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Should Dan be desperate?

On the face of it, there are hard yards ahead for 18 of the 20 guys in the Formula 1 field this year as Messrs Hamilton and Rosberg run away at the front.

In Melbourne they were over half a minute ahead of their nearest pursuer, Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

Our own Dan Ricciardo was sixth – and lapped. That’s unbearable for a front-line driver, a man who won three races in 2014 and was promised better weapons in his fight for more success in 2015.

Who's the Terminator now?

Lewis Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger had Albert Park rocking with laughter on Sunday when they met on the podium after the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Race-winner Hamilton, surprised to see who was the post-race interviewer, was more animated than he had been all weekend. ‘It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, man!’ he beamed.

After a few minutes’ banter that delighted thousands of fans, Arnie said to Lewis: ‘I know what you’re going to say now.’

2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Race Report

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 34th victory of his career when he led Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg home at Albert Park, the two Silver Arrows a crushing 33 seconds ahead of the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

World champion Hamilton laid the foundations of his second Melbourne victory with a superb start from pole position as Rosberg struggled to keep the fast-starting Williams of Felipe Massa behind him.

Wattie won but Niki was quicker

It’s more than 30 years since it happened, but Niki Lauda still bristles at the memory of the United States Grand Prix at Long Beach in 1983, the last event at which McLaren qualified with two cars so far distant at the back of the grid.

Why?

‘It was because we started at the back of grid, of course,’ said the straight-talking Austrian, now non-executive chairman of Mercedes F1 team. ‘And because I didn’t win!

Carl Cox’s right hand man Eric Powell steps in to perform at GP after party

Eric Powell will be stepping in to perform at the exclusive ‘Renault Torque Bar After Party’ following a family emergency that has forced Carl Cox to return home urgently.

The ‘Renault Torque Bar After Party’ will be held at Ms Collins, this Sunday 15 March. The party will commence following the conclusion of the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Ms Collins will be offering a $20 drink card to all patrons who have pre purchased tickets and arrive prior to 10pm.

Happy birthday!

The Honourable John Eren, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Minister for Sport and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, won’t forget his 51st birthday in a hurry.

Politicians are not accustomed to taking a back seat, but on Sunday Minister Eren was Cam McConville’s passenger in the Swisse Two-Seater in the fourth and final Ultimate Speed Comparison at Albert Park ahead of the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Richards extends Carrera Cup lead

Defending champion and current series leader Steve Richards has produced a flawless front-running performance to win the third and final Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Richards' 13th Carrera Cup win and his fourth at Albert Park came after he was pushed all the way by a rejuvenated Craig Baird, with Cameron McConville and Shae Davies also close at hand – the quartet were only 1.4s apart at the end of 10 laps.

Update on Valtteri Bottas

During yesterday’s qualifying session, Valtteri Bottas developed a back injury which the team felt necessary to be examined by the FIA Medical Delegate at the circuit. Following this, he was transferred to Albert Hospital in Melbourne for further precautionary scans which revealed that Valtteri had sustained some soft tissue damage in his lower back.

It can be confirmed that scans revealed that Valtteri had suffered has a very small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back.

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