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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Kimi crushes them at Albert Park

Kimi Raikkonen has won the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix for Lotus Renault with a brilliant display over 58 laps at the Albert Park circuit.

The 33-year-old Finn beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 12.4 seconds with Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull Renault a further 9.8 seconds away in third place.

Australia’s Mark Webber was sixth in the second Red Bull after a slipping clutch saw him lose five places off the line, while Dan Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso Ferrari was out after 41 laps with an exhaust system failure.

New honour for man who showed Australians the way

Keen-eyed patrons at Albert Park for the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will see a new name as they walk around the circuit precinct.

Well, new and familiar at the same time: the name belongs to Sir Jack Brabham, but for the first time it features on some smart new street-signs on the western side of Albert Park Lake.

In the Fifties, when Jack Brabham (as he then was) competed at Albert Park, the thoroughfare running north-south on the western side was Aughtie Walk.

World Champions Immortalised at Albert Park

Australia’s two Formula One World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, were honoured in a special ceremony before Sunday’s 2013 Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Bronze busts of Sir Jack, World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966, and Alan, Australia’s second World Champion in 1980, were unveiled by the Premier of Victoria, Dr. Denis Napthine, at the circuit which staged its first Australian Grand Prix six decades ago.

Doohan spoils DC’s perfect score

Mick Doohan finally put Australia in top spot when the last Ultimate Speed Comparison one-lap handicap race was held at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Doohan (Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG ) snapped Scot David Coulthard’s three-race winning streak in the RB7 F1 car with a beautifully controlled drive, while Casey Stoner (Commodore V8 Supercar) was only metres behind in third.

All bets were laid off in the finale, with the three drivers setting their fastest laps of the weekend.

Baird goes back-to-back

Gold Coast-based New Zealander Craig Baird has made light work of the field to win the third and final Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

There’s always a sense of inevitability when Baird hits the lead in a Carrera Cup race at Albert Park, and so it was again today when he led from start-to-finish ahead of Warren Luff and race one winner Steve Richards.

Baird has now won four consecutive Carrara Cup rounds at Albert Park.

McLaughlin takes first win, Coulthard takes overall honours

Nineteen-year-old rookie Scott McLaughlin has performed like a seasoned professional to win his first V8 Supercar race at Albert Park this afternoon, as the MSS Security-backed V8 Supercars Challenge at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix came to a close.

The New Zealander didn’t put a foot wrong in race four as he streaked to a 1.658-second victory over Craig Lowndes, who just got the better of Fabian Coulthard. All three drivers were in Commodores.

Lyons rampant

British teenager Michael Lyons has run away with victory in the Total Oil International Sports Cars race at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

The 19-year-old took his thumping 8.8-litre March 717 – which is owned by his father -- to a 24-second victory over Victorian Alex Davison (Porsche 936-81) in the five-lap race, with Russell Kempnich (Porsche 956C) in third position.

Lyons has enjoyed a dream fortnight in Australia, after also clean-sweeping the sports car races at the Phillip Island classic event last weekend.

Mixed reactions: what they said about Qualifying

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne blamed his Toro Rosso team for an incorrect call to use slick super-soft tyres in Q2, a decision that he said cost him a place in Q3.

"Qualifying was going quite well on my first run," said Vergne. "When I came into the pits after the long first run on intermediates, I was expecting to fit the same type of tyres, but the team opted to put me on slicks.

"I believed they had a better picture of the situation than I did, but it turned out to be the wrong choice and cost me a chance to get into Q3, which is a shame."

Easy for some!

“It looked easy,Seb,” said an inquisitive English journalist after Sebastian Vettel had mastered the damp and blustery conditions at Albert Park to seize pole here for the third time and for the 37th time in his Formula 1 career.

“Well then, you should do it next time!” was the World Champion’s retort. “Definitely not easy in these conditions,” he said firmly.

“I had two good runs, one on inters, one on dry tyres and on the dries I got into the groove. The car felt very similar in balance to what I had on Friday so I was happy and ready to push in the lap.

Red Bull roar again with front-row lock-out

Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber showed their champion qualities on Sunday morning when they locked out the front row of the grid for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix – just as they did in 2010.

Seventeen and a half hours after it began on a rain-hit and windswept Saturday, the normal hour of qualifying was finally completed with defending triple World Champion Vettel on pole for the 37th time in his career.

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