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Heavy car means crash diet for Force India's Perez

MELBOURNE Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez has been on a crash diet ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after Force India asked him to shed some kilos to compensate for an overweight car.

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Hard-working Ricciardo hopes for reward for effort 23 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE Daniel Ricciardo will again carry his nation's hopes of a first home winner at the season-opening Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday and it would be a well-earned victory for the Red Bull driver after a punishing week off the track.

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Motor racing - No sweeping Vettel up in Ferrari hype 23 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE Ferrari's fast lap times and good reliability during winter testing has raised hopes of a challenge to Mercedes' three-year dominance of Formula One but the excitement is yet to infect four-times champion Sebastian Vettel.

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Motor racing - Last year's crash the least of Alonso's worries 23 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE Fernando Alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season's Australian Grand Prix but the twice Formula One world champion will give it no thought on his return to Albert Park this year.

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Motor racing - Hamilton calls for more women in 'dude' dominated paddock 23 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE There are "too many dudes" in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.

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Ferrari must take test performances into first race, says Hakkinen 22 Mar 2017

HELSINKI Formula One team Ferrari have set expectations high after strong performances in testing and could pay a heavy price if they disappoint in the season's opening race in Australia, according to retired double world champion Mika Hakkinen.

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Renault apply 'belt and braces' fix to power unit problem 22 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE Renault said they have fixed their pre-season power unit problems with a "belt and braces" approach ahead of Formula One's Australian Grand Prix opener.

Indonesian Gelael to test with Toro Rosso F1 team 22 Mar 2017

MELBOURNE Indonesian driver Sean Gelael will take part in three Formula One tests with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso this year, the Italy-based team said on Wednesday.

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