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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

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Giedo van der Garde has withdrawn his contempt of court action against the Swiss team, which he was pursuing because of its decision not to reinstate him this weekend.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

Arrows fly as Ricciardo stays put

Nico Rosberg and the dominant Mercedes team topped second free practice at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix as a disappointing day ended early for Daniel Ricciardo.

Last year’s Melbourne winner Rosberg, 29, clocked a best lap of one minute 27.697 seconds in the second session to finish one-tenth clear of Mercedes team-mate, world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Silver Arrows were seven-tenths of a second clear of their rivals, led by a resurgent Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel, enjoying his first day in red, was third ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

McBride wins maiden Carrera Cup race

Nick McBride has posted a start-to-finish victory in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix – his first victory in the popular sports car category.

McBride, who started from pole position, won the race ahead of Steven Richards, with Cameron McConville and Matt Campbell flashing across the finish line in third and fourth, the top four separated by just 1.5 seconds.

Score one to the two-wheeled champ

Top-flight sport, showbiz and the media were all on track for the second Ultimate Speed Comparison at Albert Park – and for the second day running the F1 component of the three-car ‘race’ had to admit defeat.

This time it was the two-litre Mercedes A45 AMG driven by Mick Doohan that took the honours in the handicap event that sees a road car – the Merc – set off 14 seconds ahead of a V8 Supercar and the two of them chased, 40 seconds later, by the Minardi F1-built Swisse Two-Seater.


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