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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Good Formula One Appeal

Image source: Herald Sun

The 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will be doing it for the kids following the appointment of The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal as its Official Charity.

The Good Friday Appeal has a long and proud history with Australians continuing to donate generously to help save the lives of sick children since 1931. Money raised goes towards funding research and medical equipment to ensure treatment at The Royal Children’s Hospital remains world class.

A Voyage Of Discovery For Everyone

The name Andy Damerum may not be familiar to everyone but Red Bull Racing’s Race Engineering Co-ordinator summed up the first day of the ‘new’ Formula 1 perfectly when he called the opening day of testing in Jerez “a voyage of discovery for everyone”.

What most of the 10 teams who were there discovered (Lotus were absent) was that they weren’t quite ready to hail the dawn of a bright new turbo-charged era. In fact only six drivers contrived to set lap times of any meaningful kind and even that adjective is debatable at this stage.

‘A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’

Dateline: Silverstone, UK, July 10, 2011

The grid for the British Grand Prix is neatly book-ended. There is an Australian on pole position in the shape of Mark Webber in the #2 Red Bull Renault. At the very back, in 24th place, is the #22 HRT Cosworth, occupied by Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

The gritty Webber is about to start his 166th Grand Prix; for the ever-smiling Ricciardo, it is his F1 debut. It is also the first time in almost a quarter of a century that a Grand Prix starting line-up has contained two Australian drivers.

Max Chilton

Max Chilton
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

It was on January 11 that Max Chilton got the nod for a second season with Marussia, who thus become only the second team to go into 2014 with an unchanged driver line-up as he again partners Jules Bianchi.

Chilton will be competing in his seventh single-seater season, the previous six years having embraced F3, GP2 Asia and the main GP2 series, where his late-season form in 2012 won him his Marussia seat in the first place.

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

He’s back! And many F1 insiders will be very glad to see Kobayashi again after feeling that his ousting by Sauber was less than the Japanese deserved after a combative and often productive 2012 season, his most recent in Grand Prix racing.

Kobayashi came into F1 as a replacement for the injured Timo Glock at Toyota in the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix and scored points when he finished sixth second time out in Abu Dhabi to finish the year.

More Than Ever… It's A Numbers Game

Formula 1® 2014-style is almost upon us, and if you thought you could track who’s gone where simply by checking out the numbers – think again!

One of the many changes for 2014, and perhaps one of the more curious, is that the governing body, the FIA, has abandoned the time-honoured practice of numbering the cars starting with #1 for the reigning World Champion and continuing in ascending order of the teams’ positions in the previous year’s Constructors World Championship.

Car Launches and Test Dates

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will unveil his 2014 Formula One challenger on 28 January at the first pre-season test at Jerez, Red Bull has confirmed.

The 24-year-old and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel with reveal the Red Bull RB10 to assembled media just 20 minutes before official testing kicks off at the Spanish circuit.

It will be a busy morning of Formula One team launches, with Mercedes and Caterham also confirming that they will unveil their respective cars on the same day.

Leave Your Mark On The 2014 Ferrari F1 Car

Ferrari is giving fans the chance to choose the designation of the Formula One car that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will debut at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix on 13-16 March.

Supporters can pick their preferred choice out of five options - F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616, via the Ferrari website, with the winning option announced on January 24, just one day before the 2014 challenger will be revealed.

To vote, fans can simply head to http://www.ferrari.com

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