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Sebastian Vettel takes 2017’s first race victory in Australia

Mercedes round out the podium

Sidepodcast: Sebastian Vettel takes 2017’s first race victory in Australia

by Christine Blachford

The race in Albert Park was perhaps not as chaotic as we might have imagined, but it delivered a fascinating start to the season with Sebastian Vettel returning to the top step of the podium for the first time in over a year. Ferrari navigated their one-stop strategy well, timing it right to jump Lewis Hamilton for the lead midway through the race. Lewis came in for some late pressure from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, but held him off for a double Mercedes podium.

Wehrlein withdraws from Australian Grand Prix for Sauber

Antonio Giovinazzi deputises for Swiss team

Sidepodcast: Wehrlein withdraws from Australian Grand Prix for Sauber

by Christine Blachford

The Sauber team were forced to make a late replacement for the still-recuperating Pascal Wehrlein after the German driver confirmed he was withdrawing from the first race of the year after two practice sessions. Wehrlein suffered a back injury in a Race of Champions crash in December, and now says: “My fitness level is not as it should be for a full race distance because of my training deficit."

Race information - Australia 2017

Get up to speed for the start of the brand new season

Sidepodcast: Race information - Australia 2017

by Christine Blachford

The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Formula One is ready to go racing once again, with a full grid, a packed calendar, and plenty of anticipation to kick off the brand new year. We’ve bid farewell to some familiar faces, including last year’s World Champion Nico Rosberg, and we’ve welcomed in some new blood, including Williams rookie Lance Stroll. We’ve got new look cars, splashes of colour throughout the paddock and plenty of changes to talk about. The first race, as always, takes place in Australia, and it couldn’t be more exciting.

2017's real championship - Christine's Rankings

The battle for personality points kicks off ahead of Australia

Sidepodcast: 2017's real championship - Christine's Rankings

by Christine Blachford

The only global driver rankings system that you need to worry about is back for 2017, with a set of fresh faces ready and waiting to be judged by me. If you're new to Christine's Rankings, then the object is simple - drivers receive points for doing awesome things and have points taken away for being rubbish, and it's all judged totally fairly by me, making it the most in-depth and accurate rankings system this site has ever seen.

Put to the test

Team wrap ups after two weeks in Barcelona

Sidepodcast: Put to the test

by Christine Blachford

“I don’t remember how it was last year, but this felt like a good couple of weeks.” So says Lewis Hamilton, who wrapped up two weeks of testing for Mercedes, alongside teammate Valtteri Bottas. The pair of them completed over 1000 laps between them, and saw barely any reliability problems, which should give them both confidence for the season ahead.

Bottas posts fastest time of pre-season testing as Ferrari crash

Räikkönen hits the wall and Mercedes pick up the pace

Sidepodcast: Bottas posts fastest time of pre-season testing as Ferrari crash

by Christine Blachford

It took a while for the second day of testing this week to really pick up the pace, but it gradually rumbled into life and brought with it plenty to ponder. Firstly, Mercedes were back on top with Valtteri Bottas posting the fastest time not only of the day, but of the pre-season testing this year so far. He had the supersoft tyres on, which was an advantage, so we're still not reading too much into the lap times.

Felipe Massa forges ahead as final pre-season test gets underway

Williams go fastest as long runs are key

Sidepodcast: Felipe Massa forges ahead as final pre-season test gets underway

by Christine Blachford

It was a quiet day of pre-season testing in Spain as the final week began under blue skies in Barcelona. Teams looked to be running longer distances than they did in the first four days, and were concentrating on getting a complete package out of their car, moving on from the early shakedowns we saw last week. There was just one red flag today, brought out by Renault right at the very end of the session.

Teams double up driver duties to rack up the miles

Renault, Mercedes and Toro Rosso all run both drivers

Sidepodcast: Teams double up driver duties to rack up the miles

by Christine Blachford

It was a quieter day overall in Barcelona, with most of the attention focused in Williams' direction. Rookie driver Lance Stroll suffered two off track excursions that limited their running. He was still faster than McLaren though, with Fernando Alonso concentrating on getting laps completed and working through the aero data gathered, rather than going for all out pace. That was their excuse anyway.

Stroll on

Williams suffer a disjointed start to pre-season testing

Sidepodcast: Stroll on

by Christine Blachford

It’s a difficult year to be a rookie entering Formula One, and Lance Stroll is bearing the brunt of the regulation changes. The Williams driver was back in the car today, despite Felipe Massa originally being scheduled to test, but Lance suffered two more red flag incidents that brought his tally up to three crashes in two days.

Aero devices dominate as Ferrari go fastest in Spain

Measurements and experiments are all part of the plan

Sidepodcast: Aero devices dominate as Ferrari go fastest in Spain

by Christine Blachford

The second day of testing in Barcelona was a cooler affair with clouds moving in across the Catalunya circuit. Eyebrows were raised at the pace of the Ferraris, with Kimi Räikkönen posting the fastest time on soft tyres and Mercedes managing the second fastest time on the super-soft compounds. Times are not the most important thing in testing though, and the fact that Mercedes managed to complete 168 between their two drivers without an issue is the key point.

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F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas MotorsportSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
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