Australian GP
Mar 16

F1: Ricciardo Disqualified After Finishing Second In Australian GP

Daniel Ricciardo is seen before the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo is seen before the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Elation turned to desolation for Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the Red Bull driver was stripped of his first podium finish due to a technical breach at Formula One’s season opener.

Ricciardo initially finished second to Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg to become the first homegrown driver to take to the podium in the 29-year history of the Australian GP.

Mar 16

F1: Mercedes’ Rosberg Wins Season-Opening Australian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg takes the win at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg takes the win at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Formula 1′s season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag.

Ricciardo’s exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race.

Mar 15

F1: No Team Orders For Hamilton And Rosberg, Says Mercedes Team Boss

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Nico Rosberg (right) are clear to battle each other for the lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Nico Rosberg (right) are clear to battle each other for the lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

In all likelihood, the Australian GP will quickly develop into a battle between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, which begs the question, will they be allowed to race?

Given the potential challenges of fuel consumption, tire durability and of course reliability, a team boss could be forgiven for imposing orders, especially when his cars have such a big advantage over the rest. Why waste a guaranteed one-two when the cars are still potentially fragile by risking retirement?

Mar 15

F1: Rosberg Fastest In Final Australian Grand Prix Practice

Nico Rosberg drives during the third and final Australian Grand Prix practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg drives during the third and final Australian Grand Prix practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice session for the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, well clear of his rivals.

Rosberg was 1.4 seconds quicker than the next fastest driver, Jenson Button of McLaren, around the Albert Park street circuit.

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Mar 15

F1: Bottas, Gutierrez Hit With Gearbox Penalties

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.

All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.

Under the 2014 rules, gearboxes are supposed to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.