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ALBERT PARK

31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Leave Your Mark On The 2014 Ferrari F1 Car

Ferrari is giving fans the chance to choose the designation of the Formula One car that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will debut at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix on 13-16 March.

Supporters can pick their preferred choice out of five options - F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616, via the Ferrari website, with the winning option announced on January 24, just one day before the 2014 challenger will be revealed.

To vote, fans can simply head to http://www.ferrari.com

All Up In The Air

Formula 1 Pirelli tyres

That’s just about where the 11 Formula 1® teams’ technical experts find themselves ahead of what Renault Sport has described as “the most significant technical change to hit the sport in more than two decades”.

Of course they all have cloudfuls of data from previous years, both relating to their cars and to the tracks they run on, to help them get ready for the turbo era and all its knock-on effects.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will run with number three on his car throughout his Formula One career.

Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing

New regulations for 2014 have stipulated that all drivers must use the same number, no matter which teams they drive for, during their time in F1.

Ricciardo will line up for his first race for Red Bull at the Australian Grand Prix in March with quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel as his imposing teammate.

Vettel, as reigning titleholder, will use number one this season and revert to five when he is deposed as champion.

Under the rules, drivers can pick numbers from two to 99.

Hawk drops in at Formula One

The legendary Tony Hawk, arguably the most influential skateboarder of all time, will take off-track excitement to new heights when he brings his ‘Tony Hawk and Friends Vert Jam’ sessions to the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Across each of the four-days, Hawk will be joined by some of the best skaters from around the world at the Action Zone, where they will entertain the crowds with a variety of tricks on a massive vertical ramp.

Power Struggles

2014 Mercedes V6 engine

First, a question: who was the last F1 driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix in a turbo-charged car? (answer at end)

Second, a history lesson: turbo-charged engines went out at the end of the 1988 season, when McLaren used Honda power to make Ayrton Senna the World Champion for the first time and to claim the Constructors’ Championship for what was the fourth time in the team’s history to that date.

Movers And Shakers

It’s not so long ago that September was the month for driver moves, with many an announcement coming around the time of the annual visit to Spa-Francorchamps or Monza.

Nowadays, it seems the teams can afford to leave things later than that. So much so that there are still four unconfirmed seats for 2014: one apiece at Sauber and Marussia, and both places at Caterham.

So who’s gone where – and who’s going places in 2014?

Atlantic Group Catering announced as a catering partner of the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The Australia Grand Prix Corporation has appointed the Atlantic Group Catering as a major Catering provider for the 2014 and 2015 Formula 1® Australian Grands Prix.

Following a highly competitive race for the coveted role, Atlantic Group will share the international event’s catering, alongside longstanding Australian Grand Prix caterers Rowland Major Events.

The team at Atlantic Group Catering will deliver a fresh, creative & culinary edge to the event and will be revving up taste buds across various corporate boxes and marquees.

What's The Point?

If the powers that be have their way, the end of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season will have a novel twist to it.

The F1 Strategy Group and the Formula 1 Commission recently announced a plan to award double points for the final race of the season, which at this time is scheduled for Abu Dhabi on November 23.

Behind this initiative, apparently, is the desire to “maximize focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign”, i.e. to ensure that the title race remains alive right up to the final laps of a long and gruelling season.

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