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Vettel breaks Ferrari's F1 drought with victory at Aussie GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Sebastian Vettel jumped onto the podium at the Australian Grand Prix and held up his right index finger, celebrating the end of Ferrari's Formula One drought and a break in the Mercedes dominance.

It was back to No. 1 for Ferrari, at least after one race to open the season. Read More...

Ricciardo misses start, exits early at F1 Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Daniel Ricciardo was slapped with a grid penalty, missed the start because of a mechanical problem and retired halfway through the Australian Grand Prix as his season-opening Formula One race unfolded in the worst possible way on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver had the best of the non-Mercedes cars in F1 last year, placing third to eventual winner Nico Rosberg and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Read More...

Lewis Hamilton takes pole in record pace at F1 Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Something that surprised Lewis Hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the Albert Park circuit and equaled Ayrton Senna's record of six pole positions at the Australian Grand Prix was that his time wasn't even quicker.

New technical and tire regulations for the 2017 season were designed to make the F1 cars faster and maybe reduce Mercedes' dominance. Hamilton maintained Mercedes' status quo at the front of the grid, although Ferrari is showing signs of competing for the top of the podium. Sebastian Vettel split the Mercedes drivers with the second-fastest time in qualifying, and Kimi Raikkonen was fourth. Read More...

Wehrlein out Giovinazzi in for Sauber at Australian F1 GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix and will be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi from the third practice session on Saturday at the Formula One season opener.

Wehrlein completed two practice sessions Friday, but the team announced that he did not feel fit enough for a complete race distance, citing a "training deficit." Read More...

Hamilton fastest in 1st practice sessions for Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lewis Hamilton has already delivered the faster speeds that Formula One rule changes were designed to achieve, going under the racing lap record during practice Friday for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion had the fastest time in morning practice and his afternoon session time of 1 minute, 23.620 seconds was quicker than the racing mark Michael Schumacher set in winning the 2004 title at the 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile) Albert Park Circuit. Read More...

More races, more friction in the future for F1

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The new owners of Formula One are planning to have more races and a greater presence in North America, and wouldn't mind revving up the ratings with some extra friction among drivers.

Sean Bratches, the managing director of commercial operations for the Formula One Group - formerly Liberty Media - which took over the running of the sport in January, is already fielding offers from promotors wanting to buy in. Read More...

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