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Formula 1 2022: Record 419,000 fans flock to Australian Grand Prix weekend
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Formula 1 2022: Record 419,000 fans flock to Australian Grand Prix weekend

Melbourne was back on the calendar this year after missing out in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.

Formula 1 2022: Charles Leclerc the man to beat after Melbourne masterclass
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Formula 1 2022: Charles Leclerc the man to beat after Melbourne masterclass

Leclerc blew away his rivals at Australian Grand Prix at a revamped Albert Park, starting from pole and taking the chequered flag by more than 20 seconds from Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

Formula 1: Charles Leclerc stays calm as Ferrari fever grows ahead of return to Imola
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Formula 1: Charles Leclerc stays calm as Ferrari fever grows ahead of return to Imola

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is 34 points ahead of Mercedes' George Russell in the standings and 46 ahead of Red Bull's Verstappen.

Formula 1 2022: Flawless Charles Leclerc wins Australian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen fails to finish
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Formula 1 2022: Flawless Charles Leclerc wins Australian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen fails to finish

Charles Leclerc led from start to finish to steer his Ferrari to an action-packed win at the Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 2022: Hamilton tames Mercedes 'rattlesnake' to qualify 5th in Australian GP
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Formula 1 2022: Hamilton tames Mercedes 'rattlesnake' to qualify 5th in Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton said his Mercedes was driving "like a rattlesnake" but the Briton tamed his car on Saturday to qualify fifth for the Australian Grand Prix in a much-improved performance.

Formula 1 2022: McLaren's Norris tops scrappy third and final practice ahead of Sunday's Australian GP
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Formula 1 2022: McLaren's Norris tops scrappy third and final practice ahead of Sunday's Australian GP

In a session in which Sebastian Vettel slammed into a wall, Britain's Lando Norris posted a blistering one minute 19.117 seconds around Melbourne's Albert Park, 0.132 ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Formula 1 2022: Charles Leclerc goes fastest in Australian GP's FP2; Max Verstappen finishes 2nd
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Formula 1 2022: Charles Leclerc goes fastest in Australian GP's FP2; Max Verstappen finishes 2nd

Leclerc had a time of 1 minute, 18.978 seconds on the revamped Albert Park layout, with Verstappen .245 seconds behind. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who led after the first practice session, was third-fastest.

Formula 1 2022: Sebastian Vettel facing scrutiny over 'iconic' moped ride
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Formula 1 2022: Sebastian Vettel facing scrutiny over 'iconic' moped ride

The four-time world champion jumped on a scooter to make his way back to the paddock — in violation of the rules — after abandoning his broken-down Aston Martin.

Formula 1 2022: Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clocks fastest time in Australian GP opening practice
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Formula 1 2022: Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clocks fastest time in Australian GP opening practice

The Spaniard powered round a revamped Albert Park circuit under clear skies with a best time of one minute 19.806 seconds among his 24 laps, largely on soft tyres.

F1 gears up for Australian GP after 3 years on revamped track
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F1 gears up for Australian GP after 3 years on revamped track

F1 drivers are preparing for a new Albert Park layout at the Australian Grand Prix — they won't drive on the redesigned, resurfaced circuit until Friday’s two practice sessions ahead of qualifying Saturday

Formula 1: Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel back for Australian GP after COVID-19 recovery
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Formula 1: Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel back for Australian GP after COVID-19 recovery

The four-time world champion will make his season debut at the Australian Grand Prix on 10 April.

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and MotoGP to be called off for second year
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Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and MotoGP to be called off for second year

Organisers planned to stage the races in October and November, but have hit roadblocks over Australia's requirement for overseas arrivals to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

Formula 1: Australia, China Grand Prix postponed as COVID-19 hits 2021 calendar
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Formula 1: Australia, China Grand Prix postponed as COVID-19 hits 2021 calendar

The Australian race, usually the season-opener, was delayed from March to November, but no new date was set for the Chinese Grand Prix, normally held in April.

Formula 1 2020: Australian Grand Prix called off due to coronavirus after McLaren team member tests positive
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Formula 1 2020: Australian Grand Prix called off due to coronavirus after McLaren team member tests positive

There were big question marks over the season-opening race after McLaren withdrew late on Thursday night when a member of their team tested positive for the virus.

Formula 1 2020: McLaren Racing withdraw from Australian GP after team member tests positive for coronavirus
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Formula 1 2020: McLaren Racing withdraw from Australian GP after team member tests positive for coronavirus

McLaren Racing confirmed on Thursday evening that it was withdrawing from the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, after an unnamed team member tested positive for coronavirus.

Formula 1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon pull out of scheduled media conference over coronavirus fears
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Formula 1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon pull out of scheduled media conference over coronavirus fears

Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo pulled out of a scheduled Renault team media conference on Wednesday over fears he might be exposed to the coronavirus

Formula 1 2020: Haas, McLaren team members quarantined, tested for coronavirus
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Formula 1 2020: Haas, McLaren team members quarantined, tested for coronavirus

Two members of the Haas Formula One team and one from McLaren were quarantined in Melbourne on Wednesday as a precaution amid coronavirus fears ahead of season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 2020: Skywriting in Sydney says 'STOP F1' amid coronavirus fears ahead of Australian GP
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Formula 1 2020: Skywriting in Sydney says 'STOP F1' amid coronavirus fears ahead of Australian GP

The words “STOP F1” were written in the skies above Sydney on Wednesday amid growing calls for Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix to be scrapped or barred to spectators

Formula 1 2020: Melbourne's major events chief hopeful of Australian GP going ahead, but can't say with 'certainty'
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Formula 1 2020: Melbourne's major events chief hopeful of Australian GP going ahead, but can't say with 'certainty'

Melbourne’s major events chief is confident the Australian Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled next week but said he could offer no firm guarantees because of the dynamic nature of the coronavirus epidemic.

Formula One 2019: Valtteri Bottas' new-found aggression to Ferrari's lack of pace, talking points from Australian Grand Prix
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Formula One 2019: Valtteri Bottas' new-found aggression to Ferrari's lack of pace, talking points from Australian Grand Prix

The results of the season's first Formula One — the Australian Grand Prix — wasn’t what many would have expected while filing in their fantasy results. Let’s hope that this uncertainty stays with us through the season.