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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. ...

Formula One shows its racing flair
Formula One shows its racing flair

After a tame start in Australia, today's Malaysian Grand Prix felt like the real start to the 2012 Formula One Season. There's nothing like a good thunderstorm to make a predictable race become essential viewing. For Ferrari, Fernando Alonso showed his World Championship credentials. His display was imperious. To take pole in a Ferrari car that is clearly not the pick of the bunch  (just look at Felipe Massa) is an unbelievable achievement, especially in only the second race of the season. The emotional reaction from the Ferrari garage told its own story. ...