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Race strategy – how the teams can master Monaco

Monaco is normally marked by a big asterisk on the calendar – an aberration where the layout and surface of the circuit combine with the importance of track position, and the constant threat of the safety car, to create a unique set of concerns for drivers and teams alike. Strategies therefore have to be incredibly flexible in order to adapt to events as they happen. Even so, we can map out the plans most teams will start with on Sunday – even if events paint a very different picture when the lights go green.

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Alonso set for Malaysia return

Alonso was forced to sit out the 2015 Australian season-opener on medical advice after suffering concussion in a February testing crash in Spain, but McLaren say he is now ready to drive in Kuala Lumpur subject to clearance from F1 governing body the FIA.
“McLaren-Honda is pleased to announce that, subject to a successful final FIA medical assessment this Thursday 26th March at the Sepang International Circuit, Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit of his MP4-30 car for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix,” the team said in a statement.

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Friday analysis – Red Bull spring a surprise, Ferrari fire a warning

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 at Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 27 March 2015. © Sutton Motorsport Images
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari at Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 27 March 2015. © Sutton Motorsport Images
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 locks up at Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 27 March 2015.

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Melbourne stats – Nasr ends Sauber’s pointless streak in style

In the end, not only did he race, he snapped the Swiss team’s unprecedented 19-race pointless streak in style, coming home a fine fifth. That result represents the best ever finish for a Brazilian driver on his F1 race debut, an impressive statistic given the country has spawned such legends as Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet, to name just a few. 
Further back, Marcus Ericsson made it double delight for Sauber by picking up four points for finishing eighth.

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Winners and Losers – the Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, P1Nico Rosberg, P2
While a 1-2 finish looked easy for Mercedes, it wasn’t for the drivers as they played a cat and mouse game of fuel and tyre conservation in between fastest lap-setting spurts. As they circulated way ahead of their opposition, Hamilton judged things finely and was always in control of the race, but knew that the slightest slip would hand the result to Rosberg.

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In Case You Missed It – off track in Japan

Senna superfan
Ayrton Senna is still very much worshipped in Japan and at Suzuka Nico Rosberg was lucky enough to acquire something that most admirers of the late Brazilian would give anything to get their hands on – the great man’s autograph.

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New Baku circuit on track for June debut

“You can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look,” said Whiting in the Azerbaijan capital. “My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and I’m expecting to be able to say it will be ready then.”
During his visit, Whiting – joined by the track’s famed architect Hermann Tilke – covered all aspects of F1 racing’s newest street circuit, including the paddock and pit lane, located right in front of Baku’s imposing Government Building, as well as what is set to become the venue’s trademark image – the 7.

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Brazil preview – Will Rosberg seize his title chance?

Sealed with victory
The maths is simple for Rosberg: win, as he’s done for the last two years in Brazil, and it doesn’t matter what Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton does in Abu Dhabi. The contest will be over and a first drivers’ crown will be his.
But despite standing on the verge of history, the German remains content to continue to play down expectations.
“Mexico wasn’t ideal,” the points leader admits. “I was going for the win as always but Lewis was just a little bit faster all weekend. Sometimes you just have to accept that and be satisfied with your work.

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Abu Dhabi preview – the showdown is on!

Rosberg sticking to the same approach…
After some deep deliberation, Rosberg, with his 12-point advantage, has decided to adhere to the philosophy that he has long employed, which is to take this as just another race rather than getting himself all hyped up over what could be the most important weekend of his career.
All he needs is a third place, regardless of what his team mate does, but he’s going to push for a 10th victory of the year.   
“I will give it everything to end the season with a win,” the German says.

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Tickets now on sale – Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2015

Mexico City’s classic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is undergoing a major revamp under the expert supervision of renowned circuit architect Herman Tilke, and such is the anticipation surrounding the November event that it is certain to be hugely popular.
It therefore gives us great pleasure to announce that tickets are now available to purchase through the F1 Ticket Store.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

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