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Hamilton takes1st pole of the 2014 season

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m44.231s

2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m44.548s +0.317s

3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.595s +0.364s

4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m45.745s +1.514s

5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.819s +1.588s

6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m45.864s +1.633s

7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m46.030s +1.799s

8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m47.360s +3.129s

9. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m48.079s +3.848s

10. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m48.147s +3.916s

11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.437s +2.173s

12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.494s +2.230s

13. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m44.668s +2.404s

14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m45.655s +3.391s

15. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m45.867s +3.603s

16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m47.293s +5.029s

17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m34.293s +4.118s

18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m34.794s +4.619s

19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.117s +4.942s

20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m35.157s +4.982s

21. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m36.993s +6.818s

22. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault

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The Australian GP

Result - 57 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h32m58.710s

2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +24.525s

3. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +26.777s

4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +30.027s

5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +35.284s

6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +47.639s

7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +50.718s

8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +57.675s

9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +1m00.441s

10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m03.585s

11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1m25.916s

12. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

14. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps

15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +8 laps*

* Not classified

Retirements:

Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 laps

Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 29 laps

Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 27 laps

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3 laps

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 laps

Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 laps

Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 laps

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Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has been excluded from the Australian Grand Prix after breaching fuel consumption rules.

The Australian, 24, crossed the line second, behind race winner Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in Melbourne.

The sport's governing body, the FIA, have installed a fuel-flow sensor in each car to ensure teams do not exceed the maximum fuel-flow rate of 100kg/h.

The stewards found that Ricciardo's car exceeded the rate "consistently" and he was disqualified as a result.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second with his team-mate Jenson Button moving up to third.

Ricciardo's podium would have been the first of his career and came on his debut with Red Bull.

The Australian replaced Mark Webber following promotion from the outfit's junior team Toro Rosso.

The sport has introduced a host of new rules this season, including a limit of no more than 100kg for a race distance and a maximum fuel-flow rate.

Teams were warned before the race that violations would lead to disqualifications.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement: "During the race, car number three [Ricciardo] has exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel-flow of 100kg/h.

"This is not in compliance with Formula 1 regulations

BBC

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Intruiging but ultimately dissapointing race. Denied any kind of race at the very front as soon as Hamilton retired given Mercedes' dominance.

Magnusson looks like the real-deal and great to see Williams and McLaren back up to speed.

What's wrong with Kimi? Was his car broken or is he just not enjoying the new type of car?

Not sure what's going on with this fuel issue with the Red Bull...not enough info given on the BBC's highlights for me to have an opinion. If they were over the limit then fair enough he should be out, but never good to see race results decided off track.

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Red Bull formally lodges Daniel Ricciardo Australian GP appeal

Red Bull has formally lodged its appeal with the FIA over Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix, AUTOSPORT has learned.

The reigning Formula 1 champion team had until today to decide whether or not it would follow through with its intention to fight Ricciardo's exclusion.

The Australian lost his second place in Melbourne because the FIA claimed that the team exceeded the maximum 100kg per hour fuel flow rate that is allowed

The team has denied it broke the regulations, however. It argues that the FIA fuel flow sensor was giving a wrong reading, which is why it chose to rely on its own fuel data from the race.

Under new regulations introduced this year, Red Bull had 96 hours from the stewards' decision on Sunday night to notify the FIA of its decision. That time frame ended on Thursday afternoon.

An FIA spokesman confirmed to AUTOSPORT on Thursday that shortly before that deadline expired, Red Bull lodged its paperwork.

It is understood that the FIA's court of appeal will now process the application and a date for the hearing should be finalised by the end of this week.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/113023

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Sebastian Vettel has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year following his historic Formula One world title triumph.

The Red Bull star was honoured at the annual ceremony in Malaysia for a record-breaking 2013 that saw him become the youngest driver to win four championships and equal the record of nine successive race wins set by Alberto Ascari in 1953.

“It’s a big honour. It’s one of the most special trophies I have received,” said Vettel following a ceremony filled with tributes to those affected by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Vettel was selected by Laureus Academy members ahead of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal and LeBron James.

American swimmer Missy Franklin succeeded Jessica Ennis as World Sportswoman of the year following her record-breaking six World Championships gold medals.

Bayern Munich won Team of the Year after winning every competition they entered in 2013, including the Champions League.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/sebastian-vettel/10724822/Laureus-Awards-Sebastian-Vettel-named-World-Sportsman-of-the-Year.html

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Stunning laps from Hamilton and Vettel. Button again outqualified by his rookie teammate but this time no excuse. And amazing how different those Williams are in the wet.

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The Malaysian GP Qualifying

1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m59.431s 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m59.486s  +0.055s 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m00.050s  +0.619s 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m00.175s  +0.744s 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m00.541s  +1.110s 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m01.218s  +1.787s 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m01.712s  +2.281s 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m02.213s  +2.782s 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m03.078s  +3.647s10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m04.053s  +4.622s11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m02.351s  +3.310s12. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.369s  +3.328s13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m02.460s  +3.419s14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m02.511s  +3.470s15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m02.756s  +3.715s16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m02.885s  +3.844s17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m02.074s  +4.891s18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.131s  +4.948s19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m02.702s  +5.519s20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      2m03.595s  +6.412s21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m04.388s  +7.205s22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m04.407s  +7.224s

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Bottas has been given a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo,

no further action over the incident between Alonso and Kvyat in Q2...

