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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Hamilton triumph overshadowed by Bianchi crash

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton extended his winning streak to three races and his World Championship lead to 10 points but the Briton’s joy at his first Suzuka victory was tempered by concern for Jules Bianchi, whose Marussia crashed heavily and caused the rain-affected race to be red-flagged after 44 of the scheduled 53 laps.

Bianchi, 25, went off at Turn 15 where only minutes earlier Adrian Sutil’s Sauber had also left the track. The German driver was unhurt but still at the scene when Bianchi suffered his own accident.

Bianchi injured in big Suzuka accident

On May 25 in Monaco Jules Bianchi earned a place in the Formula 1 history books when he scored the first points for his Marussia team. Just over four months later the 25-year-old Frenchman is fighting for his life after suffering severe head injury in a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

With 42 laps of the scheduled 53 gone in tricky, wet and gloomy conditions, Sauber’s Adrian Sutil ran off the track. Shortly afterwards Bianchi lost control of his Marussia at the same spot and hit the back of the recovery vehicle dealing with the Sutil incident.

Big Wheels Keep On Turning

There’s a giant ferris wheel overlooking the track, whose name starts with an S – but those are about the only similarities between Singapore, where the teams have just been, and Suzuka, where they have just arrived for round 15 of the 19 in this year’s World Championship.

One other resemblance: it’s a track the drivers love, for very different reasons. An old-school road course, Suzuka has always brought out the best in the best: in the last 19 visits there, 18 races have been won by World Champions.

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Will Davison to trade V8 Supercar for F1 car at Bathurst

V8 Supercars star Will Davison will drive the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix Swisse Two-Seater at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this October, taking V8 Supercars commentator Mark Beretta for a hot lap.

Davison will return to his open-wheeler roots and become the first person to lap Mount Panorama in the Minardi F1 car for the weekend on Thursday, before handing the reins back to regular driver Zsolt Baumgartner.

Lewis leads as Nico's campaign stall

In sport, momentum is everything – and Lewis Hamilton has it right now after claiming his second successive win and his seventh of 2014 in Singapore to vault into the World Championship lead.

There was drama before the start of the 61-lap race – eventually reduced to 60 by the two-hour rule – when Rosberg’s Mercedes failed to get away from the dummy grid.

Silver Arrows out to stop Red Bull four-in-a-row

There is only one team in the running for the Constructors’ World Championship this season – but for the last three years there has only been one team and driver in the running in Singapore, where the 14th round of the 2014 series takes place this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Renault have won every race in the Lion City since 2011 – but how times change. The World Champion has yet to post a victory this season, in fact he has only been on the podium twice, so if Red Bull want someone to stop the Mercedes charge it should probably be Dan Ricciardo they look to.

Formula 1 to ignite Bathurst 1000

V8 Supercars and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) will make history by giving fans the experience of a lifetime when two of the pinnacles of motorsport – a Formula One car and Mount Panorama – are brought together.

The joint initiative will give the V8 faithful at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 a taste of what to expect at the 2015 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next March, where V8 Supercars and Formula One will again share the track.

STYLISH LEWIS STEALS SEVEN POINTS BACK

Lewis Hamilton kept the 2014 drivers’ title fight well and truly alive with one of his most stylish performances in another dominant weekend for his Mercedes team at the Italian Grand Prix on the hallowed ground of Monza.

For a few seconds it looked as if Hamilton had lost all the advantage his electrifying qualifying performance – he took his fifth pole of 2014, but his first since Spain in round five – when a software glitch saw him beaten off the line by teammate Nico Rosberg, the Williams of Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren.

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