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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.

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.

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