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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Luff Doubles Up In Carrera Cup

Warren makes it five from six, as Mark Fattore reports.

Warren Luff hardly raised a sweat in completing the Porsche Carrera Cup support class program at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix with another routine victory.

In the process, Luff brought up his fifth win from six starts in the 2014 Carrera Cup title, which now continues at Phillip Island from May 23-25.

Race three produced the same top seven as race two, with Luff followed home by Steve Richards, Craig Baird, Sam Power, Nick McBride and Michael Almond.

Double Points Mean Double Delight For McLaughlin

Van Gisbergen denied clean sweep by compatriot, reports Mark Fattore.

Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin has taken maximum advantage of double points on offer in the final race to emerge victorious in the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

In a thunderous and action-packed finish to the four-race program at Albert Park, McLaughlin hung tough in his Volvo S60 over the closing laps, fending off the Holden Commodore of Craig Lowndes to win by 1.09 seconds.

Champions On The Back Foot

Three of F1’s most decorated drivers have their work cut out at today’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Tim Collings tells us why.

They may have 74 wins between them and have started enough races at Albert Park to qualify for a discounted ticket on Melbourne's famous trams, but none of that will console the trio of celebrated world champions who start today’s race from the blunt end of the grid.

2014 Official Grand Prix Breakfast

Sporting royalty including Sir Jackie Stewart, Mark Webber and Tony Hawk headlined an exceptional line up of guests for the 2014 Official Grand Prix Breakfast at the Palladium Room at Crown Melbourne.

In what was a successful second year for the breakfast event, past and present motorsport heroes, as well as sporting personalities from around the world, graced the stage for interviews in front of the audience.

Generation Why Not Upsets The Albert Park Order

Rookie drivers stole some of the spotlight in qualifying for today’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

The scene: the Albert Park F1 paddock, mid-evening on Saturday. Rubens Barrichello, veteran of 323 Grand Prix starts, winner of 11 of them for Ferrari and now expert TV commentator, is talking to a fresh-faced youngster in the McLaren hospitality area.

Did Kevin Magnussen call him ‘Uncle Rubens’? He might have – Barrichello was Jan Magnussen’s teammate when they were both in the early days of their own F1 careers at Stewart back in 1997.

Lewis Leaves It Late - And Dan Does Wonders In The Wet

Lewis Hamilton took pole position, but Daniel Ricciardo won Australia's admiration, and many hearts, on Saturday when they traded fastest laps in a thrilling, dramatic and rain-drenched conclusion to qualifying for Sunday's Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Finally, after the phoney war of pre-season testing and two days of smoke-and-mirrors work in the practice sessions, there was a pure demonstration of speed, courage and total commitment amid plumes of spray and intermittent downpours at an enthralled Albert Park.

Hamilton On Pole, Ricciardo On Front Row

Aussie outshines Vettel on Red Bull Racing debut

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his third pole position in Australia and the 32nd of his career with a time of 1:44.595 in the Mercedes in a thrilling shoot-out at Albert Park.

Dan Ricciardo grabbed the headlines with a best-ever front-row spot on debut for Red Bull – while teammate and World Champion Sebastian Vettel failed to make it into the final segment of qualifying for the first time since 2012.

Rookie Kevin Magnussen is on the second row for McLaren in his first-ever F1 race.

Van Gisbergen Maintains The Rage

Clean sweep looms as Kiwi makes it three, reports Mark Fattore.

New Zealand enforcer Shane Van Gisbergen is on track for the first V8 Supercar clean sweep at Albert Park in six years following another dominant display in race three of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge on Saturday.

The pole-sitter again blasted to the front from the double-file rolling start, which is proving to be a popular addition to the V8 Supercar program this weekend.

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Sweden has a proud history of producing top-class racing drivers: think Ronnie Peterson at Lotus for a start, think Gunnar Nilsson in the same team before him, think Stefan Johansson at McLaren and Ferrari – the last Swede to score World Championship points for third place in an Onyx at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1989.

Can Ericsson slot into that tradition? He brings a wealth of experience to the task, having spent the last four seasons as a GP2 driver without quite reaching the heights of winning that coveted title.

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