New sounds, new engines and a new era of racing drew a fantastic crowd of an estimated 71,000 to the see the Formula One cars hit the track for the first time in 2014. Pre-race favourites Mercedes AMG Petronas, lived up to the hype finishing the day on top, with Lewis Hamilton recording the fastest lap ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.
Mark Fattore wraps up the opening race of the Porsche series at Albert Park
A spirited Steve Richards has snapped Warren Luff’s three-race winning streak in the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup with an all-the-way victory in today’s 10-lap race at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Richards got the best of a dog-fight for hole-shot honours at the start of the race and then maintained his ascendancy for the entire journey, running out a 1.59-second winner over Luff, with Nick Foster completing the podium.
Familiar names rise to top as F1’s new era gets under way
New order? What new order? Four of F1’s biggest names topped the times when the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix got into its stride on Friday.
Pre-season favourites Mercedes confirmed their status as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg came out on top, with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari just behind – and Red Bull Racing dismissed rumours of near-terminal trouble with their Renault engines with Sebastian Vettel in fourth place.
Former Socceroo, Brett Emerton cruised to pole position for the first race of the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Emerton edged out Australian cycling legend and race favourite, Robbie McEwen in an electrifying qualifying session today at the Albert Park street circuit. Travel adventurer and UK Television personality Charley Boorman qualified a close third.
Emerton said he was extremely happy with the result and was looking forward to the first race tomorrow.
Soccer star snatches pole for race series, Mark Fattore reports.
Former international football supremo Brett Emerton is the driver to beat in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
The 35-year-old locked in pole position during Friday afternoon’s quick-fire 15-minute qualifying session, with ace cyclist Robbie McEwen the only other driver within cooee of the soccer star.
Two poles translate into two wins for quick Kiwi, as Mark Fattore reports.
Shane Van Gisbergen’s impeccable front-running form in the MSS Security V8 Supercar Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix continued in Friday’s second race.
His tried-and-tested formula for success at Albert Park produced a second consecutive victory from pole position as he fended off early pressure from fellow-Holden Commodore drivers Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard before settling into a pace and rhythm that kept him at the sharp end of the 25-car pack.
Experience was the key factor when the ‘new’ F1 hit the Albert Park track, says Tim Collings.
Experience showed in Friday's opening session at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button topped the times as the teams made a cautious start to the 'new era' at Albert Park.
Alonso and Button have started more than 450 Grands Prix between them and are the most experienced drivers in the field, an invaluable asset when the rules have been so heavily revised.
Holden’s Kiwi lays down the Albert Park law, reports Mark Fattore
Shane Van Gisbergen was imperious in the opening MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge race at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
The New Zealander led from start to finish to claim the spoils over fellow-Holden driver Jamie Whincup, with Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin in third position.
His Dad was a McLaren driver – for one Grand Prix. Now Kevin Magnussen is looking forward to a slightly longer spell with one of F1’s grandee teams.
Jan Magnussen of Denmark came into F1 on the crest of a wave, rated as the finest winner of the prestigious British F3 title since a man by the name of Ayrton Senna.
It didn’t quite turn out that way as Magnussen failed to build on a one-race fill-in role with McLaren in 1995 when he was named as partner to Rubens Barrichello in the new-for-1997 Stewart Grand Prix team.
Williams Martini Racing is on the up-and-up – and one of F1’s most-loved teams now has a strong feminine and family component in its make-up. Tim Collings reports.
One year on and Claire Williams sits in the Albert Park paddock with a smile on her face -- and a sharp one-liner on her tongue.
After a tumultuous twelve months for her and the eponymous team, founded by her father Sir Frank Williams, she has every right to do so.