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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

Red Bulls roar again

Vettel and Webber claim RBR’s second 1-2 finish of the year... Hamilton has a big ‘off’ but Button fights through to the podium... Michael has ‘big fun’ and makes up 19 places in a busy Belgian race... Senna off to a bad start.

The boys are back in school – and young Sebastian Vettel showed he is still very much the man in charge with his seventh win of the year and the 17th of his short F1 career to put one hand on a second successive Drivers’ World Championship trophy.

Belgian Grand Prix Preview

26 - 28 August 2011

Venue: Spa-Francorchamps
Circuit Length: 7.004 Km
Laps: 44
Lap Record: 1:45.108 = 238.931 km/h K. Raikkonen (McLaren) 2004

‘Aaaaahhhh’: you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief as F1 is back, and back on a ‘proper’ circuit…

“It’s a place where you really feel on the limit,” says 2010 winner Lewis Hamilton, “and that’s pretty awesome in a Formula 1 car.”

One stop too many costs Mark probable podium

Mark finished an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix in fifth place. However, his chances of a fifth consecutive podium ended late in the race when he was forced to make an extra pit stop for dry tyres after a heavy rain shower failed to materialise.

“When it started to rain with 20 laps to go,” says Mark, “I pitted for intermediate tyres. Everyone was skidding around in front of me at the entrance to the pit lane, so I made the call to pit. It didn’t work out because the heavier rain didn’t come and I had to pit for dries a couple of laps later, but I wanted to roll the dice.”

Back-to-back wins for McLaren, no holiday for the rest

There may be dozens of buttons on a Formula 1 steering wheel these days, but there is only one Button behind the wheel – and Jenson had all the answers to head home Sebastian Vettal and Fernando Alonso as a treacherous Hungaroring provided a stern examination of all the drivers’ talent.

The 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship has reached its mid-season break – and the team going off on holiday with all the momentum behind it is McLaren.

Hungarian Grand Prix - Round 11

29 - 31 July 2011

Venue: Budapest
Circuit Length: 4.381 Km
Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:19.071 = 199.461 km/h M. Schumacher (Ferrari) 2004

Four different winners in the last four races: the Red Bull monopoly is over for now and it’s Vettel and Webber who have some catching up to do!

Seb hasn’t won here and last year he goofed behind the Safety Car, letting Mark pounce for an opportunistic win.

Mark makes it three podiums in a row at the Nurburgring

Mark finished third in today’s German Grand Prix, his third successive podium at the spectacular Nurburgring which hosts the event every second year, alternating with Hockenheim. Surprisingly, given the atrocious weather conditions early on race day, the 60-lap grand prix was dry throughout and F1 fans were treated to a thrilling race-long battle between Mark, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

‘One of the best’ gives Hamilton first Nürburgring victory

Lewis Hamilton produced his finest form to take his second victory of the year, the 16th of his career and his first at the fabled Nürburgring as the German Grand Prix brought a thrilling 2011 World Championship season to its halfway mark on Sunday.

Hamilton used his outstanding qualifying effort to the full by converting a front row spot into the race win, heading home Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in the Red Bull Renault.

German Grand Prix - Round 10

Venue: Nűrburgring
Circuit Length: 5.148 km
Laps: 60
Lap Record: 1:29.468 = 207.144 km/h M. Schumacher (Ferrari) 2004 (GP of Europe)

Runaway leader Seb Vettel has yet to win his home Grand Prix: he was second in `09 on this circuit on the memorable day when Mark Webber won for the first time, and third last year at Hockenheim.

Ferrari break through as old feud reignites

Fernando Alonso made the most of Ferrari’s pace and errors from his opposition to take his first race win in 2011, but as they did at Silverstone last year, Red Bull hogged the headlines – and for the wrong reasons

Given Ferrari’s pedigree and history in Formula One, it’s hard to imagine it existing under the radar – but that’s exactly what the famed Italian marque and Fernando Alonso did on Sunday at the British Grand Prix. That stealth was rewarded with a win on a day when their nearest rivals found new ways to self-destruct.

British Grand Prix Preview - Round 9

Venue: Silverstone
Circuit Length: 5.901 Km
Laps: 60
Lap Record: 1:30.874 = 233.373 km/h F. Alonso (Ferrari) 2010

F1 returns to what TV commentator Martin Brundle now calls “the centre of the universe for motor racing”.

A spectacular makeover has seen the arrival of Silverstone’s ‘Wing’, a 390m-long, 30m-high new pit building opened in May.

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