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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

F1 Practice 1: Webber fires first shot

Red Bull’s Mark Webber leaves it late to top the timesheets in the first practice session for the 2011 F1 season

by Matthew Clayton

Mark Webber has started the preparations for his home race in the best possible style, topping the timesheets in first practice at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

The 34-year-old Australian recorded his personal best of 1min 26.831secs on his 20th and final lap of the 90-minute session, beating teammate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.327secs.

Team Talk - Ferrari

Ferrari 

Constructors' Championship 2010: 3rd

Last season ended ignominiously for the scarlet Scuderia, which cost chief race engineer Australian Chris Dyer his job following a strategic failure at the final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where Fernando Alonso's bid for a maiden title with Ferrari perished as he scrabbled in midfield.

Dyer's place has been filled by the recruitment of former Red Bull strategy man Neil Martin from champions Red Bull and former McLaren expert Pat Fry.

Button Best as Big 5 Bully Rest

McLaren-Mercedes driver Jenson Button has topped the second free practice session for Sunday’s 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix as last year’s ‘Big Five’ drivers dominated proceedings at a gloomy and occasionally wet Albert Park.

Button and team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished 1-2 ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull pairing Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, with a seven-tenths of a second gap to next man Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes.

And HRT finally got one car onto a race track…

Full session report follows…

Button Back on Top at Albert Park

Jenson Button and his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday afternoon's second free practice session for Sunday's 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Button, who won the race for Brawn in 2009 and then for McLaren in 2010, will be chasing a hat-trick on Sunday while Hamilton, victorious here in 2008, will bid to end Button’s streak.

Button’s best lap of 1:25.854 was almost a second faster than the one that took Mark Webber’s Red Bull to the top in the opening free practice session.

Glass half-full for bullish Button

McLaren star optimistic that he can add to his back-to-back wins at Albert Park thanks to approach taken by his team

by Matthew Clayton

McLaren’s Jenson Button has backed the aggressive approach taken by his team as it attempts to turn around its lacklustre pre-season testing form.

The 2009 World Champion said on Thursday that a new exhaust system brought to Albert Park this weekend was the right way for McLaren to address a worrying lack of speed and reliability over the last two months.

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Massive line up. Sidetracked is back this year bigger and better than ever!

Sidetracked Sunday is going to be just as big with the following acts: Nick Foley, Heath Renata, Yacht Club DJ's Little Red, Andy Murphy, Hunting Ground and The Living End!!

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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.

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