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Malaysia Preview Quotes: Jordan

Narain Karthikeyan: "After the first race in Australia, I went directly to Malaysia to prepare physically for the tough weather conditions. I have trained a lot outdoors, about four hours a day, especially doing some cardio work. I have also been around the track and the first things I have noticed are that it is not very clean and it is very wide. However, I think it will suit my style of driving. I am a little bit worried about the very hot conditions here in Malaysia, as it is very humid. Physically, it will be very challenging but I will push hard for it, as I did in Australia and hopefully finish the race again."

Dudot to Retire at the End of March

Bernard Dudot, the current deputy managing director of the Renault F1 team, has decided to retire at the end of this month, the French squad said today.

FIA Moves to Close Engine Rules Loophole

Formula One's ruling body will not allow teams to retire their cars during a race to benefit from a loophole in the regulations, the FIA said today.

Malaysia Preview Quotes: Toyota

Jarno Trulli: "I was buoyed by our front row starting position in Australia because it wasn't all down to the weather conditions in qualifying. The TF105 was well suited to Albert Park and I was pleased with the car's behaviour over the weekend. Therefore, I am confident for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Sepang is an interesting track technically and one of the most demanding of the season for drivers because of the intense heat and humidity. With the new technical regulations for engines and tyres, we could see some surprises and upsets this weekend. I hope we fall into the former category. We missed out on points in Melbourne, but I looking to rectify that in Sepang."

Malaysia Preview Quotes: McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen: "Sepang, a medium to high downforce circuit, is fairly technical in nature. You need for good traction on the exit of the slow corners, such as 14 and 15 towards the end of the lap, as it is important to carry speed onto the two long straights that follow to get a good lap time. Also, the car must be stable under braking and work well through the direction changes at high speed, such as those in sector two. Despite its overall flowing nature, the track is physically very demanding on both the drivers and the cars, for example we have a higher flow into the radiators to try and keep everything cool. The track is very wide, up to 15 metres in places, and has various camber changes. The extra width allows more than one racing line, which makes overtaking possible with turn 15 being probably the best chance."

Malaysia Preview Quotes: Red Bull

David Coulthard: "They say you're only as good as your last race, so although the Melbourne result was a great morale booster, we now have to start all over again in a race that will be a much tougher proposition. Since Australia, I've been training hard in hot weather for what is one of the most physically demanding races of the season, while discovering it's hard to get a tan through a beard! I've finished second and third at Sepang in the past. That will be hard to match, but I will be trying my best to bring home some more points."

Villeneuve Reacts to Criticism

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has reacted to criticism over his disappointing performance in the Australian Grand Prix, stating again that a poor tyre choice was entirely to blame.

Badoer Encouraged with F2005

Ferrari tester Luca Badoer has spoken glowingly about the team's new car, the F2005, on the last day of testing in Jerez, stating that the new car is better than the one raced in Melbourne.

Malaysia Preview Quotes: BAR

Jenson Button: "The Australian Grand Prix was disappointing, but it was great to finally get back to racing. After our success last season, the result in Australia clearly wasn't the way we wanted to start the season. We have a lot of work to do to get back up to where we need to be. There are some issues we need to address before Malaysia, but I am confident that we will have these solved and I am looking forward to the next race at Sepang."

Malaysia Preview Quotes: Bridgestone

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport: "We have had a good start to our 2005 campaign considering that the weather affected the race in Australia, and now move on to one of the hottest races of the year in Malaysia. Evaluating our performance in the first race, our technical personnel have obviously done a good job over the winter period and I expect we will be able to demonstrate our full potential in Sepang. We have confidence in our tyres' performance and durability and hope to give the people of Malaysia a good show. Kuala Lumpur is an important hub in Asia and we are looking forward to seeing people from all over the region when they come to watch the race."

Montagny on Top for Renault at Jerez - Final Day

Four Formula One teams were in action today at the Jerez circuit to wrap up their testing programme for the week.

