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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Dust Off The Dirt And Go Again

Lewis Hamilton has a new car and a new look as his eighth season in Formula 1 kicks off, writes Tim Collings.

New season, new formula, new Mercedes car, new haircut: Lewis Hamilton cannot claim he has not prepared well for Sunday's 2014Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the first round of this year's all-new World Championship.

The 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Preview


The 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Round 1 of 19


Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria


March 14-16

Qualifying • 1700 Saturday March 15
Race start • 1700 Sunday March 16

Best record:

McLaren and Ferrari: six victories apiece in 18 races here
Michael Schumacher: four Melbourne victories 2000-01-02-04
Best of the 2014 drivers: Jenson Button, three wins here 2009-10-12

GP@23 Party

International and local celebrities from the world of Formula One walked the chequered carpet on Wednesday 12 March when the exclusive GP@23 party – hosted by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Crown Melbourne and Network Ten – launched the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix in style.

'We Might Just Get Lucky'

Few sports can boast a tradition as rich as motor racing’s – and few sports can say that Australians have been at the very forefront of a World Championship.

Jack Brabham and Alan Jones were, in 1966 (Brabham’s third title) and 1980 respectively, and patrons at the 2014 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be able to admire the cars that carried those two great Australians to the top of the world.

Jack Brabham was being very modest about his team’s prospects in the 1966 Formula 1 World Championship.

Rosberg Reckons Inner Calm Could Help

A chance encounter in a busy airport may have helped German driver Nico Rosberg put the 2014 season start in perspective, writes Tim Collings.

Nico Rosberg may call upon the calm inspiration of the Dalai Lama to soothe frayed nerves in the garage of pre-season favourites Mercedes this weekend as his team make final preparations for Sunday's 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Back In The Force India Fold

We decided to highlight three drivers to watch, for different reasons, in the course of the weekend ahead. Yesterday it was seasoned Brazilian race-winner Felipe Massa; today we look at Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Never go back, they say – but what would they know?

Nico Hulkenberg is back, and to him it feels like going back home – to the Force India team he represented in 2011 as a ‘third driver’ and in 2012 as a ‘proper’ occupant of a race seat.

'The Concept Of A Race Will Change Dramatically'

What the F1 teams and drivers are saying ahead of Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Dramatic change? That’s Ferrari’s Technical Director Pat Fry talking ahead of the first race of a new era in Formula 1.

New ‘powertrains’, restrictions on fuel consumption, complex systems – all will challenge teams and drivers, as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso also acknowledges.

‘Old Man’ Webber Encourages Youngsters To Make Their Own Mark

He was a champion in his own right, but Mark Webber switched his focus to Australia’s young people when he helped kick-start the Champion Edge at Albert Park on Tuesday ahead of Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Before leading a group of school students out to run a lap of the 5.3-km Australian Grand Prix circuit, Webber, now 37, explained why he was personally championing the Champion Edge cause.


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