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Ferrari quickest as Mercedes pile on the laps in testing

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have given the Ferrari faithful plenty to get excited about during the first test at Jerez in Spain, topping three of the four days.

The outright pace of the SF15-T was complemented by long runs, including 106 laps for Raikkonen on the final day, but it was World Champions Mercedes that dominated the lap counter with well over 400 laps for the test.

“Over the winter, we have made a good step forward and this car is definitely an improvement over the 2014 one,” Raikkonen said.

Formula One 2015 begins – Day 1 at Jerez

Formula One is back, with (almost) all teams hitting the track for day one of the first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain.

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel ended the day quickest in his first outing for Ferrari, but it was Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg that sent an ominous warning to the rest of the paddock, completing 157 laps – more than double the amount of the next best.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo debuted a striking new Infiniti Red Bull Racing test livery and was fourth fastest, completing 35 laps.

Social media ‘it’ girl named #AusGP Ambassador

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today announced Melbourne model and social media influencer, Elyse Knowles, as the female Ambassador for the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Hailing from the Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Knowles, 22, has fast become the city’s next ‘it’ girl, working her way up the ranks of the local and international modelling scene while leaving a giant social media footprint in her wake.

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