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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.