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Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Mar. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context. A diplomatic dispute flared over Erdogan's comments...

Bottas, version 2019, has breakthrough win at Australian GP

Mar. 18, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The 2019 version of Valtteri Bottas is leading a Formula One championship for the first time. Sure, he's only one Grand Prix into the season, he concedes, but it was a big one. Bottas started from the front row of the grid for the first time at the Australian Grand Prix —...

Max power: Verstappen gets podium for Red Bull and Honda

Mar. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With one overtaking maneuver and consistent speed, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen showed that the 2019 Formula One season is unlikely to descend into another two-team race. Verstappen overtook two-time defending Australian Grand Prix champion Sebastian Vettel on the outside just...

Ferrari misses out on a podium place at F1 Australian GP

Mar. 17, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Ferraris were touted as the fastest cars on the F1 circuit when Sebastian Vettel arrived with the intention of winning his third consecutive Australian Grand Prix title. That would have equaled the great Michael Schumacher's mark in Melbourne. They'll leave without a podium...

Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Hamilton to win Australian GP

Mar. 17, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Valterri Bottas can't really explain how he got from playing the loyal lieutenant to Lewis Hamilton and failing to win a race last season, to upstaging his Mercedes teammate for victory in Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. A lot of soul-searching over the...

Record lap gives Hamilton 6th straight pole at Australian GP

Mar. 16, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton produced the fastest lap ever at the Australian Grand Prix to take pole position at the Formula One season opener for the sixth consecutive year . The five-time world champion edged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas' leading time with seconds remaining to top...

Vettel chases 3rd straight Aussie GP win to equal Schumacher

Mar. 16, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It doesn't really bother Sebastian Vettel that he'll be starting the Australian Grand Prix from the second row of the grid. He won the Formula One season opener the previous two years despite starting behind Lewis Hamilton, who on Saturday extended his habit of taking pole...

Hamilton, Bottas lead the way for Mercedes at Australian GP

Mar. 15, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last season and was joined by teammate Valtteri Bottas as the Mercedes drivers posted the top times in practice Friday at the Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari appeared to have the faster cars in winter testing but...

Whiting's death sets somber tone for opening F1 GP weekend

Mar. 14, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The sudden death of race director Charlie Whiting set a somber tone for the first weekend of the Formula One season, with the attention to the regular rivalries such as Lewis Hamilton vs. Sebastian Vettel taking a back seat to the incoming tributes for the respected F1 veteran....

Australia won't risk lives returning IS refugees from Syria

Mar. 14, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Thursday he won't put officials in danger by retrieving extremists from the Middle East after an Australian Islamic State group widow asked to bring her children home from a Syrian refugee camp. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's response came...