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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

McLaren duo back in the game

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were pleasantly surprised to find themselves the Friday pace-setters by Matthew Clayton

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, first and second after Friday practice at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix, admitted that their performance was a pleasant surprise after a troublesome pre-season testing campaign.

Two by two

Tim Collings looks at the quarter of F1 newcomers

Four new faces will be driving into the unknown on Sunday when they join 20 more experienced men on the grid for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Two Latin Americans and two Europeans, the new boys make their Formula One racing debuts at Albert Park, as the circuit hosts the first race of the year once again.

Ricciardo ready to roll

Young Australian Daniel Ricciardo will make his on-track debut at a Grand Prix this weekend – and he’s impatient to get started

by Matthew Clayton

Daniel Ricciardo is less than 48 hours away from his on-track debut at a Formula One race weekend.

The young West Australian admits he’s a bundle of nervous energy as the countdown to his first 90-minute free practice session for Scuderia Toro Rosso continues.

“There will be nerves on Friday, for sure,” he said.

Rear-view mirror - Part 2 - Aussies in F1

If you’re heading down to Albert Park this weekend, don’t blink – you might miss a chance to see one of the Aussie drivers who made their own assault on the F1 scene before Mark Webber’s sterling efforts rekindled home interest in the World Championship.

The highlight will be the planned appearance of our two World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, as they take part in a special parade lap before Sunday’s big race.

Question & Answer with Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov from the Lotus Renualt Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.

Favourite part of Albert Park?

The challenge of the first chicane

Favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

The Stoke House on St Kilda beach – a great classic venue

Who do you think will be your biggest rival this season?

Red Bull

Team Talk - Toro Rosso

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Constructors’ championship 2010: 9th

West Australian reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo is waiting in the wings and will drive on Fridays in practice for the team starting at Albert Park. With Red Bull motorsport consultant Dr Helmut Marko saying in the off-season that he wants Ricciardo to be in F1 by 2012 “at the latest”, the pressure is on young driver pairing Alguersuari and Buemi to step up their performances.

Team Talk - Force India

Team Force India

Constructors’ Championship 2010: 7th  

One of the rising forces in F1, Force India missed out by just one point on a place in the top six in the Constructors’ Championship last year, easily their best in four years in the top flight.

There were no stand-out moments like Fisi’s 2009 pole in Belgium or Sutil’s fastest lap at Monza in the same season, but if Tonio Liuzzi had been closer to Sutil’s level then Force India might well have edged ahead of F1 grandees Williams in the final count.

Question & Answer with Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld from the Lotus Renault Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.

Favourite part of Albert Park?

The first chicane is always difficult and unpredictable because it’s so bumpy under braking.

Favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

Every year I go to a Japanese restaurant called Koko in the Crown complex. The teriyaki chicken is very good.

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