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2018 Australian Grand Prix: Preview
Sergio: “The race in Melbourne is something I look forward to all winter. It’s a really cool place to start the season. I love the city and it’s probably one of my favourite places to visit.
“One thing I love about Melbourne is the wildlife and the scenery. I remember driving down the Great Ocean Road a few years ago and loved the experience. I also enjoy visiting the zoo because I always like to see the koalas – even though they are usually asleep!
“You always arrive in Melbourne full of hope. There are lots of unanswered questions and it’s when you really start to understand your competitiveness. At the same time, it’s not a typical race because it’s usually quite unpredictable. Often, just finishing the race is the key to getting a good result.
2018 Australian Grand Prix - Preview
19 March 2018
An excited Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport looks ahead to the start of the new Formula One season.
Toto on Melbourne
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1st Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 23rd to 25th March 2018
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team ready to start the 2018 racing season in Australia
The await is over. After a long winter, the F1 season opener in Australia has a special taste for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 as it marks the return of the iconic Italian brand to Formula 1 after more than 30 years as Title Partner of the Team. With the brand new C37, which is equipped with the 2018 Ferrari engine, and a strong line-up – consisting of Marcus Ericsson, a well experienced driver, and Charles Leclerc, a very promising rookie – the team is heading out to Melbourne ready for an exciting season.
AHEAD OF THE 2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
“G’day folks. Starting the F1 season in Australia means there is so much hype and so much build up, now with me being the only Australian on the grid there is extra attention, extra questioning and expectation. It’s a lot but it’s fun, it’s cool but it does mean I usually leave that weekend needing 48 hours of pure serenity and quietness. Melbourne in 2017 was a combination of my errors and some misfortune, I crashed in Qualifying and then we had a technical issue for the race. We were all putting our hand up saying “my fault” last year so 2018 is definitely time to get what we deserve in Melbourne, or get what we came for, that sounds better.
Test Barcelona - GP simulation, Kimi’s day
Testing ends at Catalunya: 157 laps for Raikkonen
Montmelò, 9 March – The second and final winter test at the Catalunya Circuit has now ended. Today, Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of the SF71H, having recovered, after being indisposed over the past few days. He rattled off 157 laps, the best of them in 1’17”221, set using the Hypersoft tyres. Scuderia Ferrari’s programme included set-up work and a race simulation, running different types of tyre and fuel loads. This was the hottest day of the entire two weeks of testing, with temperatures over 20° and the track around the 37 mark.
2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day Four
9 March 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed a productive pre-season test with an interrupted final day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Due to a gearbox issue precluding running for a significant period, the planned programme was revised so Carlos Sainz stayed on driving duties for the afternoon as well as the morning. Carlos completed 45 laps, setting a best lap time of 1min 18.092secs, the third fastest of the day.
Barcelona Test No. 2: Day 4 Recap
Date: Friday, March 9
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps Completed: 181 laps
Distance Completed: 842.555 kilometers (523.452 miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:18.412 (5th quickest)
Fastest Lap: 1:17.221 by Kimi Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari
Most Laps: 181 laps by Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team
2018 Barcelona second test – day four report
Testing, Barcelona | 09/03/2018
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Best lap-time: 1:17.784s
Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 4
With today’s session, winter testing in preparation for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season has come to an end. The final day of T02 on the Circuit de Catalunya was driven by Charles Leclerc. The young Monégasque driver completed 75 laps throughout the day. His running time was cut short due to a minor incident in the morning, in which he went off track and touched the barriers. With reduced track-time, the work was mainly focused on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, as well as tyre work.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: sunny and dry; air 9° – 21°C, track 12° – 28°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 75 laps, 349.125 km
Fastest lap: 1:19.118 min (P9, hypersoft tyres)
2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 4
09 March 2018
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport complete over 1,000 laps in 2018 pre-season testing
Date: Friday 09 March 2018
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (AM), Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: Valtteri 104, Lewis 97, Total 201
Distance Covered: Valtteri 484 km, Lewis 452 km, Total 936 km
Best Lap Time: Valtteri 1:18.825, Lewis 1:19.464
PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY FOUR
Friday 09 March 2018
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Best time: 1:18.327
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: K. Raikkonen (1:17.221)
BARCELONA TEST 02 – DAY 4
Friday, 9th March 2018
Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya (4.655 km)
Driver: Brendon Hartley - Car: STR13-03
Best time: 1:18.949 - Laps: 156
PRE-SEASON TESTING - WEEK 2, DAY 4
Sahara Force India concluded two weeks of pre-season testing with a busy day in Barcelona as Esteban Ocon clocked up 163 laps.
ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-01
Best time: 1:18.967
Position: P8 of 12
Test Barcelona - Sebastian “in race mode”
On his last day of testing, Vettel completes a trouble-free GP simulation
Montmelò, 8 March –Winter testing has now ended for Seb Vettel. The next time he meets up with the SF71H will be in Melbourne, for free practice at the Australian Grand Prix. The final day of testing for the German champion was given over to a programme that included set-up and tyre evaluation with different fuel loads, the classic race weekend simulation that signs off winter testing for every driver. By the end of the day, Seb had completed no fewer than 188 laps (equivalent to over 875 kilometres,) in all conditions, including a false start test, with other cars on track. His best lap was a 1’17”182, set on the new Hypersoft tyres that are making their debut this season.
2018 Pre-Season Test 2, Day Three
8 March 2018
Renault Sport Formula One Team completed another full day of testing with 148 laps on the board from Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Nico completed 79 laps in the morning, setting what would be the day’s fourth-fastest time, whilst Carlos went for 69 in the afternoon, setting the day’s fifth fastest time. Running to similar programmes, both drivers were evenly matched on times, with Nico setting a 1min 18.675secs lap and Carlos a 1min 18.725secs.