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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Mark Webber: Just get out to Melbourne and get on with the racing

Their home Grand Prix is a mixed blessing for Australia’s Formula One favourites Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber. Yes, it’s great to see family, friends… and the sun; but demands on their time are extraordinary so race weekend comes as a relief.

When you are approaching your 200th Grand Prix, starting your 12th World Championship season and the senior man on the 22-driver grid, you might be forgiven for taking a broad, relaxed view of life in the Formula One paddock.

Not if you’re Mark Webber.

Gates are open and the action has begun!

Despite the cool change in weather, the action is heating up on day one of the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Celebrating “Heritage Day” which commemorates 60 years since the first Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in 1953, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation has opened the gates to hoards of general admission patrons.

The patrons who are streaming into experience the thrill and excitement of the Australian Grand Prix have enjoyed the unmistakable sounds of the first cars to roar around the iconic street circuit.

Sir Jack and AJ: Two Bronzed Australians

Sixty years after the Australian Grand Prix was first staged at Albert Park, the two men who did most to place Australia firmly on the world motor racing map will be honoured at a unique ceremony before the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix on Sunday 17 March.

Bronze busts of Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE, Formula One World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966, and Alan Jones MBE, who became Australia’s second Formula One World Champion in 1980, will be unveiled in a special ceremony at the Albert Park circuit at 2 pm on race day.

Formula One fever revs up Shepparton

Less than a week before the spotlight is on Melbourne for the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the Swisse F1 Two-Seater revved up residents of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley by putting on an exhilarating display along High St and at the Shepparton Showgrounds.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation in conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council coordinated the activities, with V8 Supercars driver Cam McConville the trusted man behind the wheel of the Swisse F1 Two-Seater.

It's A Young Man's World

As we prepare to enjoy the 64th season of World Championship Grand Prix racing, the influx of five rookies has brought the average age of the 22-man grid for 2013 down to just 26.


ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ: ‘READY TO TAKE THE LEAP’

Of the newcomers, the youngest is 21-year-old Esteban Gutiérrez, the Sauber F1 Team driver who will be Mexico’s second representative on the grid after replacing his compatriot Sergio Pérez, now with McLaren.

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