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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

What's In A Name?

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Names and nicknames are a lot of fun, so to start with here’s another question for you: what does a Pampas Bull have to do with the most successful marque in Formula 1 history?

Ferrari’s F138 was launched in Maranello at the end of last week. The Lotus E21 was the 21st car to come from that team’s Enstone stable, but where does the Italian constructor get its nomenclature from?

Latest In A Long Line

In some ways March 6, 1981 was a typical day at Silverstone: it rained. In other ways it was an historic occasion.

On that date the McLaren MP4-1 was unveiled at the famous British track. The designation was taken from Marlboro, then major sponsors, and Project Four, the company run by a former Brabham mechanic called Ron Dennis.

This was the first fruit of the new McLaren International partnership that brought together Dennis and technical wizard John Barnard. It was also Formula 1’s first carbon fibre monocoque.

Sebastian Vettel: “Don't Forget Alain!"

Seb had radio problems in his Red Bull cockpit at various times during 2012, but the issue in Brazil was the message, not the medium.

As the German slowed down following a hectic race that finally clinched the crown, team chief Christian Horner came on to tell him the list of great names who had previously taken the title three times.

“He forgot Alain Prost,” observed Vettel, who at the age of 25 now occupies the same space in the record-books as Schumacher, Fangio, Prost, Senna, Lauda, Piquet, Stewart and of course Sir Jack.

Jenson Button: Substance As Well As Style

It looked like a foregone conclusion. The 2102 title, that is: so complete was Jenson Button’s performance in winning the season-opening race at Albert Park it seemed he was a racing certainty to take the crown for the second time in a career that began in Australia in 2000.

His failure to do so was more a matter of McLaren machinery than the man at the wheel. Button, who turned 33 in January, won just two more races, in Belgium and Brazil, and finished up fifth overall, two points behind departing teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Friendly Fire Should Fire Up Webber

Australian ace Mark Webber heads into his 12th season in Formula 1® with change and controversy swirling around his 36-year-old head. He has a new engineer, he’s undergone further surgery in the off-season – and most of all, he has been the subject of some highly critical remarks from within his own Red Bull Racing team. What’s going on?

A Leg Up

It’s four years now since Mark lay on the ground in Tasmania with his right leg broken, the result of a rather lop-sided coming-together between his bike and a four-wheel-drive during his Challenge on the Apple Isle.

Formula 1® fever races into Shepparton

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation in conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council today announced that the thrill and excitement of Formula 1® will race into Shepparton, on Saturday March 9 with the Swisse F1 Two-Seater car set to provide spectators with an up close and personal view of the F1 action.

The Swisse F1 Two-Seater car will be driven by V8 Supercar driver Cam McConville, putting on a spectacular show for locals along High St, before further displays and activities at the Shepparton Showgrounds.

Lotus First To Break Cover

It’s official: the 2013 season is upon us with the news that Lotus have launched their latest car, the E21. The unglamorous name comes from the fact that it’s the 21st car to come out of the former Renault HQ at Enstone in the UK.

But what’s in a name? This is the car designed to build on a 2012 season where the E20 carried Kimi Raikkonen to third in the Drivers’ World Championship and Lotus to fourth in the Constructors’.

Kimi Raikkonen: 'Leave Me Alone...'

It was the most-quoted line of 2012; within minutes, it seemed, it had made its way around the world; and within days it was on a tee-shirt being handed out to everyone in the Lotus factory in the UK.

“Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing,” said Kimi Raïkkönen from the cockpit at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit in the 18th race of the season. He was on his way to the first victory of his comeback year, but it was the 19th of his Formula 1 career so clearly he didn’t need the engineers jabbering in his ear while he went about his business.

50 days until the 2013 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

Today marks 50 days to go until day one of the 2013 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

Event preparations are in full swing with an impressive support line-up confirmed and Nitro Circus Live locked in to headline the post-race entertainment.

Australian fast bowler and self-proclaimed F1 fan, Peter Siddle, visited “F1 World” at Queensbridge Square today and declared his excitement for the upcoming event.

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