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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

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.

Why the F1 movable rear wing will work

With thanks to our Clerk of the Course, CAMS Director - Racing Operations Tim Schenken.

Ever since plans were confirmed last summer to introduce a moveable rear wing (MRW) to aid overtaking, almost every sector of the sport has remained sceptical and worried. From the fans and the media, to team personnel and drivers, there have been few positive comments to suggest it will work as expected and improve the spectacle by increasing overtaking opportunities.

Ticket revenue goes to a great cause

A love of motorsport and being charitable go hand in hand this coming Friday!

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, in conjunction with FoxTix, is excited to confirm that this Friday, 4 March, 50% of proceeds from all General Admission tickets sold to the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix (up to $25,000) will go to the event’s official charity – Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott, said he is proud to make this announcement.

Get inside the head of an F1 Driver

Ever wondered what Mark Webber eats for breakfast? The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is showcasing just that in an amazing Formula One interactive public exhibition taking the form of a giant helmet.

Presented by the City of Melbourne, the enormous specially formulated race helmet will be on display in a series of public exhibitions around Melbourne in February and March free of charge for all to explore.

Create your dream F1 machine

If you've always fantasised about creating your very own sleek F1 machine to race around the track in, zoom past the chequered flag and be propelled up onto the winner's podium, then it's time to immerse yourself in the "Grand Prix Interactive Zone".

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is pleased to present a brand new ambient interactive experience open to the public at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne from the 2 - 8 March.

Melbourne to host F1 season opener

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today confirmed that Melbourne will host the first-round of the 2011 FIA Formula 1™ World Championship season from the 24-27 March.

After widespread speculation that political unrest in Bahrain may cause a cancellation of the first round race scheduled for 13 March, the island nation and Formula One Management have confirmed that Bahrain has officially withdrawn from hosting the opening round of the 2011 F1 season.

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