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Hamilton opens title defence with easy win in Australia

A far from exciting start to the 2015 Formula One season in Australia saw the continued domination of Mercedes with reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton cruising to an easy victory ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg with 4-time former world champion Sebastian Vettel the best of the rest as he grabbed a podium on his Ferrari debut.

Only 18 cars were registered to start today's race after Marussia chose to take the opening weekend of the season off, and an injury to Valtteri Bottas in qualifying saw him drop out of the race leaving only 17 cars on the track in the formation lap.

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Hamilton sets scorching lap to take easy Pole at Australian Grand Prix

Welcome to another season of Mercedes domination! Or so it would seem after the first day of Qualifying of the 2015 season at Albert Park, Melbourne.

Lewis Hamilton powered his way to a comfortable Pole Position as he began the defence of his World title in some style today, posting a scorching lap of 1:26.327 seconds. Such was Hamilton's dominance that his fastest lap in Q2 was quicker than anyone else went in Q3!

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Rosberg edges Hamilton on Opening Day of Formula 1 Season

Mercedes kicked off the 2015 Formula One season at the top of the timesheets today, with Nico Rosberg narrowly edging Lewis Hamilton in each of the day's two practice sessions at Albert Park.

Nico topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis in P2 The second session saw the pair separated by exactly one tenth of a second in the same order. Both drivers used the medium compound tyre only during the first session, the medium and soft in the second; setting their fastest time of the day on the soft.

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Williams Announce Susie Wolff’s Testing Schedule

Following the appointment of Susie Wolff as the Official Test Driver for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING, Williams today confirmed Susie’s testing schedule for the 2015 season.

Susie will be getting behind the wheel of the Williams Mercedes FW37 for two days’ testing this season. In addition to day one of the pre-season test at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona, 19 February, Susie will also drive on one day of testing at the Red Bull Ring following the Austrian Grand Prix. Susie will also take part in two FP1 sessions in 2015 at the Spanish and British Grands Prix. This on track experience will be supplemented with an extensive programme of work in the team’s simulator to help with the ongoing development of the FW37.

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Daniil Kvyat does 75 laps in Barcelona

Formula One’s final pre-season test of 2015 got underway in Barcelona today, with Daniil Kvyat at the wheel of the RB11. The day’s running started positively as the team embarked on improving the performance of the car but late morning rain then interrupted proceedings. A mechanical issue in the afternoon then meant the team could not pursue the run plan it had mapped out and Dany was switched to a series of shorter runs, with the Russian getting through 75 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya.

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Carmen Jordá announced as Lotus F1 Team Development Driver for 2015

Carmen Jordá today joined Lotus F1 Team as a Development Driver for the 2015 season. Carmen will attend Grands Prix and Formula 1 tests throughout 2015 for Lotus F1 Team as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team’s base in Enstone. Carmen will drive the E23 Hybrid on track during the course of 2015.

Carmen, daughter of former racer José Miguel Jordá, has a distinguished racing career having participated in the European Open Formula 3 Championship – where she achieved three podiums – the American Indy Lights Championship and most recently the GP3 Series.

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Red Bull does another 100+ laps on final day of Barcelona Testing

Daniil Kvyat wrapped up a successful second pre-season test for Infiniti Red Bull Racing by completing 102 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya today on his way to the day’s third best time. After focusing on long runs yesterday afternoon, today’s programme saw Daniil conduct aero mapping work in the first part of the morning session before the team began to focus on set-up work in the remaining hours before lunch. During the afternoon the team conducted short runs, which yielded Daniil’s best time, and as the test came to an end the team once again switched to long runs.

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