Malaysia Preview Quotes: Williams

Mark Webber: "I have both good and bad memories of Malaysia. Obviously, qualifying on the front row last year was great, but then I had a very poor start. The race is a tremendous challenge for the drivers and the teams because of the high temperatures, and the impact this has on car cooling, braking and tyre performance. Despite all of this, I think Sepang is a very, very good circuit. The weather can be quite unpredictable though, it's always one thing or the other, and when it rains, it really rains. I think we'll get a true reflection of people's pace at Sepang because the results from qualifying one in Melbourne were affected by heavy rain. If we get a consistent weekend in Malaysia, we will get an idea of where everyone stands. Because of all these variables, I'm looking forward to the Malaysian Grand Prix."

Malaysia Preview Quotes: Sauber

Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "Sepang requires the maximum downforce we can muster under the new regulations. However, because of the high ambient temperatures, adequate cooling is also essential to ensure reliability. This will be particularly critical because under the new rules this will be the second race weekend for the Petronas engines that we ran in Australia. The track characteristic is a good mix of slow-speed corners where traction is crucial, and high-speed sweeps that require high stability. So the challenge for the engineers is to find the right compromise. The surface has a medium grip level and is quite abrasive, and together with the high track temperatures that adds up to the toughest test of the tyres as we may only use one set for qualifying and the race. A careful choice from the two Michelin specifications will therefore be of particular importance on Friday."

Zonta Sets the Pace at Jerez - Day Three

Ricardo Zonta set the quickest time on the third day of testing at the Jerez circuit, where Ferrari's new car was measured for the first time against its rivals.

Gene Goes Fastest at Jerez - Day Two

Spanish test driver Marc Gene finished on top of the times on this week's second day of testing at the Jerez circuit.

Q & A with Bob Bell

Conducted and provided by Renault's press office.

Horner: More to Come from Coulthard

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner promised to put the fizz back into David Coulthard this season and claimed the Scot can still step up another gear after a stunning debut for the team last weekend.

Horner Delighted with Red Bull Form

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner said the double points finish the team scored in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday was more than he had ever dreamed of in the build up to the new season.

Schumacher Says No One to Blame for Crash

World Champion Michael Schumacher refused to take the blame for the collision between him and compatriot Nick Heidfeld after both of them were forced out of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Friesacher Pleased with First Race Finish

Austrian Patrick Friesacher was happy to complete his maiden Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit on Sunday.

Alonso Rues Time Lost Behind Villeneuve

Fernando Alonso said on Sunday that his failure to pass Jacques Villeneuve in the opening stages of the Australian Grand Prix might have cost his Renault team a one-two finish in the season-opening event.

Heidfeld Blames Schumacher for Crash

German Nick Heidfeld blamed World Champion Michael Schumacher for the incident that put both men out of the Australian Grand Prix.

Symonds Expecting Harder Times for Renault

Renault technical chief Pat Symonds said that his team are expecting tighter battles in the coming races after sealing a dominant victory and a double podium finish in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Jordan Duo Pleased with Race Finish

Narain Karthikeyan was pleased after making it to the end of his first ever Formula One Grand Prix in Australia on Sunday.

Dennis Laments Montoya's Mistake

McLaren boss Ron Dennis said his team's new recruit Juan Pablo Montoya threw away a possible podium finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Toyota Boss Encouraged Despite No Points

Toyota's team principal Tsutomu Tomita said he was encouraged by his team's TF105 car despite a poor result at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Coulthard Dreaming of Podium Finish

David Coulthard said that his Red Bull Racing team's double points finish on their debut in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix proves they mean business this season.

Villeneuve Downbeat after Poor Race

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve was downbeat after a very disappointing first race with Sauber at Australian Grand Prix.

Barrichello: Ferrari Still Strong

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello believes his second place at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix shows Ferrari are competitive despite using their old car.

Happy Fisichella Confident of More Glory

Giancarlo Fisichella has tipped himself to enjoy a successful season with Renault this year after winning the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in dominant style on his return to the team.

