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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Seven For Seb, Second For Mark

ROUND 17 – Abu Dhabi, November 3, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 38m 06.106s (186.758 km/h)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) gap: 30.829s
3rd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) gap: 33.650s

Fastest Lap: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:43.434 = 193.305 km/h on lap 55

Pole Position: Webber 1:39.957 = 200.030 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 347 points • Alonso 217 • Raïkkönen 183

Sporting fans and Melbourne the winners with F1 and AFL on same weekend

Melbourne will continue its reputation as the sporting capital of the world with the city set to host the ultimate sporting weekend when Formula One and AFL both come to town in March, 2014.

In an exciting announcement for sporting fans, the weekend will deliver a sporting feast for fans that gives everyone the opportunity to watch live the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and not miss a minute of any Victorian AFL match.

It will be a big week for Melbourne with the Formula One action heating up the street circuit from Thursday March 13 – Sunday March 16.

Different Worlds

ROUND 16 – India, October 27, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 31m 12.187s (202.130 km/h)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) gap: 29.823s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 39.892s

Fastest Lap:

Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault) 1:27.679 = 210.426 km/h on lap 60

Pole Position:

Vettel 1:24.119 = 219.332 km/h

World Championship:

Vettel 322 points • Alonso 207 • Raïkkönen 183

Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi
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It was Malaysia that did it, but it took until the last race of 2013 for it to be confirmed.

‘It’ was 10th place for the Marussia F1 Team in the Constructors’ Championship, the last of the financially rewarding positions among the 11 competing teams.

F1 rookie Jules Bianchi secured 13th place in only his second outing for the team at Sepang; since there were no points scored by either Marussia or their immediate rivals Caterham, it all depended on a count-back and in the end Bianchi’s Malaysian placing was the best achieved by any of the two teams’ four drivers.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel
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The scene: the press conference room in the Abu Dhabi Media Centre, November 2013.

Sebastian Vettel has just won for the seventh time in a row. A journalist asks how it feels to be in the company of Michael Schumacher, who did the same for Ferrari in 2004. The 26-year-old German, for once, is lost for words.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
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The light at the end of the tunnel must have seemed to be growing smaller and smaller for Fernando. Not the one in Monaco, where he was a valiant second – the one that signals the end of his frustrations with Ferrari’s inability to provide him with a Championship-winning car.

It was able to win races: Alonso did just that in China and Spain, two of the first five races of the season. But as Hurricane Vettel gathered force, so Ferrari’s challenge dwindled and Alonso was never back on the top step of the podium again.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas
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It was a long time coming, but all the sweeter for the wait. Valtteri Bottas scored his maiden World Championship points for Williams when he finished eighth in Austin, a result that saw him finish the season one place above experienced teammate Pastor Maldonado in 17th overall.

It was as much the manner as the fact of his success that told Williams what they needed to know: the young Finn fought with names like Alonso and Rosberg to make his mark at last in a debut season that made many people sit up and take notice.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button
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In the final race of the 2013 season in Brazil Jenson Button started his 247th Grand Prix. That remarkable tally carried him past former McLaren man David Coulthard as Britain’s most experienced F1 driver.

It also yielded Jenson’s best result of the entire season. Sadly for the 2009 World Champion, it was a fourth place, which tells you all you need to know about the dismal season the McLaren team had endured.

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