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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Lewis Leaves It Late - And Dan Does Wonders In The Wet

Lewis Hamilton took pole position, but Daniel Ricciardo won Australia's admiration, and many hearts, on Saturday when they traded fastest laps in a thrilling, dramatic and rain-drenched conclusion to qualifying for Sunday's Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Finally, after the phoney war of pre-season testing and two days of smoke-and-mirrors work in the practice sessions, there was a pure demonstration of speed, courage and total commitment amid plumes of spray and intermittent downpours at an enthralled Albert Park.

Hamilton On Pole, Ricciardo On Front Row

Aussie outshines Vettel on Red Bull Racing debut

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his third pole position in Australia and the 32nd of his career with a time of 1:44.595 in the Mercedes in a thrilling shoot-out at Albert Park.

Dan Ricciardo grabbed the headlines with a best-ever front-row spot on debut for Red Bull – while teammate and World Champion Sebastian Vettel failed to make it into the final segment of qualifying for the first time since 2012.

Rookie Kevin Magnussen is on the second row for McLaren in his first-ever F1 race.

Van Gisbergen Maintains The Rage

Clean sweep looms as Kiwi makes it three, reports Mark Fattore.

New Zealand enforcer Shane Van Gisbergen is on track for the first V8 Supercar clean sweep at Albert Park in six years following another dominant display in race three of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge on Saturday.

The pole-sitter again blasted to the front from the double-file rolling start, which is proving to be a popular addition to the V8 Supercar program this weekend.

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson
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Sweden has a proud history of producing top-class racing drivers: think Ronnie Peterson at Lotus for a start, think Gunnar Nilsson in the same team before him, think Stefan Johansson at McLaren and Ferrari – the last Swede to score World Championship points for third place in an Onyx at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1989.

Can Ericsson slot into that tradition? He brings a wealth of experience to the task, having spent the last four seasons as a GP2 driver without quite reaching the heights of winning that coveted title.

Finch Flips and McEwen takes top spot in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

Rachael Finch escaped a dramatic crash unscathed after flipping her car in the first race of the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge, with Robbie McEwen cruising to victory over a determined Brett Emerton.

Finch had been locked in a fierce battle mid-way through the field with Clint Stanaway before a slight nudge by the Channel Nine Sports Reporter caused her to spin out and lose control on turn ten.

Rosberg Rampant, Vettel Vexed

Mercedes continue to set the pace at Albert Park, as Tim Collings reports

Nico Rosberg maintained Mercedes' mastery of proceedings in Saturday's third and final practice session for the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix when he outpaced nearest rival Jenson Button of McLaren by four-tenths of a second.

The 28-year-old German, tipped by many as a strong contender for victory this weekend at Albert Park, delivered a fast and tidy performance that edged him clear of team-mate and 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton on a humid and windy day.

Luff Turns The Tables

Race 2 in the Porsche Carrera Cup threw up a challenge to Steven Richards, as Mark Fattore reports.

Championship leader Warren Luff has exacted his revenge on arch-rival Steve Richards, winning today’s Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The duo was again a class above the competition, but this time Luff led throughout as he posted a 1.38-second victory over race one winner Richards, with the top five completed by Nick Foster, Craig Baird and Sam Power.

It's Not Noise, It's Music - Or Is It?

Two-time Melbourne winner David Coulthard gives his slant on F1’s hottest talking-point

David Coulthard liked what he saw at Albert Park when the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix got under way – but the 13-time Grand Prix winner wasn’t too sure about what he had heard.

“When you go into a nightclub you’re not expecting to hear Chris de Burgh singing ‘Lady in Red’, are you?” asked DC, who took out the Melbourne race in 1997 and again in 2003 – the last one of those 13 victories.

'Concorde Doesn't Fly Any More': Webber Sums Up 'New' F1

He says there are a couple of kilos hidden away somewhere on his rangy frame, but Mark Webber still looked lean and mean as he fronted the media at Albert Park on Friday morning for his one and only press conference at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Webber, accustomed to endless questioning in his 12 appearances at his home race as a Grand Prix driver, was relaxed as he looked forward to the first of a handful of Grands Prix he will attend in 2014 as a Red Bull athlete.

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