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Alonso - The Start of a New Formula One

Double world champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari said 'a new Formula One' will be unwrapped here in Melbourne this weekend when Sunday's Australian Grand Prix bursts into action.
 
After the introduction of a clutch of new rules and a new tyre supplier, the 29-year-old Spaniard believes the spectacle and the sport will be so much changed it will seem to be 'all new' when the curtain rises on the new season.

Kiwi Takes Cup Car Pole

FORMER Formula 1 hopeful Jonny Reid has taken pole position for Friday’s first Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The young Kiwi, who has been racing in New Zealand’s Porsche series over the summer, lapped Albert Park in 1:59.0414sec to take pole position.

His time was set in frantic conditions, with two red flag stoppages resulting in a shortened session.

In fact, it was so short that the drivers were only able to do one flying lap after the second stoppage, effectively making it a shoot-out for pole.

Sink or swim for stranded Rubens

Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello is back for his record 16th Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park – but the Williams driver almost didn’t make it to Melbourne

by Matthew Clayton

Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello is the only man on the 2011 grid to have competed in all 15 previous Australian Grands Prix at Albert Park, but getting to Melbourne for his 16th race proved to be harder than he could have ever imagined.

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick checks into the Aussie GP

Spotted: Star of Gossip Girl packing his bags for a trip Down Under.

The famous heart throb of popular US TV series Gossip Girl, Ed Westwick will fly in to Australia this week to attend the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Westwick is thrilled to be attending the four day event, saying “I’ve heard so much about the Grand Prix in Melbourne and I can’t wait to be part of all the action!”

Davison Unsure of New System

V8 Supercar driver Alex Davison is concerned that the category’s unique qualifying system for this weekend’s Albert Park 400 at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix will be too confusing for the fans.

Following this evening’s qualifying session, the fastest driver will select a random number between eight and 20 out of a hat. The number chosen will determine how much of the top of the grid will be inverted before tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout.

Stevenson sets the pace in practice for Lexus Celebrity Challenge

Radio king Ross Stevenson has set the fastest time in practice for this weekend’s Lexus Celebrity Challenge at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Stevenson, who anchors the top-rating morning shift on Melbourne radio station 3AW, was all class in the slick conditions, finishing at the top of the timesheets ahead of NFL punter Sav Rocca and former rugby league great Luke Ricketson.

Your chance to wave the F1 chequered flag

If you'd like the thrill of waving the prestigious F1™ chequered flag on race day and help the official charity of the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, here's how.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is inviting F1™ fans to support children to live happier, healthier lives and 'wave in F1™ history'.

Go in the draw to be the first ever fan to wave the F1™ chequered flag! Buy your ticket from volunteer staff at the track or at www.wavetheflag.com.au

Richards back in hands on role

Steven Richards is relishing his new role in Australian motor racing – not pining for his V8 Supercar career ­– as his Carrera Cup campaign kicks off at Albert Park during this weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The former Bathurst winner lost his full-time V8 ride at Ford Performance Racing to Will Davison for 2011, but will stay at FPR for the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst later this year. And to keep sharp for the enduros, he has started his own Carrera Cup team – Laser Racing.

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