Stoddart Calls for Mosley to Step Down

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has called for FIA president Max Mosley to resign following the controversy surrounding the Australian Grand Prix.

Coulthard Looking to Score Points

Scot David Coulthard is looking to score his first points with the Red Bull team at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Webber Rules Out Fighting Top Trio

Mark Webber said on Saturday that his Williams team will not be able to compete with Renault, McLaren and Ferrari in Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix but insisted they are at least a match for all the other teams.

Sato Rues Qualifying Mistake

Takuma Sato blamed the tricky conditions at the Albert Park circuit for his crash during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Karthikeyan Happy with Qualifying Showing

Formula One rookie Narain Karthikeyan was happy with his first qualifying for a Grand Prix despite taking place in very tricky conditions.

Schumacher, Raikkonen Remain Philosophical

World Champion Michael Schumacher and front-running rival Kimi Raikkonen remained upbeat despite seeing their hopes of victory in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix virtually wiped out in Saturday's first qualifying session.

Albers Satisfied with First Qualifying Effort

Dutchman Christijan Albers was satisfied after completing his first ever Formula One qualifying session in Australia today.

Villeneuve Counts Himself Lucky

Sauber's Jacques Villeneuve counted himself lucky after finishing in fourth position in today's first qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Webber Refuses to Judge Heidfeld's Performance

Mark Webber was quick to steer away from comparing his performance to his new Williams teammate Nick Heidfeld after setting the third fastest time in Saturday's first qualifying for his home Grand Prix.

Delighted Trulli Hoping for Points Finish

Jarno Trulli said on Saturday that he could not have had a better start to the season after finishing a lucky second in the opening qualifying session for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

'Lucky' Fisichella Targets Victory

Giancarlo Fisichella said this could be his lucky season after seeing fate smile on him as he all but claimed his second career pole position in first qualifying for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Stewart: Webber will Deliver but Needs More Time

Former world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has tipped Australian Mark Webber to reach the top of Formula One but warned his fans he needs time to bed in at Williams before he starts to see success.

Ecclestone Tells Stoddart to Leave F1

Formula One commercial rights owner Bernie Ecclestone has lashed out at Minardi owner Paul Stoddart, saying the Australian should leave Formula One.

McLaren Announce New Associate Partner

The McLaren Mercedes team have signed Switzerland-based diamond group Steinmetz as associate partner from this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

Ecclestone Proposes New Testing Rules

Formula One commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone has come up with a solution for the stalemate between the "Group of Nine" and Ferrari in their argument about testing restrictions - test on Monday after each race.

Friday's Press Conference - Australian GP

Participating: Pierre Dupasquier (Michelin), Nick Fry (BAR), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Colin Kolles (Jordan) and Hiroshi Yasukawa (Bridgestone).

BAR Would Sacrifice Championship Spot for Wins

New BAR-Honda boss Nick Fry said in Australia on Friday that the team will happily risk sacrificing their position in the Championship to secure their first ever victory this season.

Jordan Claim Contract with Smith

Red Bull Racing appear to have a fight on their hands to obtain the services of much-heralded designer Mark Smith after his former team Jordan claimed they still have him under contract.

Minardi Receive Mixed Backing from Rivals

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has received mixed backing in his efforts to run non-conforming cars in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix despite assertions from all teams except Ferrari that they will be allowed to take to the grid.

Coulthard Plays Down Friday Performance

David Coulthard says his new Red Bull Racing team's performance on the opening day of the season in Melbourne on Friday is not an indicator to their chances of success in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Button Missing Third Car

Jenson Button said in Melbourne on Friday that his BAR-Honda team's second-placed Championship finish last year could seriously affect their chances of fighting at the front this season.

Schumacher Surprised by Sauber, Red Bull Pace

World Champion Michael Schumacher said he was surprised by the pace of the Sauber and Red Bull teams in today's opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Button Still Unsure about BAR's Pace

Briton Jenson Button said he was still unsure about BAR's pace following today's free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.