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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

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.

Malaysian Grand Prix Report

Sebastian Vettel inspired delight from Sepang to Maranello on Sunday when he ended Ferrari’s two years’ in the wilderness and claimed his first triumph in red with a stunning success at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Italian team had gone 34 races without a win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix and were not expected to challenge, let alone end, Mercedes’ recent supremacy, demonstrated so clearly with their one-two finish at Albert Park earlier this month (March).

Sepang: Slippery When Wet

Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team reach Malaysia in the lead in both world championships – and they return to a venue where they were dominant in 2014.

Hamilton claimed pole from Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, he won the race from teammate Nico Rosberg and set the fastest lap.

At 5.543 kilometres, Sepang offers a fascinating mix of corners fast and slow, two long straights and three tempting overtaking spots: into Turn 1, into Turn 15 and the hairpin at Turn 9.


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