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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Hart makes fast Formula Ford start

Synergy Motorsport driver Mathew Hart has claimed pole position for the opening race of this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

Hart, who finished as the top rookie in the 2011 championship, led a Synergy 1-2 in the session, edging out team-mate Liam Sager by just .0176 of a second. Shae Davies will start third on the grid, ahead of Garry Jacobson, Jonathon Venter and CAMS Rising Star Jack LeBrocq, who set the pace in this morning’s 30-minute practice session.

Preview: Questions answered

After an off-season of intrigue, speculation and subterfuge, part of the true picture of Formula One in 2012 will be revealed on Friday in Melbourne

The waiting is almost over… and we’re about to get a true picture of the pecking order in this year’s World Championship.

More than 48,000 kilometres were compiled by the teams across three pre-season tests at Jerez and Barcelona, and the difficult task of establishing a pecking order from that ‘phoney war’ was made even harder when eight different drivers ended on top of the timesheets after the first eight days.

999 from six of the best

They’ve contested 999 Grands Prix, won 186 of them, been on pole 160 times and set 156 fastest laps.

They have won the last 12 Formula 1 world titles.

They are the six World Champions about to take part in the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix. And every one of them is already a Melbourne race-winner.

That’s Sebastian Vettel (title-winner in 2010-11), Jenson Button (2009), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Fernando Alonso (2005-06) and Michael Schumacher (2000-04).

Flying the flag

Ten years ago, Daniel Ricciardo was trackside as Mark Webber made a stirring Formula One debut at home. This Sunday, the young Australian is looking to make his own mark on Albert Park.

March, 2002. A 12-year-old Formula One fan sits with his mum and dad in a grandstand along the start-finish straight at Albert Park, cheering on local hope Mark Webber as he takes an unlikely fifth place on debut for Minardi.

One of the most memorable moments in Australian Grand Prix history – and one that lit a fuse in the impressionable youngster.

Mark Skaife and L’Oreal Men Expert Team up for Australian Grand Prix

For the second consecutive year, motor racing legend Mark Skaife will compete in Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia as a high profile addition to the field at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Skaife will drive the Team L'Oréal Porsche at Albert Park, with the French beauty and cosmetics icon using the association with Skaife to promote its L'Oréal Men Expert range of men’s skincare products. Resplendent in its vibrant orange and black livery, the Team L'Oréal Porsche is set to stand out from one of the best Carrera Cup fields ever assembled in Australia.

Back for another crack

It’s an addiction.

Winning, that is, when you are a world-class player in one of the most competitive sports on the planet. And the most recent winner in Formula One is Australia’s own Mark Webber, who will line up on the Albert Park grid for Red Bull Racing once again this weekend.

Webber, who went so close to the World Championship crown in 2010, came out of a difficult 2011 campaign with the taste of success in his mouth once more after winning the final race of the season in Brazil.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no it’s Jet Pack Man!

Racing reached new heights at the Albert Park circuit yesterday, with Jet Pack Man launching into a drag race against a Renault Megane RS along Lakeside Drive.

With a 50 kilogram jetpack strapped to his back and powered by a combination of liquid fuel, gas and steam, Jet Pack Man propelled to speeds of approximately 100km/h and a height of 50 metres.

Ironically, it was the Renault Magane RS that got the jump on Jet Pack Man who launched upwards before propelling forward and flying up and over the Qantas overpass towards the checkered flag.

Don't Wait for Waite, almost sold out and only $310 for 4 days!

The Waite Grandstand, situated on the eastern side of the Lake at Turn 12, is perfect for viewing Formula One racing. It also provides dramatic viewing of challenging Turns 11 and 12. The superscreen diagonally opposite ensures you won't miss a second of the race. If you feel like a wander, you'll find the Golf Course entertainment areas and food and bar facilities conveniently close by. The Waite Grandstand also has un-reserved disabled seating available

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