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Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Sunday's Race Report - Struggling start of season for Jenson and Checo

- MP4-28A-05
- Started: 10th
- Finished: 9th
- Fastest lap: 1m30.198s (+0.924s, 7th)
- Pitstops: Three - laps 4 (3.31s), 20 (4.39s) and 37 (2.39s) [Opt-Pri-Pri-Pri]
- Points: 2 (9th)

“Having won the Australian Grand Prix three times so far in my career – in 2009, 2010 and 2012 – you’d have to say that today’s ninth place isn’t really much to write home about.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Sunday's Race Report - Lewis Hamilton 5th

Lewis Hamilton finished his first race for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in fifth place today whilst team-mate Nico Rosberg had to retire his car following an electrical problem midway through the race.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Qualifying Report - Lewis Hamilton 3rd, Nico Rosberg 6th

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified in third and sixth places during the delayed Qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park this morning.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Qualifying Report - Jenson Button 10th, Sergio Perez 15th

- MP4-28A-05
- FP3: 7 laps, 1m33.236s (+6.307s), 17th
- Q1 (on Full Wets then Intermediates): 1m44.688s, 8th
- Q2: 1m36.644s, 4th
- Q3: 1m30.357s, 10th

“A stop-start session like today’s is tough for everyone. For us drivers, it means we have to build ourselves up for the challenge of qualifying again and again – a bit like asking Usain Bolt to get ready for five 100-metre sprints one after the other and aborting four of them.

“That level of disruption creates quite a lot of mental and psychological stress for any athlete – but it was even worse for the fans, who’d been waiting excitedly for qualifying all day long and who then had to sit in the pouring rain with no on-track action to entertain them. So I’m very sorry for them, because the fans are what all sport is ultimately all about, but I hope we can make it up to them tomorrow by putting on a really exciting race.

“Even so, I believe the FIA had no choice. It was the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3 until tomorrow, for safety reasons.

“Having said that, deferring the completion of qualifying until Sunday morning means that I won’t now be able to go for coffee on the beach, which is my traditional pre-race routine here in Melbourne. But, you know, maybe that’s not such a bad thing, because it means I’ll be able to keep my Sunday morning Melbourne coffee as a lucky charm, since I don’t think we’ll be quick enough to win here tomorrow, so my coffee-then-win record here will remain intact.”

- MP4-28A-06
- FP3: 8 laps, 1m33.527s(+6.598s), 18th
- Q1 (on Full Wets then Intermediates): 1m44.300s, 4th
- Q2: 1m39.900s, 15th
- Q3: -

“Well, even though we didn’t manage to finish it, that was a really dramatic qualifying session, full of suspense and excitement.

“But, even though that uncertainty made things tricky for all the teams, I think our guys did a fantastic job. They kept calm and focused throughout the whole session, even in the gaps and delays, and as a result Jenson and I were always confident that everything was totally under control.

“We’ll have to follow a really tight schedule tomorrow – including a very short turn-around between qualifying and race – and that’ll be tough for everyone, especially the guys in the garage. Boys, I appreciate all your hard work in advance, okay?!

“Even so, I think the FIA stewards made the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3. The conditions were becoming too dangerous – in terms of low visibility as well as low grip.

“Tomorrow may be a tricky day for us, because our car isn’t yet as competitive as it’ll become, but our aim will be to score points with both cars so as to keep in touch with the teams who currently appear to be a little way ahead of us in terms of performance.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH - Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Unseasonally heavy rain rendered today’s qualifying session unviable, with the result that we were only able to complete Q1. Q2 and Q3 will be run at 11.00am tomorrow morning, until which time all the cars will be held in parc fermĂ© conditions.

“We started today’s Q1 session on Full Wets [tyres], but Jenson made the canny call to try Intermediates reasonably early, and immediately showed by neatly posting the quickest time theretofore that that was the way to go. Checo followed suit, and also recorded a fast and error-free lap.

