Verstappen third, Ferraris out to lunch Valtteri Bottas crushes everyone, including his World Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton ton win the season opening Australian Grand Prix. From second on the grid Bottas beat Hamilton to Turn 1 and from there was never challenged, ultimately opening the gap to Hamilton to 21-seconds at the finish, a crushing blow to the Brit. Max Verstappen claimed Honda's first podium finish since the 2008 British GP in its maiden race with Red Bull as Ferrari ended up only fourth and fifth.
Hamilton will be 2019 World Champion Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be 2019 World Champions. It's the easiest prediction we ever had to make. Hamilton won pole for the Australian Grand Prix from teammate Valtteri Bottas by the slimmest of margins, but the fact they were a full 0.7s up from the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel says it all. And based on practice times, their race pace is even more dominant.
Mercedes breaks it all down Formula One cars are very complex machines - even their steering wheels are not exactly self-explanatory at first glance. So, we're taking a closer look at F1 steering wheels, some of their many functions and how exactly they are designed and built.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Were a qualifying session and grand prix to be staged at Barcelona right now, the evidence of pre-season testing suggests Ferrari and Mercedes would be almost equal. We can't be entirely sure about fuel loads, engine modes and exact run plans. But every single indicator, whether it's short runs, long runs, trackside impressions or paddock gossip, points in one direction: Ferrari and Mercedes are the teams to beat. Federico Basile was there on the final day and snapped these photos.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Despite bringing out a late red flag when he broke down on course, Charles Leclerc ended fastest by a wide margin in his #16 Ferrari Thursday - the penultimate day of preseason F1 testing. In his final appearance for Ferrari ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Leclerc logged 138 laps and set the pace to ensure the Italian squad recovered from its truncated running after Sebastian Vettel crashed on Wednesday. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Carlos Sainz Jr. gave McLaren something to brag about - back-to-back days at the top of the timesheets in the second Formula 1 pre-season test as Ferrari hit problems for the 2nd day in a row. The Spaniard posted the fastest time seen so far in testing on the morning of the second day of the second winter test in Barcelona with a time of 1m17.144s.
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Lando Norris topped the opening day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday as Mercedes lost most of its afternoon running to an issue on its new W10 car and Ferrari lost most of the morning with cooling issues. Rookie Norris strapped on the softer C4 tires, and recorded a fastest time of 1m17.709s. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com Using the softest C5 tires Pirelli makes, Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault something to pound their chest about as the F1 teams wrapped up week #1 testing in Barcelona. In fact the four fastest times were set on the C5 tires with Lewis Hamilton rounding out the top-5 for Mercedes on a set of C4 tires. All five were in the 1m17s bracket. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
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