2014 GP Advantage member, Bruce Severns, has documented his experience being driven around Albert Park in the Swisse Two-Seater. If you would like to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity then click here to purchase a 4-Day or 4-Corner Grandstand ticket and go automatically into the draw.
31 MAR - 03 APR 2016
It means, quite simply, ‘the best or nothing’.
It’s the Mercedes-Benz motto, but it also fits perfectly with the win-at-all-costs F1 mentality. And at last it has come true: yet another 1-2 victory for Mercedes-Benz at the new venue of Sochi in Russia wrapped up the first Constructors’ Championship for the German marque with three races to spare.
Lewis Hamilton spearheaded the ninth 1-2 triumph for the 2014 version of the Silver Arrows, cruising home after securing his seventh pole position of the season and the team’s ninth front-row lock-out.
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton extended his winning streak to three races and his World Championship lead to 10 points but the Briton’s joy at his first Suzuka victory was tempered by concern for Jules Bianchi, whose Marussia crashed heavily and caused the rain-affected race to be red-flagged after 44 of the scheduled 53 laps.
Bianchi, 25, went off at Turn 15 where only minutes earlier Adrian Sutil’s Sauber had also left the track. The German driver was unhurt but still at the scene when Bianchi suffered his own accident.
On May 25 in Monaco Jules Bianchi earned a place in the Formula 1 history books when he scored the first points for his Marussia team. Just over four months later the 25-year-old Frenchman is fighting for his life after suffering severe head injury in a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
With 42 laps of the scheduled 53 gone in tricky, wet and gloomy conditions, Sauber’s Adrian Sutil ran off the track. Shortly afterwards Bianchi lost control of his Marussia at the same spot and hit the back of the recovery vehicle dealing with the Sutil incident.
There’s a giant ferris wheel overlooking the track, whose name starts with an S – but those are about the only similarities between Singapore, where the teams have just been, and Suzuka, where they have just arrived for round 15 of the 19 in this year’s World Championship.
One other resemblance: it’s a track the drivers love, for very different reasons. An old-school road course, Suzuka has always brought out the best in the best: in the last 19 visits there, 18 races have been won by World Champions.
V8 Supercars star Will Davison will drive the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix Swisse Two-Seater at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this October, taking V8 Supercars commentator Mark Beretta for a hot lap.
Davison will return to his open-wheeler roots and become the first person to lap Mount Panorama in the Minardi F1 car for the weekend on Thursday, before handing the reins back to regular driver Zsolt Baumgartner.
In sport, momentum is everything – and Lewis Hamilton has it right now after claiming his second successive win and his seventh of 2014 in Singapore to vault into the World Championship lead.
There was drama before the start of the 61-lap race – eventually reduced to 60 by the two-hour rule – when Rosberg’s Mercedes failed to get away from the dummy grid.
There is only one team in the running for the Constructors’ World Championship this season – but for the last three years there has only been one team and driver in the running in Singapore, where the 14th round of the 2014 series takes place this weekend.
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Renault have won every race in the Lion City since 2011 – but how times change. The World Champion has yet to post a victory this season, in fact he has only been on the podium twice, so if Red Bull want someone to stop the Mercedes charge it should probably be Dan Ricciardo they look to.
V8 Supercars and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) will make history by giving fans the experience of a lifetime when two of the pinnacles of motorsport – a Formula One car and Mount Panorama – are brought together.
The joint initiative will give the V8 faithful at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 a taste of what to expect at the 2015 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next March, where V8 Supercars and Formula One will again share the track.