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ALBERT PARK

31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Nothing stops Hamilton staying as focus of attention

An unwelcome rain shower and the first red flag of the weekend during Thursday’s opening practice sessions failed to switch the focus away from the champions Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in the build-up to Sunday’s classic Monaco Grand Prix.

Just 24 hours after the 30-year-old Briton and his team had confirmed he will remain a Mercedes driver for three more years, on a contract said to be worth more than 100 million dollars (American), he was back on top of the timing monitors with fastest laps in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

More questions than answers - for some

Lewis Hamilton was asking all the questions in Spain, but his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was the man with all the answers as the 29-year-old German posted his first victory of 2015 to close the gap to Hamilton to 20 points in the race for the 2015 title.

Rosberg enjoyed a dominant weekend, taking an imperious pole position – also his first of 2015 and the 16th of his F1 career – and controlling the 66-lap race superbly after a brilliant get-away.

Melbourne to open 2016 F1 season in April

Melbourne will play host to the opening round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on Sunday 3 April, 2016 at Albert Park.

The 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix event dates are 31 March – 3 April, 2016, with the later start date set to condense the season, which finishes in November 2016.

Only once before has the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix been held in April, in 2006, when the event was moved to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games. In that year the race took place on 2 April as the third round of the season.

Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE retires as Chairman of Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Today, Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE, retired as Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chairman after 22 years of honorary service.

Mr Walker was named Chairman in 1993, with the first Formula One race in Melbourne being held in 1996. Since then, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix has entertained more than 6,000,000 fans at Albert Park and annually promotes Melbourne via free to air television, news reports and global media to hundreds of millions of fans throughout the world.

Sakhir: Wind, Sand and Stars

That was the title of a famous novel about early aviation, but in F1 terms the ones flying high at the moment are the Silver Arrows, especially the #44 car of world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Winner last time out in Bahrain, the 30-year-old Englishman heads back there armed with a 13-point lead over early surprise package Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari and, significantly, 17 in hand over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

The track near Manama came onto the calendar back in 2004 but missed out in 2011, so this is the 11th Grand Prix to be staged there.

Hamilton turns down proposal, heads off into distance

‘Lewis, we want to marry you!’ said the banners in the main grandstand at Shanghai – but once again it was Nico Rosberg who played bridesmaid to the de facto number one in the Mercedes-Benz team as Hamilton romped to his fourth win at the spectacular Chinese track.

Hamilton sprinted away from his 40th F1 pole, led all the way but finished more sedately as the Safety Car was called into late action when Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso expired on pit straight with two laps remaining.

China: Silver Arrows To Be Shangaied Again?

Two races into the season the names at the top of the Drivers’ Championship are familiar – but not in the expected order.

Lewis Hamilton leads on 43 points but the Mercedes man’s closest challenger is not his teammate, Nico Rosberg, but new Ferrari front-runner Sebastian Vettel.

While Vettel is just three points behind Hamilton, Mercedes already have a 24-point advantage over Ferrari – and they were stung by defeat in Malaysia.

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