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The struggling Manor Marussia F1 team came all the way to the Australian Grand Prix, but didn't make it out onto the track even once all weekend. And now Bernie Ecclestone says they'll have to pay for shipping both ways.

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Autoblog recaps the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and we can't remember the last time 90 percent of the action in Formula One had nothing to do with cars setting timed laps.

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After losing three court rulings, the Sauber F1 team is going to have to put its former test driver Giedo van der Garde in the cockpit at the upcoming Australian Grand Prix - and likely for the rest of the season.

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After suffering a concussion in a crash during a pre-season test session, McLaren has announced that Fernando Alonso is going to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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The scene is the front straight of the Albert Park Circuit at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and what you see on track on either side of the gentleman wearing the orange hat is a Mercedes AMG Petronas being followed by a Lotus. The first major clue, as should be obvious by the nose of the Mercedes, is that this scene was captured last year. The other major clue in the photo is the gentleman in the orange hat: he's wearing earmuffs to silence the noise. We count at least four people weari

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UPDATE: Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified by race officials for breaking Article 5.1.4 of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations. Put more simply, his car consumed too much fuel over the course of the race. Red Bull has appealed the decision, claiming that readings from the fuel flow meters used in the first race of the 2014 F1 season were inconsistent. The text of this report has been changed to reflect this information.

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Sponsors come and sponsors go in Formula One, but they tend to stick around awhile at McLaren. The team ran under Marlboro title sponsorship for 22 years from 1974 to 1996, and Hugo Boss has been with the team for 33 years now since 1981. But it's the team's partnership with Mobil 1 which it will celebrate with the sinister livery pictured here.

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A pre-season full of talking points was swapped for a brand-new set of talking points after the running of the opening grand prix of the 2013 Formula One season. The consistency of the regulations from last year to this year and the triplicate dominance of Infiniti Red Bull Racing meant that no one would have been that surprised if the relative order of things remained the same. But teams found so many ways to switch things up that, in typical pre-season fashion, no one was ready to make any bet

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How much does it cost for a city to host the Formula One circus? Well, considering how clandestine are the dealings of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, we may never fully know. But, thanks to some leaked information to Australia's Herald Sun, we do now have a pretty good indication of what that city must pay for the privilege of being an F1 venue – and it ain't cheap folks.

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Today is the day that racing fans have been looking forward to. The cars have been unveiled, the drivers announced, the calendar confirmed and everything is in place. Today is race day.

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Proving that the power of hometown heroics should never be underestimated, Casey Stoner not only put on a great show for his fellow countrymen but once again proved to be dominant at the Australian GP. The starting grid at Phillip Island was the last time Stoner would be seen by competitors, as he converted pole-position to victory with a gap of nearly nine seconds. But was this really a fair fight?

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Even when McLaren makes mistakes, it makes money. Lewis Hamilton was busted putting a little a lotta extra temperature into the tires of a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG loaned to him during his stay in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. The car was impounded by the Victorian State Police, Lewis paid a fine to remedy his deed and McLaren paid to get the car out.

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Lewis Hamilton's hoonage aftermath – click above to watch the video

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Police only recently released the name, after only confiding that a 25-year-old Briton with Swiss residency was arrested in a Mercedes sedan doing burnouts in a Melbourne, Australia suburb. Yep, that's Lewis Hamilton, driving down a stretch of section used for the Albert Park track in a Benz sedan and lighting the tires up (sounds oddly familiar). The road was open for public use, and the public watchdogs – Victoria state police – nabbed him for it.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Last weekend's Australian Grand Prix, the season opener to the 2009 Formula One season, may have ushered in a new era in on-track competition, but the off-track politics are already back up to full swing.

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It seems like F1 has been suffering the wrong kind of turmoil for the past few years: big and little teams failing; espionage; driver spats; owner-and-FIA spats; record penalties and fines; sex scandals; and regulations being changed like diapers - just to name a few things. The 2009 season has started off in a bit of turmoil as well, with six teams' car designs protested against.

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Click above for high-res image gallery of the BMW Sauber F1.09

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