Australian Grand Prix Tag

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer More wet weather impacted Free Practice 2 as Lewis Hamilton again set the pace for the Mercedes Formula 1 team at the Australian Grand Prix. Both of the Friday sessions were impacted by rain with the second session running only on the green banded intermediate tires. Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Carlos Sainz  rounded out the top five while the two McLaren’s followed in 6th and 7th. With wet weather impacting running, Nico Rosberg admitted to pushing too hard and lost his Mercedes inRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The 2016 season of Formula 1 got under way in damp conditions from Melbourne, Australia today. The picturesque setting of Albert Park, the opening stage for the first round of the 21 race competition that we know and love as Formula One! A wet start led to a slowly drying track which saw the teams running a combination of wet and intermediate Pirelli tires, before switching to dry weather tires mid-way through the session. Conditions improved throughout the session until spitting rain with 10 minutesRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer After teasing the Formula One universe with an interim paint job, the definitive Renault look of 2016 broke cover today. Sliding in on a surfboard, the team debuted their 2016 livery in grand fashion. From the look of the beach themed debut, Renault F1 is back on the scene and is looking to make a statement. The team release today came after running a black with yellow trimmed car for testing in Barcelona and at the team’s launch, last month in Paris. “The R.S. 16 willRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer There is something about the start of a Formula 1 season that gets the blood flowing. Starting in the “Land Down Under” makes it that much better. On Sunday, March 20th, the 2016 race for the World Championship begins anew with some fresh story-lines that could make this a season to remember. The Australian Grand Prix takes place in the city of Melbourne in Albert Park. Melbourne has been home to the Australian Grand Prix since it was moved here from Adelaide in 1996 andRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Formula One’s second pre-season test ended the way the first test began; with Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari firmly atop the timesheets. The German slapped a set of Pirelli’s super-softs in the morning session to post the fastest time of the pre-season with a strong 1:22.852 tour of Circuit de Catalunya. With Ferrari the quickest car on five of the eight days of testing, things near the sharp end of the field seem to have tightened between them, Mercedes and Williams. Vettel also ran the haloRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer With 75% of pre-season testing complete, the paddock is voraciously checking items from their preparation lists to insure they are ready for the 2016 opener which is just over two weeks away in Australia. On Day 2 of testing, Valtteri Bottas led the time charts remarking that he is “feeling prepared and good in the car.” Bottas will hand over pilot duties over to Felipe Massa for the final two days of testing. Williams put the Fw-38 atop the leader board while in qualifying trim usingRead More

Posted On March 20, 2015By Motorsports TribuneIn In the Gravel Trap

In the Gravel Trap: Episode XIX 03/18

Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), and Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday) team up to examine the action from this past weekend in Formula One, NASCAR, and Formula E. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg look poised for another strong season in F1, but Sebastien Vettel may have something to say about it after a sensational podium result in his debut race with Ferrari at Albert Park. Kevin Harvick has made Phoenix International Raceway a personal playground in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,Read More
Lewis Hamilton, 2015 Australian Grand Prix

Posted On March 15, 2015By Adam TateIn Formula One

Hamilton Wins in Australia

Lewis Hamilton continued his perfect weekend by dominating the Australian grand prix, leading every lap en route to his 7th victory in 8 races. For Hamilton it was a straightforward lights to flag victory with Nico Rosberg perpetually in tow, but behind the silver arrows, chaos and attrition ruled the roost. Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren never made the start, his Honda engine letting go early. Neither did Red Bull’s Danill Kyvat when a gearbox issue stranded the young Russian. Romain Grosjean’s Lotus never got going, Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus was bounced intoRead More
Lewis Hamilton, 2015 Australian Grand Prix

Posted On March 14, 2015By Adam TateIn Formula One

Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Australia

Lewis Hamilton cake walked to a dominant pole in Australia, taking the top spot on the grid by beating his team mate by over 6/10ths of a second and third place man Felipe Massa by nearly a second and a half. Behind the dominant silver arrows, Massa put in a great lap to nip the Ferrari’s of Vettel and Raikkonen by mere thousandths. Valtteri Bottas put the second Williams in sixth despite issues with back pain that may put his race chances in jeopardy. The best hometown hero Daniel RicciardoRead More

Posted On March 3, 2015By Motorsports TribuneIn Formula One

Alonso to Miss Australian Grand Prix

Having performed an exhaustive series of tests and scans – some of them as recently as yesterday evening – McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso’s doctors have informed him that they find him asymptomatic of any medical issue; that they see no evidence whatsoever of any injury; and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike. However, Fernando’s doctors have recommended to him that, following the concussion he sustained in a testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 22nd, for the time being heRead More