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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

‘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.

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.


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