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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.

A pass mark, or a passing fancy?

Australia marks the first race for the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing – and F1 insiders and fans alike are curious to know whether or not it will increase overtaking.

By Matthew Clayton

While Pirelli’s first race as sole tyre supplier at Albert Park will generate plenty of discussion, Melbourne will also host the first race for cars equipped with the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing.

Poetry in motion?

Pirelli is back in F1 after a 19-year absence: how will the famous Italian marque adapt to the modern Grand Prix world?

By Stuart Sykes.

What’s the link between Turkey and Albert Park this weekend?

The answer is: Pirelli. To cope with the demand for Formula 1 tyres, the new sole supplier has extended its World Rally Championship production plant in Izmit, Turkey, to produce the 50,000 tyres it expects to take to this year’s 19 or 20 F1 events.

Lexus brings celebrity challenge back to the Australian Grand Prix with CT 200h

Lexus is bringing back the Celebrity Challenge race to the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix after the event’s two-year hiatus with its soon-to-be-launched CT 200h hybrid hatchback.

The Lexus CT 200h Celebrity Challenge will feature 27 all-new Lexus CT 200h hybrids racing around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit this March.

Significantly, the Celebrity Challenge will be the first hybrid-only race staged globally and will mark the introduction of the all-new compact luxury hybrid to the Australian luxury market.

Vettel Extends Contract with Red Bull

Red Bull announces today that it has extended its agreement with Sebastian Vettel – meaning the current World Champion will remain with Red Bull Racing until the end of 2014.

Having been supported by Red Bull since 1998, Sebastian is a graduate of the Red Bull Junior Team.

In 2008 he became the youngest-ever driver to win a grand prix and last year became the youngest-ever FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion.

Caring for kids at the Australian Grand Prix

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has been named as the official charity of the 2011 Formula 1TM Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott, said he is delighted to announce the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as the official charity for the 2011 event.

“Funds raised through this partnership will assist MCRI in continued research projects, we are very pleased to be able to provide this opportunity” he said.

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