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‘My critics need to look in the mirror’ – Bottas hits out after Australian GP win

• Finn responds to detractors after victory in Melbourne• Lewis Hamilton admits he had been outracedValtteri Bottas hit out at his detractors and claimed he has entered the new season with a fresh approach after an emphatic win at the Australian Grand …


Lewis Hamilton claims Australian Grand Prix pole as Mercedes shine

Mercedes world champion sets lap record to earn poleHome hero Daniel Ricciardo qualifies well down in 12thLewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the opening grand prix of the new Formula One season in Australia. The British driver, who won his fi…


Mercedes bank on Lewis Hamilton’s sixth sense in record-seeking season | Giles Richards

British champion’s mental strength will again be a key asset in Mercedes’ bid for another drivers’ and constructors’ double, starting in Melbourne on SundayThere are no illusions at Mercedes as to how tough a Formula One season lies ahead as the team p…


F1 has no plans to ban tobacco company sponsorship despite health calls

WHO wants all sponsorship by tobacco companies outlawedFIA and F1 ban tobacco advertising but not sponsorshipHamilton on top in Australia GP practice as Vettel strugglesJean Todt has insisted the FIA is aligned with the World Health Organisation which …


Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel wins F1 2018 season opener

Vettel wins Grand Prix claiming 48th career victoryLewis Hamilton relegated to second after promising start from poleSebastian Vettel won the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix once again, as he did last year, beating his championship riv…


Lewis Hamilton: 2017 rules made battle with Sebastian Vettel ‘harder than ever’

• Vettel beats Hamilton by 9.9sec to win opening race of season in Australia
• Mercedes driver fears changes to aerodynamics has made overtaking harder

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton said they anticipate a long fight for the Formula One title after they finished first and second at the Melbourne Grand Prix. The British driver sounded a note of caution that, as he had feared, one of the effects of the changes introduced for this season has made overtaking more difficult.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team have dominated F1 for the past three years and it was hoped the changes would make the grid more competitive and the win for Vettel and Ferrari delivered that in the first race. The danger in focusing on aerodynamics is that it creates more turbulent air in the wake of cars, making close racing and passing more difficult.

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