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Mar 19

F1: Ferrari Performance Not Acceptable, Says Technical Director

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (right) leads teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the Australian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (right) leads teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the Australian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari technical director James Allison has described the team’s form in Australia as “not acceptable,” and says that straightline speed and braking stability are among the key areas for improvement.

Fernando Alonso finished 35 seconds behind winner Nico Rosberg, who is assumed by most observers to have had a lot in hand.

Mar 19

MotoGP: Breaking Down The Rules For 2014 And Beyond

Marc Marquez is the prohibitive favorite to repeat as MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez is the prohibitive favorite to repeat as MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

No amount of politics or rule bending can mask the obvious — Spanish tyro Marc Marquez and the factory Honda RC213V are the combination to beat in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.

It will be a tight and tense battle with double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha M1) again shaping as Marquez’s toughest challenger, as he was in 2013.

Mar 18

We must watch Red Bull and Williams, says Wolff

Valtteri Bottas exiting pit road during practice at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas exiting pit road during practice at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Toto Wolff is not underestimating the opposition, and the Mercedes boss says both Williams and Red Bull could have been more competitive in Australia

Wolff suggested that Red Bull would have been more of a threat had Sebastian Vettel not had a troubled weekend.

“If you see where they [RBR] were two weeks ago, we need to be very careful,” said Wolff. “We haven’t seen Sebastian running with a reliable car and a fast car, and you would expect him, with his experience, to go even faster. So we have to keep on pushing.”

While his Williams team mate Felipe Massa was out at the first corner, Valterri Bottas was one of the few drivers who could overtake in Australia, and he finished fifth despite losing time when he clipped the wall early on.

“I guess if you look at Valtteri’s pace before he hit the wall, and then I think his steering wheel was not completely straight, and then his pace afterwards, I would say if they have a normal race and they qualify better than here, probably they would have ended up on the podium. I’m quite sure they would have ended up on the podium.”