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McLaren Happy after Strong Start

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was pleased after he put McLaren out in front on Friday after the first practice sessions for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Karthikeyan Hindered by Oil Leak

Narain Karthikeyan's Grand Prix debut was hindered by an oil leak which saw him failing to set a competitive laptime in the opening practice session in Melbourne.

Heidfeld Surprised by Williams' Pace

German driver Nick Heidfeld was pleased with the start of his first Grand Prix with the Williams-BMW team after finishing as third quickest in practice in Melbourne.

Fisichella Upbeat about Chances

Giancarlo Fisichella says he is "very optimistic" following the opening day of the first Grand Prix of the 2005 season in Australia.

Ralf: Toyota Stronger than Expected

Ralf Schumacher claimed he was surprised by the pace of his Toyota following today's practice session for the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Massa Encouraged by Strong Start

Brazilian Felipe Massa was encouraged after a strong start to his 2005 season in Friday's practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Liuzzi Positive Despite Poor Second Session

Vitantonio Liuzzi, the reigning Formula 3000 champion, remained positive after suffering a rollercoaster ride on his Formula One debut for Red Bull Racing in Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Montoya: Raikkonen and I Not Prost and Senna

Juan Pablo Montoya has played down suggestions that his partnership with Kimi Raikkonen could be negative for the McLaren team this season.

Mosley Defends New Rules

FIA president Max Mosley said on Friday that the sport will have to wait until the first few races have been run before declaring the new regulations a success.

Q & A with FIA President Max Mosley

Conducted and provided by the FIA press office

Horner Happy with Red Bull's Debut Performance

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner branded his team's session-topping debut at Albert Park as "a great start for everyone involved" after seeing all three cars finish in the top ten in Friday's opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso Responds to Laziness Criticism

Renault star Fernando Alonso has hit back at renewed accusations that he does not work hard enough to exploit his supreme natural talent – and has blamed his team for starting the rumours in the first place.

Grapevine: Melbourne Parade's Safety Criticized

The Grand Prix Street Parade, run on Wednesday in Melbourne, has drawn fire from local police and politicians over serious safety issues resulting from excessive speed of the drivers involved.

Thursday's Press Conference - Australian GP

Participating: Jenson Button (BAR), Narain Karthikeyan (Jordan), Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren), Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Williams).

Hill Critical of Current Formula One

Former World Champion Damon Hill has criticised the current level of politics in Formula One – claiming that the sport's chiefs have moved it so far away from the public that it has become 'tragic'.

Grapevine: Melbourne Parade a Success

The promoters of the first ever F1 Street Parade in Melbourne have deemed the event a success, claiming 150,000 fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of some of their racing heroes.

Jordan Aiming for Race Finish

Jordan Grand Prix will be happy to come away from this weekend's season opening Australian Grand Prix with just a race finish following the huge upheaval that the outfit has experienced over the winter.

Australia Preview Quotes: Red Bull

David Coulthard: "This is the start of an exciting adventure for Red Bull Racing, and following a promising winter testing program, I am looking forward to making my debut and I am optimistic for the season ahead."

Grapevine: No Plane Ride for F1 Drivers in Australia

The build-up to the Australian Grand Prix will be missing one of its annual popular sideshows this year with the Australian air force deciding to cancel its pre-season ride in a plane for one of the top Formula One drivers.

Q & A with Toyota's Luca Marmorini

Conducted and provided by Toyota's press office.

Ecclestone Eyes Russian Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes Russia can finally achieve its dream of hosting a Grand Prix, even though recent attempts at an event in the country have all fallen through.

Australia Preview Quotes: McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen: "I am really looking forward to the new season in Australia. Everyone within the team has been working flat-out on the test track and back at base in preparation for 2005. The team is motivated and we are all excited to be getting back to racing. The tests during the pre-season were productive, the speed is there and the car is easy to drive, but it is impossible to say where we are until Australia, what we do know is that it will be an interesting year. The coming weekend will be the first time we will be racing with the new regulations for tyres, engines and qualifying. We will have to take more care of our Michelins, particularly during second qualifying and the early parts of the race, to make sure you don't damage them under braking for example, which can lead to flat spotting a tyre, with the consequence of losing grip. The circuit in Albert Park is quite flowing, with some fast corners and sweeping curves, and it lets you build up a good rhythm. The two best overtaking chances are at the end of the start finish straight and through the left flick of turn 11. The track comprised of closed public roads is dusty and never generates much grip so the tyre wear is low."

Australia Preview Quotes: Bridgestone

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport: "We are very much looking forward to this

Australia Preview Quotes: Sauber

Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "It's going to be a very interesting start to the season, because of the new regulations. The new aerodynamic rules are quite drastic, with heavy revisions to the front and rear which have cost everyone quite a lot of downforce and made the cars a little more nervous.

Dupasquier: Don't Blame Tyres for Performance

The new tyre regulations will put the onus on the drivers and teams and not on the tyre suppliers, Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier has warned.

Michelin Expect Less Grip in Melbourne

The new tyre rules, restricting each car to one set of tyres per race, will see less rubber laid down on the Albert Park track and therefore less grip throughout the weekend, according to Michelin's motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier.

Red Bull Confirm Smith, Sign Ferrari's Stipinovich

Red Bull have confirmed today the signing of Mark Smith as deputy technical director, and also revealed they have signed Ferrari's software engineer Anton Stipinovich as head of development.

