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Felipe Massa saw a good race result slip through his hands even before the Grand Prix started, with the Williams team strulling to fire up his car due to a sensor issue. The Brazilian eventually finished 10th but was left frustrated.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading nearly every lap but 5 due to a different strategy for Raikkonen. The Finn finished second for Ferrari, passing Rosberg 3 laps from the end.
Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth in the qualifying session ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn was happy not to encounter any problems with his back and hopes to have a strong race pace.
Toto Wolff has admitted that Ferrari now looks to be a consistent competitor for Mercedes, given that Vettel has now been able to qualify second, simply outpacing Nico Rosberg and coming very close to pole.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso made it through to Q2 for the first time this season, making him feel optimistic about the team's progress. On the other side of the garage things were less positive as Button hit more trouble and will be last on the Bahrain GP starting grid.
Lewis Hamilton continued his perfect score card of pole positions this season, setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel was the closest competitor and will start from second place, followed by Rosberg and Raikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton proved fastest in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. As Rosberg made a mistake on his qualifying simulation to become third fastest, it is evident that Ferrari is likely to put up a close fight for pole and the race win on Sunday.
Nico Rosberg record the fastest lap in the second practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend. Under artificial light and in much cooler conditions that FP1, Rosberg was faster than team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen was fastest in first the first practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, putting Ferrari on top of the timesheet, ahead of his team mate Vettel. Valtteri Bottas was third fastest.
Having enjoyed moving up through the ranks during the Chinese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen eventually had to park his car 2 laps from the end with a catastrophic technical failure.
In an interview with the Italian broadcaster RAI, Kimi Räikkönen openly spoke about his relationship with Sebastian Vettel. He also revealed how it feels to be a father.
Mercedes secured another one-two victory at the Chinese Grand Prix today, but it wasn't all sunshine within the team as Nico Rosberg proved extremely unsatisfied with Hamilton's performance.
Mercedes brought a radical change to their front wing in China, reshaping and focussing on the area in front of the tyre. Alexander Wheedon, Trinidefender, talks us through the changes in detail.
Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to win his second race this season. The reigning World Champion led teammate Rosberg to the finish, ahead of the Ferrari duo.
World champion Kimi Räikkönen admitted he wasn’t content with the way his qualifying session went. However he is hopeful the car will perform as it did during the race simulation completed on Friday.
Malaysian GP winner Sebastian Vettel knew that the Shanghai circuit would favour the Mercedes-branded cars, but he hoped to be closer to them. However, the German delivered when it mattered and took third place in qualifying.
Williams' performance in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix has fuelled Felipe Massa's belief that the team is still very much on par with Ferrari, despite having been largely outperformed during the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz missed out on a top 10 position in today's qualifying, leaving both drivers somewhat disappointed with their performances.
Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix, narrowly edging out his team mate. The duo however were sure of their front row starting positions, topping third fastest man Vettel by nearly a full second.
Lewis Hamilton continued with his perfect Chinese Grand Prix weekend by topping the final practice session, having already set the fastest times during both Friday session. Nico Rosberg was second fastest once again, with Ferrari's Vettel and Raikkonen the closest competitors.
Lotus F1 Team enjoyed a strong first day of running at the Shanghai International Circuit with team Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer running for the first time in a Grand Prix practice session.
Jenson Button proved a happy man after the first two free practice sessions of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. McLaren Honda therein enjoyed a positive day, eventually seeing their drivers set the 10th and 12th fastest times.
Lewis Hamilton continued to top the timesheet in the second practice session of the day in preparation for the Chinese Grand Prix. The reigning World Champion was nearly half a second quicker than Kimi Raikkonen and more than a full second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.
Mercedes left no doubt who is the team to beat this season, easily leading first practice in China. Lewis Hamilton proved fastest the morning, more than half a second quicker than his teammate, who in his behalf also had more than half a second on Sebastian Vettel.
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Lawrence Butcher brings us up to date on developments in Formula One sensor technology
On Wednesday Ferrari celebrated their emotional victory in Maranello where Sebastian Vettel met the whole staff to pay tribute to all the hard work which enabled him to earn his first triumph in red.
French engine manufacturer Renault find themselves in a very dismal situation as they could not find to way to reduce the gap to field-leading Mercedes and was overtaken by rival Ferrari in the development war over the winter.
