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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

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.

Team Talk - Williams

Williams

Constructors’ championship 2010: 6th

Williams has a tradition of winning in Formula One – but that was then. Now, the picture is more bleak – no drivers’ titles since the ninth by Jacques Villeneuve in 1997; no race wins since Juan Pablo Montoya’s triumph at the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.

While those droughts are unlikely to change in 2011, Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1 history, remains a huge asset and is one of the sport’s smartest minds.

Webber: Drinks are on us

by Tim Collings

Mark Webber on Thursday cut through the pleasantries ahead of Sunday's season-opening Grand Prix when he revealed a flash of his deeply competitive nature during the traditional pre-race media conference.

Having delivered one of the quotes of the season last year at Silverstone when he won the British Grand Prix and then told his team 'not bad for a number two driver', he followed it with another waspish aside at his and the Red Bull team's rivals.

Question & Answer with Daniel Ricciardo

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.

What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit?

Daniel: I’ve never actually driven there! But on the simulator and the computer games, I like the high speed section, the fifth gear left and sixth gear right approaching the start of Sector 3.

What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

The Perfect 10

Home has been anything but sweet for Mark Webber in recent years, but he’s ready for a reversal of fortunes in his 10th race at Albert Park

by Matthew Clayton

Mark Webber has, in his own words, “ticked a lot of boxes” in his last two seasons in Formula One. In his past 36 races, the 34-year-old has managed six wins and 18 podiums in all, but for all that success, there are two glaring holes in his CV that he’s determined to fix this year.

Team Talk - Sauber

Sauber F1 Team

Constructors’ Championship 2010: 8th  

Reborn in 2010 as a privateer team when Peter Sauber bought it back from BMW, Sauber endured what he described as “the 41st year of our company and one of the most difficult”.

Plagued by unreliability, Sauber scored no points in the opening eight rounds of the season, but the growing influence of new Technical Director James Key made itself felt and they ended up with 44.

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