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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

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.

Sophomore Trio

Along with the three rookies, there will be three young men heading into their second full seasons in Formula 1 this year: Daniel Ricciardo, his Toro Rosso sidekick Jean-Eric Vergne, and Charles Pic. What should we expect from them with a year’s racing under their belts?

Two Men At The Crossroads

For different reasons, there are at least two drivers out there in 2013 whose careers are at a crossroads. They might go forward – but they might also be about to make a wrong turn. The 2013 season could be decisive for them all.

Felipe Massa: Reprieve Or Stay Of Execution?

What’s the significance of this set of numbers: 2-4-6-7-4-3?

Ruby Rose brings a touch of grunge and glam to the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge at the 2013 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

Acclaimed entertainer and international DJ, Ruby Rose has staked an early claim for the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge title at the 2013 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

The much loved media identity took her time inspecting the first All-New Mazda6 in full race livery - complete with roll cage and racing seat - at a special unveiling at Albert Park yesterday.

Whys and Wherefores

The third part of our 2013 driver profiles brings us to three men with much on their minds as they head into the new season. In all three cases it seems there are more questions than answers...


Lewis Hamilton: The Right Move?

Should Lewis have stayed in his comfort zone at McLaren, or should we applaud him for being brave enough to seek fresh pastures? To continue that metaphor, he’s been in a pretty good paddock ever since he came into Formula 1 in 2007 so after six seasons maybe it is time to find out just how good he is.

The Likely Lads

That was the title of a hugely popular UK sitcom some years back – but it applies to at least three of the young men on the F1 grid in 2013 who represent the sport’s ‘Generation Next’.


Sergio Perez: ‘The Biggest Challenge Is To Win'

He’s too immature to be in a top team – or is he? Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo said so, but McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh has taken a punt on the 23-year-old Mexican even though he concedes there are edges that still need to be smoothed.

New Kids On The Block

Pending final line-up announcements from Force India and Caterham, there will be at least three new faces on the F1 grid for 2013. They add a second Mexican name, another young Briton and the latest flying Finn to the multi-national talents on display.

Motorsport legend Mark Skaife to lead training of Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge drivers

Mark Skaife OAM, one of Australian motorsport’s most successful drivers, returns to the track in March, this time to train some of Australia’s best known personalities in the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge at the 2013 Formula 1 ® Australian Grand Prix.

Skaife holds the all-time win record in V8 Supercars with 90 career race victories. He won five V8 Supercars championships and has six Bathurst 1000 crowns to his name.

Just Two Seats Left

Grosjean, Chilton Named In 2013 F1 Driver Line-up

Just two seats remain up for grabs on the 2013 Formula 1 grid following this week’s news on the driver front.

Romain Grosjean will keep his drive at Lotus while Max Chilton has been promoted from his reserve driver role to a full-time race seat with Marussia.

Caterham, who have signed Charles Pic from Marussia, and Force India are the only two teams yet to confirm their 2013 line-ups.

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