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The return of F1 has a fresh look in Melbourne
The return of F1 has a fresh look in Melbourne

So, the 2014 Formula One season is officially under way, and if the first qualifying session was the precursor for the action to come, fans should be ready for a vintage year of racing. Pre-season was dominated by talk of new engines, double points and a struggling Red Bull team. These changes have ignited the title race once more, as 2014 is all about the new contenders rather than the one-man show of recent years. With Lewis Hamilton taking pole for Mercedes in qualifying on Saturday and his teammate Nico Rosberg following in third, Mercedes are showing that they can, at the very least, force a challenge to Red Bull's recent dominance. Toto Wolff is sensibly playing down his team's chances, but Mercedes are unquestionably the frontrunners in these early stages. ...

The excitement of exploding tyres
The excitement of exploding tyres

This weekend's build-up to the Grand Prix at Silverstone had British motorsport fans bursting with anticipation at the thought of a home victory for Lewis Hamilton. Unfortunately, for fans of the former world champion, their hopes imploded as fast as the rubber at the rear end of Hamilton's Mercedes car. For the drivers, today's race has raised serious questions about their safety, as Pirelli are once again at the centre of a media storm. Fives tyre punctures over one race weekend will fill nobody with confidence. However, the high drama made the entire race unmissable viewing.  ...