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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Winterbottom leads from start to finish

The opening MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix saw Ford teammates Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert claim a dominant 1-2, with Holden's James Courtney in third.

With his new FG/X Falcon clearly enjoying the open expanses of the Albert Park circuit, Winterbottom controlled proceedings from the rolling start, and even a safety car intervention for three laps didn't put him off his game.

Ready or not, here I come

The first free practice session for the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix was a bit like a map of Australia: lots going on around the edges, not so much in the middle.

Just a few minutes into the one-and-a-half hour session Nico Rosberg put down what would be the overall best time of 1 minute 29.557 seconds, Mercedes picking up where they left off last year on top of the heap.

Renault conquers the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit

The Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R has become the first production car to set a lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit with a time of 2:23min and an average speed of 133kph.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing new recruit Daniil Kvyat took the helm and steered the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R to this impressive time.

The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ was held on Thursday 12th March and is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule.

Sauber don't go Dutch

The three-into-two saga at Sauber has ended, at least for the time being, with the news that Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde will not be in one of the Swiss team’s cockpits this weekend.

While Van der Garde’s legal case against Sauber for hiring Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr when the Dutchman already had a contract for 2015 was upheld, it seems he has been unable to secure a Super Licence – the mandatory FIA document allowing a driver to compete in Grand Prix racing.

Richards pips Lawlor in Heritage opener

Veteran Jim Richards again reminded everyone why he is such a legend in motor racing circles with a classy victory in the opening Penrite Oil Heritage Touring Car race at the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

After passing fellow-Nissan driver Terry Lawlor on lap one, Richards then had his rear vision full for the remainder of the race but didn't miss a beat, eventually crossing the line with 0.2527 seconds to spare over his front row rival.

Frosty treat in V8 Supercar qualifying

Ford's Mark ‘Frosty' Winterbottom has pipped teammate Chaz Mostert to take the No. 1 spot on the grid for Friday’s opening MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge race at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Winterbottom stopped the clock with a best lap of 1:56.0517, just a smidgeon in arrears of Craig Lowndes's lap record of 1:55.9682 set in 2011.

‘It's fantastic to be on pole position again,’ said Winterbottom. ‘The team has topped every session today, and I'm just glad I made it to the top in the right one!

McBride to lead away Porsche Carrera Cup pack

Nick McBride left his best until last to snare pole position for the Porsche Carrera Cup program at the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Just when it appeared that 19-year-old class rookie Matt Campbell was going to claim a stirring pole position in his first visit to Albert Park, McBride pulled out a scorching 1:57.9486 to move to the top, just 0.038 seconds ahead of the teenager (1:57.9514).

But it's tight all-round, with just 0.1973 seconds separating the top six in qualifying.

Lewis lost for words as Max gets ready to race

Lewis Hamilton was left struggling for words on Thursday.

Glancing at the faces around him, the 30-year-old world champion realised he was the oldest driver in the room.

At the first official press conference on the eve of opening practice for this weekend’s race, Hamilton came face to face with a truth he had not anticipated.

‘Hey, so, you were born in 1997?’ he asked 17-year-old Dutch debutant Max Verstappen. ‘That was the year I signed my first contract with McLaren… ‘


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