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Fernando Alonso 'prepared for difficult weekend' in Melbourne

Fernando Alonso is under no illusions that he and McLaren face a "difficult weekend" at the season opening race in Melbourne, following eight days of testing which couldn't have been much worse for the Woking team. McLaren were the ninth slowest team during testing and their best stint lasted just 11 laps before reliability troubles with their Honda power unit forced them to stop. It's believed the Honda engine is causing vibrations which are literally shaking it apart,...

Read 5 days ago, Grand Prix Times, McLaren

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Bottas "didn't meet" his expectations in first Mercedes qualifying

Bottas "didn't meet" his expectations in first Mercedes qualifying

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Read 15 hours ago, Motorsport.com, Mercedes

Vettel blames balance for gap to Hamilton

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Read 1 day ago, Motorsport.com

Red Bull lacking both power and downforce, says Verstappen

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Read 10 hours ago, Motorsport.com, Red Bull Racing

Ferrari defends media lockdown

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The Maranello outfit has not made leading team figures available for the media so far this season – and decided against having Kimi Raikkonen speak to the press on the Thursday of the Australian Grand...

Read 1 day ago, Motorsport.com, Ferrari

Hamilton: Mercedes gains since testing "like night and day"

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Hamilton was more than half a second clear of his nearest rival in both Friday sessions in Melbourne, after Mercedes spent most of testing slower than Ferrari. After the two weeks at Barcelona, Hamilton...

Read 1 day ago, Motorsport.com, Mercedes