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Williams revenue up despite difficult 2018

Williams has posted increased revenues from its Formula 1 business for 2018 despite a tough season for the team on track. Last year saw (...)

Ferrari’s fightback begins in first practice for Bahrain Grand Prix

• Vettel and Leclerc leave Mercedes drivers in their early wake
• Williams bring back Sir Patrick Head as engineering consultant

If there is to be a real fight at the front in Formula One this season Ferrari must square up at the Sakhir circuit and find the form that made them look so gloriously threatening in pre-season but which deserted them at the first round in Australia.

Related: Mercedes are the team to catch again as Ferrari continue to struggle | Giles Richards

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Sir Patrick Head returns to Williams as consultant

Williams has brought co-founder Sir Patrick Head back to the team in a consultancy capacity after its disappointing start to the 2019 Formula (...)

Williams still short on spare parts in Bahrain

Williams is still short on spare parts and is set for a difficult weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to Robert Kubica. Delays (...)

Kubica has no regrets over return with Williams

Robert Kubica says he has no regrets over his return to racing in Formula 1 with Williams despite the team’s difficult start to the (...)

Kubica focusing on the positives after tough F1 return

Robert Kubica is taking the positives from his racing return in Formula 1 after early damage in the Australian Grand Prix left him (...)

Mercedes are the team to catch again as Ferrari continue to struggle

Victory for Valtteri Bottas at the Australian Grand Prix left Sebastian Vettel in the shade as F1’s new regulations left the drivers cold in Melbourne

Already conspiracy theories abound that Mercedes had been involved in an elaborate plot to mask their true form through the entire pre-season. Yet while such a monumentally impressive piece of sandbaggery would be an achievement of which they could be proud, the truth is more prosaic. Everyone involved, Toto Wolff, James Allison, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were all surprised by the advantage they held over Ferrari in Australia. Seven tenths was Hamilton’s lead over Sebastian Vettel in qualifying. They have simply once again done a ruthlessly efficient job of adapting to new regulations and coming out on top. What they showed in Melbourne with the surprise victory from Valterri Bottas was that their car, in favourable conditions is currently the best on the grid and as things stand, by some distance. Which is not to say they already have it sewn up. As Wolff acknowledged, Albert Park is an unusual circuit and finding the sweet spot of the new cars is tricky. Mercedes had it nailed but performance in Melbourne is no guarantee for a season.

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Robert Kubica: ‘You gain nothing from giving up. You have to adapt’

On the eve of an incredible return to F1, the Williams driver explains how his difficult character helped him overcome the physical and mental effects of losing part of his arm

Robert Kubica is all too aware of the staggering odds he has defied in making his return to Formula One, but his achievement truly hits home upon greeting him in the Williams motorhome. The measure of the remarkable comeback he will make when he takes to the grid for next Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix is starkly illustrated when the Pole leans in to shake hands. His eyes still gleam with a piercing strength of purpose but beneath them his right forearm, partially severed in an accident eight years ago, carries little weight in the handshake and bears the visible disfigurement of repeated surgery.

Even now on the eve of his return, it seems hard to believe he has overcome such a calamitous injury, but for Kubica it was the psychological battle that proved to be the greatest challenge of his life.

Related: Mercedes enjoy constructive winter but Williams sleep through alarm | Richard Williams

You live in a different situation, so in the end there is a kind of switch. I discovered how powerful the brain can be.

 There have been plenty of drivers switching seats in the buildup to the new season. Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull for Renault, with Carlos Sainz moving to McLaren after Fernando Alonso's departure. Frenchman Pierre Gasly has been promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Ricciardo, with British-Thai driver Alex Albon taking his place. 

Related: Netflix’s F1 series offers a captivating, candid glimpse behind the curtain | Giles Richards

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Lowe takes leave of absence from Williams

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe will take a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, just over a week from the (...)

Lowe warns against Williams management changes

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has warned against making management changes at the team despite its delayed start to pre-season (...)

Kubica rates preparation level at 20 percent

Robert Kubica estimates he only completed 20 percent of the work he needed to do ahead of his return to racing in Formula 1 at the (...)

Only one conclusion to draw from F1 2019 testing: advantage Ferrari | Giles Richards

Ferrari lead the field, Red Bull-Honda are showing promise and the midfield scrap looks set to be even more hotly contested

That Ferrari have a good, potentially great, car this year was clear by the end of the first day of testing when Sebastian Vettel was positively purring at how the SF90 had performed. By the end of day eight, his optimism had been entirely justified and they must be considered favourites going into the first race in Melbourne on 17 March. Definitive judgments from testing are dangerous but the Scuderia’s form is impossible to ignore. Vettel set the fastest lap, with a time of 1min 16.221sec. They completed 997 laps in total, second only to Mercedes, while their engines look rock solid, with 2,790 laps (8,069 miles) from across the grid – the highest of any power unit. The car looks supremely well balanced, has great grip, is planted out of the corners and handles with ease. Crucially, where it really counts in comparable race simulations – where Mercedes had the edge this time last year – Ferrari were quicker. They are playing it down of course, but the spring in Vettel’s step is justified.

Related: McLaren have set the stage for Fernando Alonso’s F1 encore | Giles Richards

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