Schumacher to Rivals: Stop Talking, Start Proving

World Champion Michael Schumacher issued a challenge to his would be rivals this season, telling them to stop talking and start proving.

Villeneuve Getting Accustomed to Life at Sauber

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve downplayed expectations for his racing debut in a Sauber, when the 2005 season begins in Melbourne next weekend.

Australia Preview Quotes: BAR

Jenson Button: "The season has come around so quickly but it's great to be heading to Melbourne again. Personally I can't wait to get stuck into what will be a challenging and exciting year for myself and the team. Our success last season is a tough act for us to follow but we have made good progress over the winter and the past couple of tests in particular have given us a much better idea of the car's real potential. It will be very interesting to see how the new regulations pan out on the race track and the new qualifying format is going to be more mentally challenging for all of the drivers. I'm the fittest I have ever been though and have worked really hard over the close season to make sure I go into this season with the best preparation possible.

Grapevine: Villeneuve Movie Announced

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has agreed to support a feature film based on the life of himself and famous father Gilles, which is due to begin production next year.

Australia Preview Quotes: Williams

Mark Webber: "Clearly Melbourne is a very special race for me as I'll be competing in front of my home country. It's always a great experience and the party atmosphere around Albert Park is amazing. I hope we can give the crowd something to cheer about by getting the new season off to a good start. I feel I always drive pretty well at Melbourne, it's a track I quite enjoy, but it's always a tough race in terms of reliability,  I've had two non-finishes in the last two years but finished fifth in my first race there. I would love to improve upon that result this year.

Brawn Proud Of 'Best' Ferrari

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is proud of the team's latest creation, the F2005, saying it is the best car that Ferrari has produced.

Martinelli Describes 055 Engine

Conducted and provided by Ferrari's press office.

Byrne Outlines F2005 Changes

Conducted and provided by Ferrari's press office.

Ferrari Launch the F2005 in Maranello

Ferrari have launched their 2005 car, the F2005, in Maranello today.

Jordan Sign Doornbos as Third Driver

The Jordan Grand Prix team have announced today that they have signed Robert Doornbos as the team's third driver and reserve test driver for the 2005 season.

Jordan Present their Car and Drivers in Moscow

Jordan brought Formula One to Russia today, presenting its car and drivers Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan in Red Square in Moscow.

Teams Complete Valencia Test - Final Day

Formula One's pre-season testing came to an end on Thursday as three teams completed their work at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

Rain Hampers Valencia Test - Day Three

Heavy rain during most of the day hindered the teams on their third day of work at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The Spanish track was wet during the whole session, and there was little work done by the five Formula One teams present.

Snow Hits Silverstone Test Again

Poor weather again hampered the second day of testing at the Silverstone circuit, where the session began with a covering of snow on the British track.

Webber Tops the Times at Valencia - Day Two

Australian Mark Webber completed on Tuesday his final day of work before the season opening race in Melbourne with the quickest time on the second day of testing at Valencia.

Williams Rule Out Winning Start

Frank Williams and Patrick Head have said that Williams are unlikely to compete for victory in Melbourne when the 2005 season kicks off.

McLaren Duo Quickest at Valencia - Day One

Three Formula One teams kicked off on Monday their final test before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, working at the Valencia circuit.

Poor Weather Hampers Sauber At Imola

Poor weather caused problems for Sauber on day two of their three day test at Imola on Sunday, as rain and then snow led to minimal running during the day.

Massa on Top as Sauber and Minardi Test at Imola

Brazilian Felipe Massa topped the times at Imola today, where Sauber and Minardi began their final testing session before the 2005 season begins in Australia, in less than two weeks.

Renault Pair Fly Again at Barcelona - Final Day

The Renault F1 team completed another impressive testing session today, as the Barcelona test came to an end for this week.

Klien to Race for Red Bull in Australia

The Red Bull Racing team today confirmed that Austrian Christian Klien will partner David Coulthard at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

BAR Wrap Up Testing at Valencia

The BAR-Honda team on Thursday completed their exclusive three-day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain.

De la Rosa Shines at Barcelona - Day Three

Pedro de la Rosa moved his McLaren-Mercedes team to the top of the timesheets on the penultimate day of this week's test at the Barcelona circuit.

Renault Continue to Shine at Barcelona - Day Two

Times continued to improve on the second day of this week's testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, with Renault again showing impressive form.

Jordan Plays Down GPWC Threat

Former team owner Eddie Jordan has played down the threat of a rival series to Formula One, saying Bernie Ecclestone is the only credible solution.

Alonso Sets Pace at Barcelona - Day One

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso set a blistering pace on the opening day of this week's testing at the Barcelona circuit, where seven Formula One teams got back to work.

Minardi Confirm Friesacher for 2005

Austrian Patrick Friesacher will race with the Minardi team during the 2005 season, the Formula One squad confirmed today.

De la Rosa Says he Will Drive Third McLaren

Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa has claimed he will drive the third McLaren on Friday at the season opening Australian Grand Prix next month.

Button Ups his Pace at Jerez - Final Day

Briton Jenson Button upped the pace of his BAR-Honda 007 on Friday to top the times on the final day of this week's testing at the Jerez circuit.

Alonso Urges Renault to Improve Reliability

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso says his Renault team need to improve their reliability before the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Q & A with Renault's Pat Symonds

Conducted and provided by Renault's press office.