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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Whincup stars in V8 qualifying

Jamie Whincup will start the first race of the MSS Security V8 Supercar Challenge at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix from pole position, after a dominant performance in qualifying.

The TeamVodafone driver was in fine form on Thursday, topping the opening practice session and finishing second in Practice 2, before turning in a qualifying masterclass to end the opening day of action at Albert Park.

Will Senna Turn Williams Around?

After contesting more than 600 Grands Prix in 39 seasons, the Williams team enter their 40th year of Formula One this weekend knowing many close observers are whispering behind their backs.

Last year produced a return of five points. ‘Disaster’ became an overworked word when the Didcot-based, quintessentially English racers were mentioned.

Pay drivers, a chronic decline, their worst season in modern times in 2011 and, perhaps most of all, the withdrawal from front-line duty by team founders Frank Williams and Patrick Head have signalled the end of an era.

Michael Schumacher Lends Support to Women of Australian Motor Sport

Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher has today helped to launch a new scholarship to help advance the careers of women in motor sport.

The new scholarship offers a lucky young female racer the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive program designed to assist with career development in all aspects of being a top competitor in motor sport.

McMahon casts a spell in Group A&C Touring Cars

The slick combination of Carey McMahon and his Nissan Skyline have thrown down the gauntlet to their opposition for this weekend’s Group A&C Touring Car Revival races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

McMahon was peerless in this afternoon’s 20-minute qualifying session, claiming pole position with nearly three seconds to spare over second-placed David Holc (Holden Commodore Walkinshaw).

REID ON POLE AGAIN IN CARRERA CUP

Jonny Reid has again shown he’s a force to be reckoned with around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit by setting pole position for the Carrera Cup support races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Despite sitting out this morning’s wet practice session, the New Zealander proved that he was far from underdone as he muscled his Porsche 911 GT3 around the fast-paced Melbourne circuit in a best lap of 1min58.7141secs – only just shy of the current lap record.

Reid also started from No. 1 on the grid in 2011, and then went on to win the opening two races.

Hart makes fast Formula Ford start

Synergy Motorsport driver Mathew Hart has claimed pole position for the opening race of this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

Hart, who finished as the top rookie in the 2011 championship, led a Synergy 1-2 in the session, edging out team-mate Liam Sager by just .0176 of a second. Shae Davies will start third on the grid, ahead of Garry Jacobson, Jonathon Venter and CAMS Rising Star Jack LeBrocq, who set the pace in this morning’s 30-minute practice session.

Preview: Questions answered

After an off-season of intrigue, speculation and subterfuge, part of the true picture of Formula One in 2012 will be revealed on Friday in Melbourne

The waiting is almost over… and we’re about to get a true picture of the pecking order in this year’s World Championship.

More than 48,000 kilometres were compiled by the teams across three pre-season tests at Jerez and Barcelona, and the difficult task of establishing a pecking order from that ‘phoney war’ was made even harder when eight different drivers ended on top of the timesheets after the first eight days.

999 from six of the best

They’ve contested 999 Grands Prix, won 186 of them, been on pole 160 times and set 156 fastest laps.

They have won the last 12 Formula 1 world titles.

They are the six World Champions about to take part in the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix. And every one of them is already a Melbourne race-winner.

That’s Sebastian Vettel (title-winner in 2010-11), Jenson Button (2009), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Fernando Alonso (2005-06) and Michael Schumacher (2000-04).

Flying the flag

Ten years ago, Daniel Ricciardo was trackside as Mark Webber made a stirring Formula One debut at home. This Sunday, the young Australian is looking to make his own mark on Albert Park.

March, 2002. A 12-year-old Formula One fan sits with his mum and dad in a grandstand along the start-finish straight at Albert Park, cheering on local hope Mark Webber as he takes an unlikely fifth place on debut for Minardi.

One of the most memorable moments in Australian Grand Prix history – and one that lit a fuse in the impressionable youngster.

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