Today Lance Stroll, the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Champion, and Antonio Giovinazzi, runner-up in the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, have taken part in their first Formula 1 race. In Melbourne’s Albert Park Williams Martini Racing driver Stroll had to retire, while Giovinazzi brought home a 12th place for his Sauber F1 Team.
Today, Sebastian and Ferrari were well-deserved winners. From the early stages of the race, it was clear that Sebastian was very quick because Lewis wasn’ t able to pull away.
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There was a familiar look to the top of the timesheet as the 2017 F1 season burst into life in Australia on Friday afternoon, with Lewis Hamilton leading new team mate Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two.
The eve of the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix - the last point of the year at which in theory anything could happen. From tomorrow, not only will we begin to see the real impact made by the wide-ranging regulation changes, but patterns will start to emerge which will illustrate the pecking order at this first race, and the likely form in the next two or three, before the European season at Barcelona in May heralds further major car upgrades....
F1 racing's new era finally kicks off in Melbourne on March 26. But which teams have cracked the new regulations - and which drivers will adapt quickest? Those involved look ahead to the hotly-anticipated 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix......
With the allowed eight days of pre-season running over, teams now head back to their bases to digest their data and prepare their cars for the year's first race in Australia on March 26.
Lance Stroll endured a baptism of fire on the first week of pre-season testing at Barcelona, as several incidents disrupted and ultimately curtailed his and Williams' running across the four days. Some were quick to point to the Canadian rookie's age, but the 18-year-old insists he has already moved on from last week, and won't suffer any ill effects when he climbs back into the cockpit of the FW40 this afternoon......
Wehrlein will be joining the Sauber F1 team for the 2017 race season letting us understand that Bottas will be the favor for taking Nico Rosberg's place.
The teenagers Joel Eriksson (S) and Guanyu Zhou (CN) have got Volkswagen off to a successful start in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with two podium finishes. 16-year-old Zhou put in a fantastic performance in a rainy second race at the season opener on the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, finishing in third place.
Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) got his second season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship underway to the best possible start. In the first race of the year at the 3.841 kilometres long Circuit Paul Ricard, the 17-year-old Canadian beat his team-mate Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam) and took victory.
All eyes will be on these drivers like the Williams F1 Junior driver Lance Stroll looking to finish first this time around before moving up the ladder.