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Hamilton beats Rosberg to Bahrain Grand Prix pole

It was business as usual for Mercedes as they continue to carry their dominance of the 2015 campaign into the new season, locking out the front row of the grid in as many races this season with Lewis Hamilton claiming the 51st Pole Position of his career, taking P1 ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.077 seconds at Al Sakhir circuit ahead of tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton's lap of 1:29.493 is a ridiculous 3 full seconds quicker that last season, putting him at the head of the field for the second time in Bahrain.

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Rosberg opens 2016 season with a win, Hamilton & Vettel complete the podium

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A Rosberg stood on the top step of the podium at the Australian Grand Prix for the second time in 20+ years as Nico followed in the footsteps of his father Keke to win the opening race of the 2016 season at Albert Park this morning.

Formula One fans couldn't have asked for a more exciting race to start the season with the two Ferraris taking over the lead of the Australian Grand Prix right at the start with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen doing better than the two Mercedes cars in front of them, getting away brilliantly from the line. Nico Rosberg was able to move into third place, while Lewis Hamilton was shunted all the way down to 6th after having to concede track position to Rosberg, who might have also forced his teammate to go a little wide.

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Lewis Hamilton on Pole at 2016 Australian Grand Prix

The 2016 Formula One season got underway in full earnest today as Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix took place at Albert Park. After a frenetic opening to qualifying thanks to the new format introduced this season, the end of the session finished in rather predictable and in reality slightly disappointing fashion as only the two Mercedes cars were left jostling for position at the head of the field with Lewis Hamilton grabbing Pole Position with a 1:23.837 lap, 0.360s quicker than his teammate Nico Rosberg. Also rather predictably the second row of the grid will be locked out by Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel running quicker than teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Here's how qualifying unfolded:

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Christian Horner hopes new Red Bull can genuinely challenge this season

Ahead of the Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB12 making its track debut at the first pre-season test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, top officials from Red Bull Racing spoke about what to expect from the new car ahead of the upcoming 2016 season.

Commenting on the new car and the season ahead, Team Principal, Christian Horner said: “Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter. Therefore, we’re looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry that momentum into the early races of this season.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 unveiled in Barcelona

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On the surface, a second consecutive winter of minimal regulatory change may appear to ease the pressure on the Formula One community. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Progress under such conditions is a game of diminishing returns - making the quest for every millisecond of performance ever-more crucial.

"The biggest challenge for the team over the winter has been finding how we can extract more performance from what was already a very strong Power Unit and chassis concept", confirms Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff. "The regulations have remained mostly stable for another year, so the development curve has naturally started to level out slightly. But as a group of competitive racers, this is the sort of challenge we love - to find every last bit of performance.

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Hamilton, Rosberg land early jibes ahead of 2016 season

Their duel has enthralled Formula One fans the world over for two years in a row. But, after the longest winter break in their careers to date, how are Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg shaping up for battle in 2016?

"The highlight of the winter break has been the break! No racing - just family, friends and snowboarding", smiles Lewis. "My pre-season training regime has been a little different this year. It varies - sometimes you start a little earlier, sometimes a little later. Last year I actually stopped training after Austin and started enjoying myself a bit more instead. So, where I would usually start training again around the 22nd December after an end-of-season rest, this time I got back into it on the first of the month. I was able to have a bit of a break over Christmas - but then got straight on it again in January. It's mostly been cardio to keep my weight down, as I bulk up really quickly with weight training. Running, hiking and even some boxing - which was a new and pretty intense experience!"

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Williams Martini Racing Launch the FW38

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The new Williams Mercedes FW38 was unveiled today ahead of the first pre-season test in Barcelona, Spain next week.  For a third successive season the iconic red, white and blue stripes of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING will be lining up on the Formula One grid, with the team looking to build on a successful 2015 season that resulted in four podiums and a third place finish in the Constructors’ Championship.

Commenting on the new FW38 Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, said; “Williams has started to cement our position back amongst the front running teams after finishing third in the Championship in the past two seasons. This has been a great achievement given the resources of those around us. Staying where we are will be a challenge in itself, but we are determined to keep improving because only winning will ever be good enough.

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