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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Day 3 of the 2012 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix

More than 80,000 fans passed through the gates at Albert Park today as the sun shone over Day 3 of the 2012 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The action on track heated up as the F1 cars had their final practice session and the first qualifying session of the 2012 season. Brit Lewis Hamilton from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team qualified fastest in a thrilling end to qualifying and will have pole position for tomorrow’s race.

Hamilton heads all-McLaren front row

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix after a searing lap in qualifying at Albert Park on Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old Briton recorded a lap of 1min 24.992secs to edge teammate Jenson Button by 0.152secs for an all-McLaren front row – the first time the two world champions have monopolised the front row together at McLaren.

The pole was the 20th of Hamilton’s career in his 91st race, and was his first since the Korean Grand Prix of 2011, the only race last season where a Red Bull wasn’t on pole.

Winterbottom secures hat-trick

Mark Winterbottom continued his winning ways in the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge, maintaining a perfect record in the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

After winning the opening two races, the Ford Performance Racing driver took out a shortened Race 3 on Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for 20 laps, the race was Red Flagged after a Turn 3 pile-up on the opening lap.

Pye relishing Speed Comparison experience

Young gun Scott Pye is in a unique position at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix – he’s racing a V8 Supercar against a Mercedes-Benz roadcar and a McLaren Formula 1 car.

Pye is one third of the popular Ultimate Speed Comparison at this year’s event. In a TeamVodafone V8 Supercar, Pye is taking on motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan in a Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series and F1 test driver Gary Paffett in one of last year’s Vodafone McLarens in the long-running Albert Park feature.

Slide king savouring four-wheel debut

People often talk about close racing in motorsport, but until you have seen motorcycle speedway competition up close you simply won’t understand the real meaning of the term.

Australia’s Jason Crump is one of those master craftsmen, and the three-time world speedway champion hurtles his 75hp single-cylinder machine around a 200-metre track just millimetres away from his competition – and did we mention the bikes don’t have brakes?

F1 practice 3: Hamilton fastest, Vettel in a spin

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has topped the timesheets in Saturday afternoon’s third and final practice for the Qantas Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the hour headlined by off-track excursions for world champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton set his benchmark time of 1min 25.681secs with just 60 seconds of the hour-long session remaining, edging Albert Park first-timer Romain Grosjean of Lotus by 0.077secs.

LeBrocq to benefit from F1 insight

In 2012, Australian Formula Ford Championship driver Jack LeBrocq is part of an exclusive group of 18 young drivers from around the globe, as a member of the FIA Institute’s Young Driver Excellence Academy.

Before starting his 2012 season with victory in Race 1 at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix, LeBrocq was selected for a spot in the unique program.

Baird leads from go-to-whoa in Carrera Cup

Craig Baird’s perfect Carrara Cup campaign has continued at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Baird led from start to finish in today’s eight-lap race around Albert Park, cruising his way to a 1.5831-second victory over fellow New Zealander Jonny Reid – a carbon copy of race one.

With clear air in front of him, Baird also set the fastest lap of the race (1:58.9425) en route to his fourth successive Carrera Cup victory around the grand prix layout.

Hart scores Formula Ford breakthrough

Mathew Hart has joined the illustrious list of race winners in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, taking out Race 2 at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

The Synergy Motorsport driver qualified on pole position on Thursday and finished second in Friday’s opening race, but went one better in a Safety Car-affected second race.

Hart was part of a three-car battle at the head of the field, fighting for top spot with Race 1 victor Jack LeBrocq and Garry Jacobson.

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