2013 Australian Grand Prix

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Hamilton 5th in Australian GP; Rosberg Fails to Finish

Lewis Hamilton managed to finish fifth at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, proving that Mercedes AMG Petronas can be a force in this year’s Formula One competition. However, teammate Nico Rosberg became the third retirement for the day after electrical problems forced him off with 32 laps still remaining in the race. Kimi Raikkonen was in good form to start the 2013 season, winning the race a good 12-plus seconds ahead of second-placer Fernando Alonso. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel joined them on the podium, and Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull duo of Vettel and Mark Webber failed to capitalize on their 1-2 qualifying… Continue Reading »


F1: Australian GP Qualifying Postponed Due to Rain; Rosberg Paces Q1

The 2013 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is off to a rainy start, with Q2 and Q3 postponed for the morning of Sunday because of heavy rain in Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit. The race is still scheduled to start at 5 pm Australian time on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton was actually pacing the field sometime during Q1, but the Mercedes AMG Petronas newcomer had to settle for P10 and a shot at a better grid position for Q2. Teammate Nico Rosberg quickly leapfrogged Hamilton before the Brit spun off the wet track and damaged the rear wing of his F1 W04. Good thing he was still able to come back to the… Continue Reading »


F1: Rain Strikes During Free Practice in Melbourne

There’s less than half an hour to go before the first qualifying session in the 2013 Formula One season. With the third practice earlier hit by some rain, there’s still practically no easy way to predict just who will come out on top at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team struggled as they came out onto the rained-upon circuit, with Nico Rosberg clocking 1:28.486, good for eleventh-best in Practice 3, and Lewis Hamilton farther down at 1:47.246. The previous two practice sessions saw the Mercedes team combining for 89 laps, focusing on some of their more basic setups as well as getting a feel for… Continue Reading »


F1 2013 Preview: Mercedes Gets Set for Australian Grand Prix

It feels like it’s been such a long time, but Formula One fans need not wait too long anymore. The 2013 F1 season is set to start next week with the Australian Grand Prix. We will finally see the new-look Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team led by newcomer Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who is looking to build on a solid performance last year. Building an Identity “The first Grand Prix is where everyone finds out where they really are,” said Rosberg. “The weather in Melbourne looks very hot at the moment, which is going to be a tough challenge as we have no experience with the F1 W04 in… Continue Reading »


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