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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Olympic Champion, Chef, Comedian and Presenters all raring to go for the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

What do a Winter Olympian, a Celebrity Chef, a Comedian, a Former Miss Universe Australia and a Getaway Presenter have in common? They have just been unveiled as the next batch of drivers to take to the grid at the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge.

Lydia Lassila, Adam D’Sylva, Tommy Little, Scherri-Lee Biggs and Catriona Rowntree were announced this week with less than two weeks until the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix takes over Albert Park and the celebrities go head-to-head in the star-studded race.

‘It's Impossible To Say Where We Are…’

We began our review of the first Bahrain test with a comment from World Champion Sebastian Vettel, so perhaps it’s best to start with the Red Bull Renault ace again now that pre-season testing has come to an end with the final four-day session back in the same desert venue.

Digging through what teams and drivers say after days of difficult running is a bit like panning for gold: most of it you can take or leave but occasionally there is a nugget worth looking at more closely.

Grand Prix Breakfast not to be missed - Stewart, Webber, Horner and Hawk all confirmed

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

Following the success of the inaugural Grand Prix Breakfast last year, interest from potential guests has been strong, with motorsport and entertainment elite set to take to the stage on the morning of Saturday 15 March.

A Delicate Balance

With the first race of the season in Melbourne approaching at warp speed, the second four-day test in Bahrain takes on added importance – especially for the teams who have done relatively little running in their new cars so far.

Do you go for performance, out-and-out speed, or do you make your car as bullet-proof as you can for the start of a season that brings such a challenging range of technical changes?

Sauber’s Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara summed it all up well at the end of the first day in the desert.

Grand Prix – Grand Value

With just 24 hours left to take advantage of early bird specials for the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, motorsport fans are being reminded to get in quick or risk missing out on a great value offer.

General Admission tickets for the main race day, Sunday 16 March, are $79 until 1 March 2014 and $99 for the final two weeks leading into the event.

The Australian Grand Prix has never been just about cars tearing around the iconic Albert Park track - it’s a value packed festival of entertainment so all patrons get bang for their buck.

Rachael Finch and Brett Emerton lock horns ahead of the 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

It will be beauty versus brawn at the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge when former Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch lines up against recently retired Socceroo and English Premier League veteran, Brett Emerton at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The popular Sydney identities were announced today to join the star-studded line-up that includes snowboarder Torah Bright and comedian Dave Thornton, to race the stunning all-new Mazda3, around the iconic Albert Park circuit.

All Aussie Line-up Set To Entertain Music Fans

The very best in Australian music will be showcased at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, with former Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning headlining the weekend’s entertainment. Fanning will take to the ‘Sounds on the Circuit’ stage following Formula 1® Qualifying with a concert free for all Saturday ticket holders. His appearance trackside will wrap up a successful run of shows for The Departure Tour where he showcased his latest album which included hit single Battleships.

No Quick Fixes…

Two talking-points emerged from the first day of the second pre-season test in Bahrain on Wednesday: Mercedes and Red Bull, and the news from the two camps could not have been more starkly contrasting.

World Champions Red Bull suffered another embarrassing day as they took all morning to get Sebastian Vettel’s car up and running, then watched the German complete just 14 laps before a ‘mechanical issue’ halted his progress – or lack of it.


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