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the Malaysian GP

 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m40m25.974s 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +17.313s 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +24.534s 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +35.992s 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +47.199s 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +1m23.691s 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.076s 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.537s 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +1 lap10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1 lap11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           +1 lap12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +1 lap13. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault        +1 lap14. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        +2 laps15. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        +2 lapsRetirements:    Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        49 laps    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          35 laps    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          32 laps    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        8 laps    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           7 laps    Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    0 lapsDrivers' championship:  1. Nico Rosberg       43 2. Lewis Hamilton     25    3. Fernando Alonso    24    4. Jenson Button      23    5. Kevin Magnussen    20    6. Nico Hulkenberg    18    7. Sebastian Vettel   15    8. Valtteri Bottas    14    9. Kimi Raikkonen     6    10. Felipe Massa       6   11. Jean-Eric Vergne   4   12. Daniil Kvyat       3   13. Sergio Perez       1   

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Ricciardo was handed a 10 place grid penalty for next week's Bahrain Grand Prix after Formula One stewards ruled he had left the pits in an unsafe manner in Sunday's Malaysian race.

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Williams apologise to drivers, fans for team orders

MANAMA (Reuters) - Williams apologised to their drivers and Formula One fans on Thursday for a clumsy, and ultimately failed, attempt to impose "team orders" in Malaysia last weekend.

Deputy principal Claire Williams told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the team had erred in asking Brazilian Felipe Massa to let team mate Valtteri Bottas pass because he was faster.

Massa ignored the request - which was delivered over the team radio and heard worldwide via the television feed - and finished seventh, one place ahead of the Finn.

"Our fans expect us as a team to let our drivers race, and that's the overriding disappointment," said Williams.

"For our fans we want to apologise for that because we didn't handle it in the best way, and to let them down is not the way we want to go.

"We didn't handle the situation for either of our drivers particularly well, so of course we've apologised to our drivers."

The order scratched several old sores, coming early in the season at a circuit where coded instructions to Red Bull and Mercedes drivers last year triggered a lingering controversy and talk about the pecking order within those teams.

The phrase used by Williams was also almost identical to an infamous one that Massa heard when he was leading the 2010 German Grand Prix while Fernando Alonso's team mate at Ferrari.

"Felipe, Fernando is faster than you," has haunted Massa ever since and the Brazilian, who did as he was told that day, has ranked it among the worst moments of his career.

ONLY HUMAN

Williams, who took only five points in a miserable 2013 season but already have four times as many on the scoreboard after two races, said the team would make sure things were done differently in future.

She said the team had simply been caught out by a scenario that arose on the day.

"Now we have procedures in place so if it does happen again then we are prepared for that and, although you can't prepare for every scenario, hopefully we've got things covered.

"The instruction that was given in the way it was given, considering history, wasn't the most advised. But engineers - sat on a pitwall that is a highly pressurised environment - are people and people can sometimes make the wrong calls.

"We're only human, at the end of the day," she added. "But as long as we correct them and hold our hands up, that's the most important thing."

Massa, who spent much of his time at Ferrari battling in vain against the perception that he was the number two driver, was happy the air had been cleared.

He said his relationship with the former champions he joined at the end of last season, bringing with him some important Brazilian sponsors, had not been damaged and there were no lingering tensions.

"I believe that what's happened on the last race won't happen again," he told reporters.

"Team orders is part of our sport but it needs to be part of our sport when it's necessary. Everybody here is intelligent enough to understand when it's necessary and when it's not.

"When I do something that is my mistake, I will be the first one to say sorry. And the team was the first one to say sorry as well."

Bottas was also confident everyone was now clear about procedures.

"Things are okay," he said. "There are some things which are quite confidential with the team's rules and how you play it. We don't want to get into the finer details. There are different scenarios, and everything's sorted."

Reuters

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/04/williams-apologise-drivers-fans-team-orders

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Bahrain Qualifying

 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m33.185s 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m33.464s  +0.279s 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.051s  +0.866s 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m34.247s  +1.062s 5. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m34.346s  +1.161s 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m34.368s  +1.183s 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.387s  +1.202s 8. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m34.511s  +1.326s 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.712s  +1.527s10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m34.992s  +1.807s11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.985s  +1.277s12. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m35.116s  +1.408s13. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.145s  +1.437s14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.286s  +1.578s15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m35.891s  +2.183s16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m35.908s  +2.200s17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m36.663s  +1.789s18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.840s  +1.966s19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m37.085s  +2.211s20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.310s  +2.436s21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m37.875s  +3.001s22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.913s  +3.039s

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1. Maldonado is a bloody idiot.

2. That was the best race in a while and would've been even if we didn't have the safety car at the end.

3. Nothing wrong with having a dominant car when you've got two closely matched drivers at the front. Looks like Montezemello picked the wrong week to give up on 2014.

4. For Lewis to defend at the end with the slower tyres and with Rosberg bearing down on him with DRS was epic. What a drive!

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