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Mar 15

Hamilton Takes F1 Pole: Australian GP Saturday Notebook

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

In the F1 Saturday notebook, we bring you on-site coverage of the Australian GP. Follow along through the day for driver commentary, updates from the paddock and more!

Hamilton takes pole position in first qualifying session of 2014 season!

Lewis Hamilton followed the form book by taking pole for the Australian GP, but it was far from easy for the Mercedes driver, who like his rivals had to deal with changeable conditions.

Hamilton just outpaced Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Nico Rosberg.

Mar 15

Signs Of Progress After Good Mileage For Renault Engines

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Renault engines endured mixed fortunes on Friday in Australia as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its problems.

While RBR and Toro Rosso had relatively troublefree days, both Caterham and Lotus faced huge problems, although not all were entirely due to the power unit. However the mileage achieved by the other teams was a big plus.

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Mar 15

F1: Rosberg Fastest In Final Australian Grand Prix Practice

Nico Rosberg drives during the third and final Australian Grand Prix practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg drives during the third and final Australian Grand Prix practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice session for the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, well clear of his rivals.

Rosberg was 1.4 seconds quicker than the next fastest driver, Jenson Button of McLaren, around the Albert Park street circuit.

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Mar 15

F1: Bottas, Gutierrez Hit With Gearbox Penalties

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.

All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.

Under the 2014 rules, gearboxes are supposed to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.

Mar 14

SX: 450SX Class Power Rankings After Daytona

Ryan Villopoto scored his fourth career Daytona Supercross victory last weekend. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto scored his fourth career Daytona Supercross victory last weekend. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

We’ve almost been waiting for the ball to drop that resulted in the kind of dominant ride that has not only made Ryan Villopoto a back-to-back-to-back champion, but also the most dominant rider on the planet. In Daytona, RV was in top form. It was his best ride of the season and the most convincing performance of the year thus far. All this doesn’t bode well for the likes of Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, who now face a deficit of over one race in the standings. Villopoto is starting to find that groove that separates him from everyone else and he remains the frontrunner in the Power Rankings this week.

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