A Red Bull one-two finish looks unlikely in Melbourne, but it's anyone's guess who'll take the checkered flag.
JEROME PUGMIRE - APThe biggest rivalry of the F1 season might be found on the same team, with former champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersFormula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will be driving 'Suzie' around the bend when the season starts in Australia.
MARK FOGARTY - Sydney Morning HeraldFor the first time in 12 years, Mark Webber won't be carrying the hopes of a nation in the Australian GP.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersLast year's race winners Lotus are braced for a tough start to the Formula One season in Australia.
Driver walks away from horror smash
Stu Lawton kept pushing for more speed. Then he put his self-built roll cage to the test.
Elite rally drivers saved by a bottle of beer when their car overheated on the last day of a Mexican rally.
Bernie Ecclestone is looking forward to an unpredictable 2014 season when new engines threaten to overturn the established order.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersWorld rally champion Sebastien Ogier took the lead in the overall standings after winning the Rally of Mexico ahead of Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.
GREG BEACHAM - APBrad Keselowski surged ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
STEPHEN OTTLEYDaniel Ricciardo has vowed not to play second fiddle to reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in this weekend's F1 opener at Albert Park.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersLewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes Formula One team can live up to their advance billing as favourites.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersWilliams will have a picture of Ayrton Senna on their car this season to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
New Zealand driver Fabian Coulthard believes sorting out his qualifying issues will be a key to his V8 Supercars challenge this year.
KEITH WEIR - ReutersFormer champion Formula One team Williams believes a new sponsorship deal can make it competitive again.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersMcLaren boss Ron Dennis sang the praises of his Formula One driver line-up and detected echoes of Ayrton Senna in Jenson Button's relationship with the team.
JEROME PUGMIRE - APWith new regulations and preseason testing already difficult, Red Bull has the added stress of whether Daniel Ricciardo has what it takes.
CHRIS LINES - APFor jaded Formula One fans weary of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in recent years, an overdue shake-up is coming.
Kiwi Brendon Hartley has been teamed with Australian F1 great Mark Webber in Porsche's state-of-the-art entry for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race.
JENNA FRYER - APIt's been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
IAN RANSOM - ReutersRenault have made some progress in ironing out the engine problems that have blighted Formula One preseason testing.
JENNA FRYER - APJoey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart.
JOHN MARSHALL - APKevin Harvick charged to the front early and dominated the rest of the way for his second straight victory at Phoenix.
MARK FOGARTY - Sydney Morning HeraldSuddenly, it's not so lame to drive a Volvo - with Kiwi Scott McLaughlin dropping an f-bomb because he was so excited.
MARK FOGARTY - Sydney Morning HeraldJust when it looked like Jamie Whincup was going to run away with the Adelaide 500 the dream turned into a nightmare.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersFormula One teams wrapped up pre-season testing in Bahrain with Lewis Hamilton on top of the timesheets.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsKiwi driver believes a strong start to the new season will be key to defending his IndyCar title.
NEIL REID - © Fairfax NZ NewsInternational solo racing could go if fans don't support World Champs opening round at Western Springs, promoter says.
Shane van Gisbergen has topped the timesheets at the V8 Supercars' season-opening round in Adelaide.
SIOBHAN DOWNES - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhat would you do if your taxi driver got into in a high-speed police chase with you in the back seat?
LAINE CLARK - AAPThe sleeping giant of V8 Supercars is about to stir in 2014, according to reigning champion Jamie Whincup.
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will miss next week's three-day test at Phillip Island as he continues to recover from a fractured leg.
MICHAEL MAROT - APJacques Villeneuve will finally get a chance to win a second Indianapolis 500.
Hayden Paddon has been signed by Hyundai Motorsport to contest seven events in the 2014 WRC.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsNZ driver Scott McLaughlin is optimistic about his new Volvo drive ahead of this season's V8 Supercar champs.
ROJE ADAIMY - AAPIt seems the more the V8 Supercar formula changes, the harder it is to remove Jamie Whincup.
AL WILLIAMS - © Fairfax NZ NewsMotorsport all-rounder Clark Proctor joins the lineup at this year's New Zealand Clubsport Championship in Waimate.
Susie Wolff will this season become the first woman in 22 years to compete in a F1 event.
MARK PANGALL - ReutersFormula One champions Red Bull experienced their best day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Mitch Evans will be hoping a change of management won't affect the competitiveness of his new GP2 team.
IAIN ROGERS - ReutersMotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has fractured the fibula bone in his right leg and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.
ESTELLE SHIRBON - ReutersA British judge ruled that Bernie Ecclestone had paid bribes to a German banker as part of a "corrupt agreement" linked to the 2005 sale of a stake in F1.
Daniel Ricciardo hopes to give Mark Webber something to cheer about at the Australian GP in Melbourne.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsMitch Evans has signed with defending champions Russian Time to race in this year's GP2 series.
Christchurch driver James Munro ended his rookie season in the Toyota Racing Series with an impressive fifth placing in the country's most prestigious motor race, the New Zealand Grand Prix, last weekend.
French investigators rule out criminal wrongdoing in the debilitating ski accident of F1 great Michael Schumacher.
TOBY HAGON - Sydney Morning HeraldHolden's Commodore suffers embarrassing fire while being used in Nascar as the pace car in Daytona.
New Zealand's premier single-seater motor racing championship will feature new cars next year.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersFormula One's newest venue, Sochi, is a fenced-off building site, lines of skips and diggers parked along what will be the main straight.
Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is still in the wake-up phase from an artificial coma.