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Valtteri Bottas left rueing Q3 crash; starts P15 Australian Grand Prix - Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start the Melbourne race from P15 after crashing his car during the Q3 session. While teammate Lewis Hamilton claimed an emphatic pole position, the Finn was already back in the garage at the end of Q3.

F1 documentary set for Netflix as part of sport's expansion plans Netflix will make a documentary series on the 2018 Formula One season as part of a bid to entice new fans, the sport's rights holders have announced ahead of the opening race in Australia.

Lewis Hamilton jokes he wanted to 'wipe the smile off' Sebastian Vettel's face Hamilton: I was waiting to put a good lap in - plus, wipe the smile off your face." Vettel: I think he said it so quick the first time I didn't get it, so now I got it, thanks for repeating it. I think what goes around comes around. At the end of the day that's why we're here, we want to have fun.

Mercedes' Wolff reassures Bottas after Australian GP qualifying crash Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he will not allow Valtteri Bottas to feel that he is under any extra pressure despite his Australian Grand Prix qualifying crash. Bottas, who crashed exiting Turn 1 in Q3, has been unable to match the pace of polesitting team-mate Lewis Hamilton throughout the Melbourne weekend so far.

Rosberg Has Hailed Hamilton's "Unbelievably Special" Qualifying Performance Nico Rosberg was left stunned by Lewis Hamilton's pole lap but was also sympathetic towards the early woes of Valtteri Bottas.

New cars up to 1.9s faster than 2017 - but one team is slower - RaceFans But while Mercedes have gained a second in performance compared to last year's visit to the same track, half of the field has made a bigger step year-on-year. 2018 Australian Grad Prix qualifying in pictures They are led by Renault.

Wolff doesn't want Bottas to feel pressure after crash "My reaction with the F-word was probably about the psychological effect it could have on Valtteri," said Wolff. "Lewis was faster throughout the session and then in the last run before that, he put sector two and especially sector three together, and he had a purple sector three.

Magnussen Has Hit Back At Alonso For Saying That The Haas Is a "Ferrari Replica" Kevin Magnussen has dismissed Fernando Alonso's comments, saying the Spaniard is just "annoyed" that Haas is beating McLaren.

"Upset" Gasly admits he was "too greedy" in qualifying The Toro Rosso-Honda driver locked up and went off-track at the Turn 3 right-hander on his final attempt in the opening qualifying segment in Melbourne, leaving him 20th and last on the grid.

Australian GP: 'Greedy' Gasly blames himself for qualifying mistake Pierre Gasly said he was "too greedy" on his final lap in Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix qualifying, as a mistake consigned him to last on the grid. The Toro Rosso driver locked up and went off at the Turn 3 right-hander on his final attempt in the opening part of qualifying, which left him 20th.

Pictures: All the F1 drivers' 2018 helmet designs The introduction of Halo has made it harder than ever to appreciate the effort which goes into painting F1 drivers' helmet designs. "It's almost pointless of us painting the helmets nowadays," lamented Lewis Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso: McLaren set for "big points" on Sunday Alonso had been eighth in both Friday sessions ahead of McLaren's first F1 race with Renault power, among the frontrunners in the damp part of final practice, seventh in Q1 and then in the same spot early in Q2. But he was shuffled back to 11th and missed the top 10 shootout as others put in superior final laps.

Verstappen Is Pretty Optimistic About Red Bull's Race Pace Max Verstappen believes Ferrari are firmly beatable in the race and that Red Bull could benefit from its alternate tyre strategy.

Zetsche: Formula 1 is absolutely relevant! Mercedes have dominated Formula 1 four the past four years and in the wake of evidence from Melbourne on Saturday and on the eve of the new season, in which they could well do it all over again, the German company's chairman Dieter Zetsche shared his enthusiasm for the sport.

Magnussen secures best-ever qualifying result for Haas Australian Grand Prix - Kevin Magussen and Romain Grosjean will start the race in Melbourne from the third row of the grid following Haas' best qualifying session to date.

Ricciardo: P8 after penalty 'like a shot in the ankle' Australian Grand Prix - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was left to further rue his grid penalty after being unable to finish the qualifying hour higher than fifth place. Ricciardo's hope of securing a strong result at his home event were dealt a blow following Friday practice after he was adjudged to have driven too fast under red flag conditions.

Charismatic’ Charles Leclerc poised to lift Sauber to a different level The talented Leclerc, whose godfather was Jules Bianchi, was determined to make a flying start on his emotional Formula One debut in Melbourne.

Mercedes confirm grid penalty for Bottas Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed that the gearbox onboard Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes was damaged in his crash with the barriers at Turn 2 at the start of his first Q3 lap. The impact, measured at 27G, already left Bottas starting the race in tenth position.

Haas drivers dismiss Alonso's "Ferrari replica" jibe Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen dismissed Fernando Alonso's description of their car as a "Ferrari replica" following their strong start to the season in Australia. Alonso made the comments prior to qualifying, where the Haas pair claimed third row starting positions.

Hamilton denies 'party mode' engine setting was key to Q3 lap Australian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton has denied that the engine map setting labelled 'party mode' was key to to his sharp time improvement between his Q3 laps. The Mercedes driver was one of several to attempt a second flying lap and improve on their lap time in the dying moments of Q3.

Perez: Force India worse than expected in Australia "It's definitely behind where we expected to be," said Perez. "We thought we were going to be a bit closer to the fight, but we simply were not. "It's a shame, but the season is long, and hopefully we can recover the pace of the car.

Australian GP: Post-qualifying press conference Q: Lewis, that was a lap of some commitment to take the record here, seven pole positions. How does that one feel? Lewis HAMILTON: You would think that with the results we've had in these years, it would be the norm. But it doesn't. It's still just as intense and my heart is racing, I wish you could feel it right now.

Formula 1: Force India qualifying pace worse than expected Sergio Perez admits Force India is "behind where we expected to be" after qualifying outside the top 12 with both its Formula 1 cars at the Australian Grand Prix.

Magnussen says Alonso "annoyed" Haas beating McLaren I've raced for that team and seen the infrastructure. "Compared to this, it must be annoying. I'm really proud of the team, and impressed. We've got a car that's competitive here, it's the fourth best car on the grid this weekend.

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