“The weather is forecast to be dry tomorrow morning, and obviously we didn’t learn very much today about how our car will perform in the dry because it was so wet this afternoon.

“Time will tell.”

~ Official photos and report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ~

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Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Extreme downpour delays Q2 & Q3 for Sunday

What starts badly usually ends up worse, a quote says. It was the case of today's previously scheduled qualifying session at Albert Park, Melbourne. However, the showers that hit the Australian city totally ruined the plans.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Friday's Free Practice Report - Encouraging session for Lewis and Nico

The 2013 Formula One season got underway today with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completing the first two practice sessions of the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park in Melbourne.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Friday's Free Practice Report - Sluggish start for Jenson and Checo

- MP4-28A-05
- FP1: 1m28.440s (+1.229s), 19 laps, 9th
- FP2: 1m28.294s (+2.386s), 30 laps, 11th

“Clearly, we’re not as quick as we’d like to be, so our task now is to work hard to find out why our car is like it is, particularly in terms of ride and downforce.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Jenson, Sergio and Martin share their thoughts ahead of the Melbourne stage

The Australian Grand Prix has been Formula 1’s curtain raiser for 15 of the last 17 seasons, and on each occasion the race has been staged at Albert Park in Melbourne. The temporary 5.303km/3.295-mile track winds its way around the park’s central lake and it has a predominance of second-gear right-hand bends and chicanes.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Lewis, Nico, Ross and Toto preview the first race of the season at Melbourne

The 2013 Formula One championship gets underway in Melbourne this week with the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, held at the Albert Park circuit in the city. For MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, 2013 sees an exciting new driver pairing with Lewis Hamilton joining the team to partner Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the Silver Arrows cars.

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2012: Race Report - Fantastic win for Jenson (VMM)

- 176th victory for McLaren
- 149th fastest lap for McLaren
- 72nd victory for McLaren, Mercedes and Mobil 1
- 28th victory for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- 13th victory for Jenson Button
- 7th fastest lap for Jenson Button

- MP4-27A-02
- Started: 2nd
- Finished: 1st
- Fastest lap: 1m29.187s (1st)
- Pitstops: two: laps 16 and 36 (Op-Pr-Pr)
- 2011 points: 25 (1st)

“Every victory means a lot – but today shows just how important it was to have a strong winter. The starts of the past two seasons have both been tricky for us, so today is really encouraging. The guys at the circuit and all the men and women back in Woking have done an amazing job to get us here.

“Today means a lot to me, and I’m sure it’ll mean a lot to all of them too: it’ll make those extra hours worked in the early hours of the morning all the more worthwhile, because we know we can do great things with this car.

“At the start, I really wanted to get away fast in the first two laps to avoid the threat of DRS – it wasn’t easy because I had Lewis right on my tail. But the race went smoothly after that. My biggest worry was the late-race Safety Car: I had a 10-second advantage, which was pretty healthy, but the Safety Car cut that to nothing.

“And, since it was 6.00pm, with the sun going down, it was quite difficult to keep temperature in the tyres when we were running slowly behind the Safety Car. That was a big worry for me, but it worked out okay in the end: I got clear of Seb [Vettel] and the DRS zone pretty quickly and was able to pull out an advantage and hold it to the end.

“There’s a huge amount of positives to take away from this weekend: we’ve got a great car and we can fight for the world championships. This is a perfect start to my season and I’m already looking forward to Malaysia.”

- MP4-27A-03
- Started: 1st
- Finished: 3rd
- Fastest lap: 1m29.538s (+0.351s, 4th)
- Pitstops: two: laps 17 and 36 (Op-Pr-Pr)
- Points: 15 (3rd)

“Congratulations to Jenson and the whole team for such a great result today.

“While it’s a bit disappointing not to have been able to convert pole position into victory, I’m not downhearted – there are still plenty of races ahead and lots more opportunities to score points.

“I struggled out there a little – it wasn’t my day. But what’s most important is that we showed today that we have a very quick racing car – that’s a massive positive for the team.

