Yep qualifying is over and it didn’t disappoint. Sebastian Vettel is back on form, his newly penned Ferrari is up to snuff and that is not even the good news. The good news you ask is the little black things at the four corners last longer than everyone else’s. Aside from a very well balanced chassis, Ferrari’s ace in the hole is tire wear or lack of it. This just greatly opens more possibilities for the team in regards to strategy during the race. On Friday in the…

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From GrandPrix 247 Mercedes is manipulating the balance of power among its Formula 1 customer teams, according to a Spanish media report. El Pais newspaper said Williams, Lotus and Force India each pay around €25 million per season for the German marque’s F1-leading turbo V6 ‘power unit’. But the report said not everything is equal. That is despite both Williams and Mercedes denying Felipe Massa’s claim recently that the Grove team might not be fully up-to-date with the latest engine developments of the works team. El Pais claimed: “The…

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Have you ever missed out on something that you really wanted through no fault of your own? Be it just missing the bus/metro or not able to make the green light because the person in front of you was driving too slow? What about concert tickets that you were desperate to buy only to find out they sold out in 15 minutes despite the fact that you were at the website as soon it was open for purchase? How about we take this a step further, what about…

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From GrandPrix 247 Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery has urged Formula 1 to make changes before the company commits to a new contract. The Italian tyre supplier’s F1 chief told the Guardian newspaper that he fully supports efforts by Bernie Ecclestone to spice up the ‘show’. Hembery admitted one good change has been the ban on driver helmet livery changes. “The driver has to become an international superstar, like David Beckham,” said the Briton. “But we’ve got drivers who don’t understand why it’s crap to change a helmet every race,…

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From GrandPrix 247 Kimi Raikkonen’s manager has come out in defence of the Finn following suggestions he is already slipping into a number two role at Ferrari this season. After struggling alongside former teammate Fernando Alonso, 35-year-old Raikkonen has been joined in red for this year by his friend Sebastian Vettel. But Raikkonen is already 28 points behind his German teammate, while quadruple world champion Vettel has a win to his name and is nipping at the heels of Lewis Hamilton’s early title lead. The situation moved former Ferrari team…

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From GrandPrix 247 The big question after Malaysia is: has Ferrari really caught Mercedes? After Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough win in red on Sunday, Mercedes management admitted to being surprised their dominance of Melbourne has been so quickly reined in, and team boss Toto Wolff described it as a “wake-up call”. “I don’t think it was a wake-up call,” championship leader Lewis Hamilton insists. “But I think everyone can always do with, not a kick, more like a pinch.” Some think Malaysia was just a one-off. Huge track temperatures were…

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From GrandPrix 247 Renault’s relationship with works team Red Bull continues to crumble, as Cyril Abiteboul, chief of the French carmaker’s F1 engine programme, accused Red Bull technical boss Adrian Newey of lying. He admits that Renault is struggling at the start of 2015, insisting: “I am not looking for excuses”. But he said it is wrong of Newey to say the only problem with his 2015 package is the ‘power unit’ supplied by Renault. “In addition to our problems,” Abiteboul told France’s Auto Hebdo magazine, “Red Bull has…

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From GrandPrix 247 McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has been cleared to travel to Malaysia for the second race of the Formula 1 season after passing medical tests in England, Spanish media reported on Sunday. Marca and AS sports newspapers, quoting sources close to the driver, said the double world champion had short and long-term memory and reflex checks in Cambridge. There was no immediate comment from McLaren. The driver, who suffered concussion after crashing in testing in Barcelona last month, missed the March 15 Australian season-opener and must still pass FIA…

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If you’re American, you likely recognize the title of this post as a quote from Donald Rumsfeld that was made in regards to the Iraq war. It was ludicrous at the time, it has been mocked ever since, and I still laugh when I read it. Surprisingly, it also accurately describes the exact situation we find ourselves in regarding Fernando Alonso’s pre-season crash which has sidelined him for the season opening Grand Prix in Melbourne. There are some weird and very bizarre stories and sound bites going around…

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From ESPNF1 Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai says Honda feels ready to go racing in Melbourne despite its troublesome start to life as McLaren’s engine supplier. McLaren completed just 380 laps over the winter, with numerous issues hampering the team over the 12 days in Jerez and Barcelona. Honda’s engine was homologated on February 28 and the onus is now on the Japanese manufacturer to get the power unit running reliably in time for the Australian Grand Prix on March 15. In Barcelona, Arai told the media he…

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