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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

‘Slow' Or 'Multi-21, Seb': The Message Stays The Same

For Formula 1 fans with long memories, Sepang 2013 was a chilling throwback to events in 1982 when the controversial subject of ‘team orders’ was at the heart of one of the sport’s most deeply-felt tragedies.

We’ll get to that shortly, but in case you’re wondering, ‘team orders’ are not new: they’ve been around ever since the World Championship began back in the Fifties, and at first they were a pretty straightforward element of the racing scene.

ROUND 2 - Malaysia 22-24 March 2013

Venue: Sepang
Circuit Length: 5.543 Km
Laps: 56
Lap Record: 1:34.223 = 211.782 km/h - J. Montoya (Williams BMW) 2004

Odd note:
Melbourne, post-race press conference: a questioner asks Sebastian Vettel if he has seen the weather forecast for Sepang, where apparently it is going to rain on Friday… and Saturday… and Sunday: will this affect his strategy? “Have you been to Malaysia?” Seb retorts. “It rains every day there!”

‘Thanks everyone, great job!’

The 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen upset all pre-season predictions on Sunday when he produced one of the finest drives of his Formula One career to win an enthralling Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The 33-year-old Finn, driving his Renault-powered Lotus with elan and precision, needed only two pit stops as he raced from seventh on the starting grid to his 20th victory in a contest that featured six different race leaders and 10 changes of leadership.

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