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Mar 13

F1 Simulator Testing: Lewis Hamilton At Albert Park

Lewis Hamilton takes us through a lap of the Albert Park circuit in a Formula 1 simulator.

While doing so, Hamilton talks us through his braking points, gear selection and throttle control as he and Mercedes prep themselves for the Australian GP. He also recaps his greatest memories of the circuit and explains his concerns regarding this weekend’s upcoming season opener.

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Mar 13

2014 Formula 1 Rules Explained

Red Bull Racing has released a three-minute video summarizing the changes that the Formula 1 teams have undergone heading into the 2014 season, and what challenges they will encounter as a consequence.

Using state-of-the-art CGI animation, RBR drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel take you inside the RB10, and show you how an eighth gear and the addition of turbo help compensate for reductions in fuel capacity, engine revolutions, downforce and even the amount of engines the team can use during the season.

CLICK HERE to use the live timing GP RaceCast to follow all Formula 1 action during the 2014 season.

Mar 13

Teams May Miss Saturday Practice To Save Cars For Qualifying

Nico Hulkenberg's Force India being pushed into the garage during testing. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India being pushed into the garage during testing. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Teams are planning to minimize their running in FP3 in Australia this weekend in order to ensure that their cars are fit to take part in qualifying.

It’s been obvious for some weeks that the length of time required to change components on the 2014 cars means that anyone hitting a serious problem in the Saturday practice would not be able to ready their car for qualifying. As a result, some teams will try to do all of their work on Friday and perhaps make only a token appearance for an installation lap on Saturday. A lack of action on track won’t be good news for fans.

Mar 13

FIA Will Stop Race If No Cars Are Left Running

Charlie Whiting talking with RBR's Head of Car Engineering Paul Monaghan during testing. (Photo: Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Charlie Whiting talking with RBR’s Head of Car Engineering Paul Monaghan during testing. (Photo: Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Given the poor reliability suffered by teams in testing, there has been a lot of speculation about how many cars might finish in Australia this weekend, with incidents potentially adding to the attrition rate.

When asked today, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said that he will stop the race if there are no cars left running.

Mar 13

Vettel Not Giving Up On Title Hopes

Sebastian Vettel preparing for this weekend's race at Australia. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel preparing for this weekend’s race at Australia. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel insists that he hasn’t given up hope of challenging for a fifth world championship this year – and believes that Red Bull still has enough time to catch up after its bad start in testing.

“It’s a long year,” he said today. “Our pre-season testing, our preparation, hasn’t been ideal and, yeah, we’re probably not in the best position for this race, but I think it’s a different story when we think about the championship. There’s a long way to go. Two years back Fernando was on the grid with 1.5 seconds to pole position but he was very close to beating us to the title at the very last race. Anything can happen. That’s why this race is important, just as any other one. But there are a lot of races this year.