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“I felt as though I was driving in a tunnel. The whole circuit became a tunnel… I had reached such a high level of concentration that it was as if the car and I had become one. Together we were at the maximum. I was giving the car everything – and vice versa.” (Ayrton Senna)

Fernando Alonso doubts anyone will be completely ready for the Australian GP

Fernando Alonso doubts whether any team or driver will be completely ready for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but insists he is happy with Ferrari’s progress. The Spaniard has just one more day in the F14 T before Practice One in Melbourne following the 122 laps he completed in Bahrain on Friday – more than […]

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Lewis Hamilton insists better Mercedes tripped up in testing rather than Australia

Lewis Hamilton admitted that Friday in Bahrain “wasn’t a spectacular day” for 2014 favourites Mercedes but stressed that it was better that unreliability issues struck the W05 in winter testing rather than when the serious business of racing begins in Australia. For the first time since the testing programme moved to Bahrain last week, a […]

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Lotus to revert to old spec exhaust

Lotus will run their old exhaust on Day Two at Bahrain after issues with the new design damaged the E22. Pastor Maldonado brought out the red flags a few minutes before the lunch break on Day One of the final pre-season test. Lotus diagnosed an exhaust issue and spent the rest of the day trying […]

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Bahrain Test II Day 1: Perez fastest as Renault struggles continue

Sergio Perez ended day one of the final Formula 1 preseason test fastest of all in the Force India VJM07, as once again Mercedes powered teams dominated the top half of the timing screens at Bahrain International Circuit, while Renault teams continued to be firmly planted down the bottom. Worse of all is that while […]

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Alonso, Raikkonen will follow ‘rules’ – Domenicali

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have been told to follow “the rules” at Ferrari. That is the claim of the fabled Italian outfit’s boss Stefano Domenicali, after months of speculation the two world champions will struggle to harmoniously coexist in 2014. “They both have the desire to win,” Domenicali told Italy’s Sky. “But both of […]

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Williams’ Pat Symonds says their new FW36 has ‘run like a dream’ in winter testing

Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds says the team’s new FW36 car, powered by a Mercedes unit, has ‘run like a dream’ during pre-season testing. Although the team’s fastest time at the first Bahrain test was four seconds slower than that of pace-setter Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, the Grove outfit have demonstrated the impressive […]

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2014 Bahrain pre-season Test Two preview

Pre-season testing continues this week as the teams are provided with a final opportunity of running in warm-weather conditions ahead of the 2014 season opener in Australia. In particular, the four days of testing will be of critical importance for current and four-time World Champions Red Bull – having only produced 137 laps over the […]

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Red Bull ‘has lots of problems’ – Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel finally managed some laps but at a sluggish pace on Thursday as Red Bull’s pre-season crisis continues. His tally of 59 laps in the troubled Renault-powered RB10 ended fears Adrian Newey’s latest creation might never run at all, but he was more than five seconds off the pace set by Kevin […]

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Mercedes and Renault could protest Ferrari at F1 season opener in Melbourne

The possible threat of protest is now looming over next month’s Formula 1 World Championship season opener in Australia, with Mercedes and Renault taking issue with the ultra-lightweight Ferrari engine cover. We reported a month ago that a dispute was brewing between Formula 1 engine suppliers Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault. The dispute is about the […]

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Bahrain F1 test: Hamilton fastest as Red Bull woes continue

Lewis Hamilton ended the third day of Formula 1 testing in Bahrain on top of the timesheets for Mercedes, while Red Bull was forced to finish its running early. The 2008 world champion took up a commanding position at the head of the field after a series of short runs in the morning, as Mercedes […]

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