“I’m not sure what happened at the start, but I lost ground and then suffered from tyre degradation at the end of the first stint. Then, at the end of the race, I wasn’t able to close the gap to Seb – he was very quick on the straights which meant that it was always going to be difficult to pass him – so I dropped back into some clear air, then Mark [Webber] put me under pressure.

“I’ll just re-focus now, get my head down and look to the next race. The world championships are all about consistency, so that’s what I’ll be aiming for.”

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Jenson was utterly immaculate today.

“He made a brilliant start, slipping past Lewis who got bogged down momentarily, and after that he controlled the race with consummate authority.

“Lewis, too, drove extremely well, but was unfortunately deprived of second place when the Safety Car was deployed late in the race. A Vodafone McLaren Mercedes one-two had been there for the taking; but I guess it’s a very good sign when you feel a little disappointed by a one-three, so we’ll settle for that!

“We never under-estimate our opposition, and undoubtedly there’s a long hard road ahead of us between now and the end of the season. But we’ve started well, and in a few days’ time we’ll roll into Sepang, Malaysia, hungry to score a repeat victory.

“I want to thank everyone at not only Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, but also at Mercedes AMG HighPerformancePowertrains, for a fantastic effort over the past few weeks and months. We’ve all worked incredibly hard – and, today, in dappled late-afternoon sunshine in Melbourne’s Albert Park, all that hard work paid off.”

* Official photos and report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes *

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Australian F1 Grand Prix 2012: Race Report - Nico P12, Michael DNF (MBAMGF1)

A strong weekend in Melbourne came to a disappointing end for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team today with Nico Rosberg finishing the Australian Grand Prix in 12th place and team-mate Michael Schumacher retiring.

• Both drivers had excellent starts with Michael making up one place to third, and Nico moving from seventh to fourth
• Michael was still running in third position when a gearbox problem forced him to retire the car on lap 11
• Nico ran a two stop race with an option/option/prime tyre strategy, stopping on laps 12 and 31
• He would have finished in the points before a clash with Perez on the last lap dropped him to back to 12th place
Nico Rosberg
“I had a perfect start today and was able to gain three positions, however unfortunately we weren’t able to maintain that pace, and the race did not turn out as we had hoped. The end was particularly unfortunate with Perez when we touched on the straight, causing a puncture which took away a points scoring finish. We have a lot of work to do to understand what went wrong, and how we can use the full potential which our car definitely shows. I’m still positive as Malaysia is a completely different track so I’m looking ahead to next weekend now.”

Michael Schumacher
“It was an unfortunate end to my race when I lost drive going into turn one. I was trying different gears and occasionally the drive came back, but in the end, I had to go onto the grass to avoid the risk of the car being forced into a spin. It was especially unfortunate as we have not had this problem during the winter tests and were very reliable. This is why I am not concerned, as I know things like this happen in racing, and our reliability is not in question. I believe I could have had a good race this afternoon and I can still take some positives out of the weekend, as we have seen our car was confirming our feelings, and is definitely a clear step forward. We can now build on that and start improving further.”

Ross Brawn
“After a very encouraging weekend, today was not a good result for us. Despite excellent starts, both Michael and Nico had difficulties from the start of the race with their tyres. With the development of the circuit and the track temperatures, we fell out of the working window, and struggled with degradation. However we remain positive as both here and over the winter tests, we have demonstrated that we have a fundamentally quick car and we have a lot to build on. So we need to look at what happened today, unravel the problem and work out where we need to improve.”

Norbert Haug
“Michael was defending third place when his gearbox had a problem which caused his retirement. Nico did not have the necessary speed due to problems in the tyre usage, the reason for which we are currently investigating. The collision on the last lap cost Nico points but more concerning for us today is that we could not use the tyres as we did during testing and earlier this weekend. The team will work hard to understand the problem and to be in better shape next week in Malaysia.”

Official photos and report courtesy of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

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