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Baseball may be the only sport that’s more stat-saturated than Formula 1. With the numbers in mind, here are some pointers to help you hit a few home runs this weekend.

The first crucial moment is qualifying on Saturday: at some circuits, starting from pole is almost a guarantee of adding the race win on Sunday.

In Melbourne, eight of the 19 races to date have been won by the man who took pole.

The first was Mika Hakkinen for McLaren in 1998, the most recent was Sebastian Vettel in 2011 with Red Bull.

Nico rides the Rosberg express

As the Formula One roadshow rolled into town, no mode of transport was spared when the winner of last year’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg, climbed aboard an iconic Melbourne tram to show off this year’s trophy right outside the famous Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit today.

Romain Grosjean meets the world’s fastest horse, Lankan Rupee

One half of the Lotus F1 Team, Frenchman Romain Grosjean, came face-to-face with champion thoroughbred and the world’s number one sprinter, Lankan Rupee, in the stables of the famous Caulfield Racecourse today.

Grosjean also met the trainer of the champion gelding, Mick Price, as well as multiple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver.

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Melbourne: Expect the unexpected

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team arrive in Australia as the reigning world champions, and12 days of pre-season testing suggested the Silver Arrows are flying fastest again.

The 5.303km Albert Park track’s history doesn’t offer a lot of encouragement to the pursuers, either.

Hosting F1 for the 20th time, the circuit has seen Mercedes-powered cars win eight times, though the Mercedes team had to wait till last year for their own first Australian victory with Nico Rosberg.

Roberto Merhi

Roberto Merhi
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Career statistics to end 2014
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Subject to official FIA confirmation, young Spaniard Roberto Merhi will race for the revived Manor Marussia team in Sunday’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Merhi, who will turn 24 next week, joins Manor teammate Will Stevens as F1’s latest recruits.

“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” Merhi said.

“It is a big responsibility but I feel ready to make this step in my career and to show that I can make an important contribution to developing a team.”

Will Stevens

Will Stevens
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Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2014
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Abu Dhabi, 2014: a youngster from Essex makes his F1 debut at the wheel of a car resurrected by a crowd-funding exercise. He finishes 17th and last, but that doesn’t matter to Will Stevens: he’s a Grand Prix driver now.

Stevens followed a familiar modern path to Abu Dhabi. He excelled in karting, with titles in Europe and the Asia Pacific series, before graduating to single-seater racing in Formula Renault 2.0 UK.

Spaniard completes Albert Park F1 line-up

Subject to official FIA confirmation, young Spaniard Roberto Merhi will race for the revived Manor Marussia team in Sunday’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Merhi, who will turn 24 next week, joins Manor teammate Will Stevens as F1’s latest recruits.

“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” Merhi said.

“It is a big responsibility but I feel ready to make this step in my career and to show that I can make an important contribution to developing a team.”

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