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene kept his emotions in control while his driver Sebastian Vettel was storming to the race win at the Malaysian GP, but the Italian could not hold his tears back when he got a message from Switzerland.
Sebastian Vettel crossed the chequered flag first at the Malaysian GP which was his maiden win in the famous red-colored car. The German also broke his own win-less streak which lasted more than a year.
Kimi Räikkönen left the Malaysian GP with a good haul of points, but he could not be delighted with his fourth place as there was more on offer after showing incredible tyre management during Friday practices.
Introduced at the Australian Grand Prix and continued in Malaysia, Toro Rosso have designed a unique rear wing support that appears to protrude the engine's exhaust pipe. A central pillar is common to all teams to help support the aerodynamic forces exhibited by the rear wing to assist the rear wing endplates.
Introduced at the Australian Grand Prix and continued in Malaysia, Toro Rosso have designed a unique rear wing support that appears to protrude the engine's exhaust pipe. A central pillar is common to all teams to help support the aerodynamic forces exhibited by the rear wing to assist the rear wing endplates. Usually though, teams design a carbon fibre fork around the centrally mounted exhaust pipe, or otherwise create a carbon fibre mounting within the engine cover, above the exhaust pipe.
With Malaysia being all about heat management, Williams have added new gills on each side of the cockpit to provide additional cooling for the car's internals. Even though this in itself is nothing new, it's interesting to see that Williams appear to have put in some effort in making the fins efficient, arranging them in two rows of variable sizes. It makes us suspect the team won't limit their use to a single Grand Prix
Mercedes AMG F1 faced an unexpected defeat in today's Malaysian Grand Prix. As of stopping on lap 4, both cars were on the back foot on Sebastian Vettel who eventually won the race in blistering hot conditions.
The Manor Marussia F1 Team’s Roberto Merhi took his first chequered flag of the 2015 season at Sepang today, finishing the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in 15th place.
The Malaysian Grand Prix ended up to be a very difficult event for Red Bull Racing with both driver unable to make significant progress as they had to manage rising brake temperatures.
Williams finished 5th and 6th in today's Malaysian Grand Prix, a result in line with the car's current performance. Head of Performance engineering at Williams, Rob Smedley, immediately acknowledged the race highlighted some weak points of the FW37.
Romain Grosjean finished just shy of the points whilst Pastor Maldonado had to retire from a rather frustrating Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.
McLaren Honda saw its cars disappointingly retire from the Malaysian Grand Prix with power unit issues. The team though saw much better pace, allowing both cars to fight with the Force India cars for position.
After a quite a promising qualifying to the Malaysian Grand Prix on the Sepang International Circuit, the race ended in disappointment and without championship points for the Sauber F1 Team.
Scuderia Toro Rosso achieved a great result at the Malaysian Grand Prix with its young drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finishing troublefree in 7th and 8th place to both score points.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have won again after not doing so for more than 1.5 years. Vettel showed strong pace and with a better strategy than Mercedes handed Mercedes an unexpected defeat.
McLaren is pushing on with aerodynamic development while Honda focuses on getting its power unit up to speed. The most notable update seen on the MP4-30 chassis at Malaysia is the addition of an S-duct in the nose cone, undoubtedly pushed by Petr Prodromou who worked on the feature with Red Bull in recent years. Similar to the inlet on the Red Bull RB11, air is caught via a wide channel underneath the entire span of the nose cone, with the outer extremities however feeding channels to provide cockpit cooling rather than the S-duct.
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, staying calm on a wet Sepang Circuit. Sebastian Vettel came close towards the end of the session and splits both Mercedes on tomorrow's starting grid.
Nico Rosberg once again set the benchmark in the final session ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest with the Ferrari drivers once again third and fourth.
Comments in the media revealed a plan to change the current 2015 rules in order to have one extra Power Unit allocation. Possibilities at this moment could either be to only allow this allocation during practice, or without restrictions so that teams can run them as they please.
Lewis Hamilton has topped the times in the second free practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, fighting back from a first session where engine trouble prevented him from setting a timed lap.
Nico Rosberg proved the fastest man in the first free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix while team mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to record a time due to a technical issue. Ferrari once again provided the stiffest competition, with Raikkonen and Vettel going second and third fastest.
Renault is confident that the Malaysian Grand Prix will better reflect the engine maker's progress over the winter, having had time to fix some issues while relying on Sepang Circuit to suit the French engines better.