

    The Spaniard suffered concussion and was airlifted to hospital following a final-day crash during the second test. McLaren say he will now continue his recuperation at his family's home in Spain
  • Marussia aiming to race in Melbourne; sign Stevens for 2015

    Marussia are hoping to be on the grid for the 2015 season-opener in Australia, and have announced Will Stevens as their first driver.

    The team say their 2015 car is in an "advanced stage of build", and are aiming to have it ready in time for it to be transported to Melbourne. Stevens said he is enthusiastic about the team's prospects
  • Force India reveal first image of delayed 2015 car

    Force India have revealed the first shot of their 2015 car, which they hope to run for the first time on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona.

    The team have suffered delays on the build of the new VJM08, opting to use their 2014 car at the most recent test at Barcelona. And while their new machine will not be ready for the start of the final test, it has completed its first fire-up and will now be transported to Spain
  • Franz Tost Q&A: Verstappen and Sainz will be evenly matched

    For his tenth season as team principal of Toro Rosso, Franz Tost will once again oversee a completely revised line-up as rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz form the youngest driver pairing in F1 history.

    In an exclusive interview, Tost discusses working with Red Bull's latest 'diamonds', explains why the concept of running a junior team is still feasible, and reveals Toro Rosso's ambitious targets for 2015
  • McLaren: wind to blame for Alonso accident

    McLaren have said that 'unpredictably gusty winds' were to blame for the crash that hospitalised Fernando Alonso on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona on Sunday.

    Alonso, who remains in hospital under observation, left the track at Turn 3 of the Catalan circuit, striking the inside concrete wall with a "significant lateral impact"
  • Felipe Massa Q&A: We need to keep 2014 momentum

    Having swapped Ferrari for Williams, Felipe Massa enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2014, scoring 134 points and three podiums, the last of which came at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

    Now, after a brief winter break and an encouraging start to testing, the Brazilian is keen to keep up that momentum, as he explains in this exclusive interview
  • The Barcelona test in numbers - who went fastest, and furthest

    With four days of running at Jerez already under their belts, the teams were able to change focus slightly and begin discovering the true potential of their 2015 machines over the four-day pre-season test at Barcelona.

    But which teams have made a jump forward, and which are at risk of dropping down the order? We crunch the numbers to shed some light on whose preparations appear to be coming on strongest for the forthcoming season
10 Dec 2016

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