Australian Grand Prix: Angry Daniel Ricciardo blasts stewards after being handed three-place grid penalty
Stewards sanctioned Ricciardo for driving too fast under red flag conditions during FP2 and the Australian was still seething after finishing fifth fastest during the final phase of qualifying.
Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton says he was waiting to 'wipe the smile' off Sebastian Vettel's face
Hamilton's intense and spite-tinged rivalry with Vettel added spice to the championship last year and relations between the four-times champions could get rocky again.
Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton's pole position-clinching lap draws praise from ex-teammate Nico Rosberg
Hamilton's pole was his record seventh at Albert Park and also a Formula One record 73rd of the four-times world champion's career.
Hamilton delivered a special flying lap to put a stunning 0.664sec gap on Raikkonen and clinch the pole for Sunday's opening race of the season.
While top teams will field unchanged line-ups, further down the grid there are four drivers beginning their first full F1 seasons, with two making their grand prix debuts.
Formula One: Teams demand better deal from owners Liberty Media to prevent formation of breakaway series
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Friday urged Formula One owners Liberty Media and the sport's regulators FIA to come up with an improved deal to avoid a breakaway championship.
Formula One 2018: From halo to tyre compounds, take a look at changes in the sport for upcoming season
FIA has undertaken minor but significant modifications in rules and regulations for the upcoming season. Here is a quick guide to everything that will be new in 2018.
Australian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo gets three-place grid penalty for violating red flag conditions
Ricciardo, who did not finish in last year's Melbourne race, cannot now start Sunday's race any higher than sixth place.
Australian Grand Prix: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton emerges fastest in both opening practice sessions ahead of Max Verstappen
Hamilton followed up his opening practice best time of 1.24.026 and 1:23.931 in the second session to hold a 0.127sec gap over Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Formula One: Race start lights shifted to ensure that drivers can clearly see them around the new halo
"With the halo, what we’ve asked every circuit to do is to make the lights at a standard height above the track,” the governing FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting said.
Australian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo confident he can end frustrating drought and finish on podium at his home race
Ricciardo's pride at flying the flag for Australian racing at his home track has been spiked with anxiety over his car's reliability in the last three years.
Australian Grand Prix: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton believes he hasn't peaked yet, targets fifth championship title
Lewis Hamilton, who beat Ferrari arch-rival Sebastian Vettel to win last year's world title with two races to spare, said he is eyeing new highs this year.
Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel says beating Lewis Hamilton to win title with Ferrari is 'ultimate target'
Vettel is in a duel this season with defending world champion Lewis Hamilton as they chase 1950s Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio's mark of five world titles.
In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we wonder if the drivers of the future will be expected to perform more duties than just racing. And of course, the marketers in them discuss Formula 1's first-ever global media campaign with keen interest. There's a lot more than Formula 1 could do within their 'Engineering Insanity' video.
Australian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas targets top-two finish to get 2018 season off on positive note
Valtteri Bottas won only three races last year despite getting a drive for the dominant Mercedes team alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Formula One 2018 season: Lewis Hamilton believes in ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra as he chases fifth title
Lewis Hamilton’s ‘work hard, play hard’ approach to life has paid off in the past and he is unlikely to change a winning recipe as he chases a fifth Formula One title.
Fernando Alonso ready for busy 2018 season with McLaren in Formula 1 and Toyota in World Endurance Championship
Fernando Alonso faces the busiest year of any Formula One driver but the Spaniard has played down fears he could be spreading himself too thin by competing in two world championships at once.
Formula One 2018 season: Red Bull hope to build on last year's strong finish to move back into title contention
Former champions Red Bull finished last season strongly and could push Mercedes and Ferrari harder than ever when the lights go out at the season-opener in Australia.
Formula One 2018 season: Sebastian Vettel carries Ferrari's hopes of ending decade-long world championship drought
Ferrari, the oldest, most glamorous and successful team came close last year, with Vettel leading through the opening 12 rounds before the challenge unravelled.
Formula One: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes keen to seal the deal ahead of season-opening Australian Grand Prix
Speaking at the launch of the champions' new W09 car at a damp and cold Silverstone circuit, Hamilton indicated the signing could come in a matter of weeks.