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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Meet F1’s most colourful character

How would you like to travel the world, following Formula 1 – not for work, but purely for pleasure?

Meet Moko, a self-declared Formula One fan who has managed to talk his way into the paddock at Grands Prix all over the world, including this weekend’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

A 60-year-old Senegalese, Moko is now one of the best-known figures in the F1 paddocks of the world.

That’s because he’s been flying to races at his own expense since first attending the French Grand Prix in 1979.

Lawlor turns the tables in Heritage Touring Cars

In another tight battle of the heavyweight Nissan touring cars of the early ’90s, Terry Lawlor has edged out Jim Richards to win the second Penrite Oil Heritage Touring Car race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

In brilliant sunshine at Albert Park, the pair exchanged the lead several times in the eight-lapper before Lawlor (Skyline R32) annex the top spot for the final time on the second last blast down pit straight, and that's how they finished: less than a second apart and then daylight back to third-placed David Holc (Holden VL Commodore).

Tim Schenken: Still going strong

He’s one of the most engaging personalities in Australian motor sport.

He’s also one of the busiest men at Albert Park this weekend.

Tim Schenken, former F1 racer, is now Clerk of the Course for the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, a crucial task which he sums up very simply.

‘The Clerk of Course is like the CEO of a company. So he’s responsible, in my case, for all the sporting aspects of the whole event here. Not just Formula 1, but all the support races and other track activity in their sporting aspects.

Where there's a will...

The in-out legal wrangling over who will drive for Sauber at the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is over.

Giedo van der Garde has withdrawn his contempt of court action against the Swiss team, which he was pursuing because of its decision not to reinstate him this weekend.

The move frees up the officially-entered pairing of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to resume driving duties in the Sauber C34 Ferraris this weekend.

None of the three drivers took to the track in Friday’s opening free practice.

Wolff not in sheep's clothin

Toto Wolff has one of the most enviable but also the most challenging management jobs in Formula One – and it begins again in earnest when his front-running drivers go head to head for pole position at Albert Park.

As the boss of champions Mercedes, Wolff knows his team are clear favourites to win not only this weekend’s season opening Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, but another constructors’ title.

Rolex celebrates with Melbourne as it marks two decades for Formula 1® at Albert Park

Rolex, the timeless luxury Swiss watch brand, is excited to be celebrating its third consecutive year as Title Sponsor of the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, as Melbourne marks a key milestone in its history of hosting Formula 1® racing. Rolex’s special association with the first Grand Prix™ of the season, at the iconic Albert Park Circuit, highlights its passion for supporting leading motor sport events. It also underscores Rolex’s long-term commitment as a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1®.

No easy answers for Sauber Chief

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn came under fire during an intense second official press conference at Albert Park ahead of Sunday’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Kaltenborn, 43, has been under severe pressure this week as dropped Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde seeks to secure a race seat ahead of 2015 incumbents Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

Formula 1 gets edgy on Friday

Ferrari’s new chief has added some urban realism to Formula 1’s normal vocabulary of corporate and technical jargon.

In the sport’s second official news conference of the season, quiet-spoken Italian Maurizio Arrivabene was asked to explain why Ferrari were ready to supply engines again to the revamped Manor Marussia team which last year collapsed without paying its bills.

With Manor’s Graeme Lowdon sitting behind him, Arrivabene answered in a heavy accent – but in very plain English.

Winterbottom's perfect day

Ford teammates Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert have banked another one-two finish in the second MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Holden drivers Shane van Gisbergen, James Courtney and Jamie Whincup completed the top five in their Commodores.

The nine-lap race, shortened from the original 12 due to time constraints, saw Winterbottom and Mostert take maximum advantage of the front row rolling start, but the rolling scrum was slowed almost immediately.


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