In this final episode of Keeping Track for 2011, we look back at the key moments of the year in our F1 season review, journalist Freddie Petersens explains the impact of Sebastian Vettel’s success in Germany, Paul Hembery reflects on Pirelli’s return to Formula One, and we look ahead to 2012 and the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.Click here to listen now!
1. What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit?
I really enjoy the fast left and right it´s about 5th or 6th gear and good fun.
2. What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?
I couldn't say I have a favorite because I’ve had many good meals in Melbourne.
3. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Travis Pastrana but if he was unwell, Sophia Bush.
4. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?
Aussie heads up another Red Bull 1-2... Button beats off Alonso for final podium spot... Hamilton’s season ends on a low note... Vettel ends with pole record
Mark Webber kept us waiting, but the Australian’s seventh win of his F1 career was all the sweeter as it sends him into the off-season on a high as he regroups and returns to try and match runaway teammate Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull Racing next year.
In this week’s episode of Keeping Track, we review the action from the F1 races in India and Abu Dhabi, Renault’s Bruno Senna helps us preview the Brazilian Grand Prix, Claire Williams gives us an inside look at one of F1’s most famous teams, and journalist Dan Knutson talks about Formula One’s return to the USA.Click here to listen to the Podcast now
1. What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit? Turn 3.
2. What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne? Pier 3 Restaurant, Port Melbourne.
3. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be? Nelson Mandela.
4. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'? My home GP, and without doubt the best GP on the calendar.
5. Who do you think is your biggest rival? I don’t really have any direct rivals, but the world recession is a pain!
Mark drove one of his best races of the season but even a series of fastest laps wasn’t enough to get him onto the podium in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He came home in fourth place, nine seconds behind Jenson Button.
“I was happy with the way I drove but the race was frustrating,” says Mark. “You get what you deserve in racing but this was very tough. Had I had a clean race I could have challenged Jenson for the podium, but that wasn’t the case.”
Vettel runs out of luck… Webber runs out of time… Button runs out of energy… and Lewis runs out the winner A new name went into the Yas Marina record books when Lewis Hamilton won the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for McLaren Mercedes.
Only Sebastian Vettel had won on the previous two visits to the spectacular Middle East venue, but in a sensational start to the 55-lap race Vettel, whose Red Bull Renault started from pole position, spun off on the second corner with a deflating right rear tyre.
On Friday 28 October, AFL young guns David Swallow and Brandon Matera who are renowned for their lightening on-field pace experienced speed like never before as they strapped in for a passenger ride on the Gold Coast.
Swallow and Matera travelled with no speed restrictions in a specially built 2-seater F1 car driven by Cam McConville.