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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Team Talk - Lotus

Team Lotus

Constructors’ championship 2010: 10th

Lotus was the best of the new teams last season by some distance. New for 2011 are Renault engines along with gearboxes and hydraulics from Red Bull Racing.

While the naming row with Group Lotus (now sponsoring the Renault team) rumbles on off-track, technical director Mike Gascoyne and team principal Tony Fernandes will be looking to battle in the midfield on it.

The Lotus reserve driver is Karun Chandhok of India.

Drivers

Question & Answer with Jenson Button

For the next week we will posting a Question and Answer from each of the Formula One drivers. Each driver was kind enough to take some time out to answer our "hard hitting" questions. What a great way to start the ball rolling with the 2010 Australian Grand Prix Winner - Jenson Button.

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?

Question & Answer with Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg from the Mercedes GP 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?

Nico: "My favourite part has to be the fast chicane at the back, it’s a great feeling to drive through there."

What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

Nico: "The Stokehouse… without a doubt. The location and the food are fantastic."

Webber completes his Bolte Bridge drive

Mark Webber flew into Melbourne at 06:30 on Saturday morning – then flew over the city’s landmark Bolte Bridge in a Red Bull-Renault Formula One car as Australia’s own Grand Prix hero began the build-up to next weekend’s 2011 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

“It was pretty cool,” said Webber, who completed two ‘laps’ or four lengths of the bridge before driving the car down into the Docklands Waterfront City Piazza to be greeted by a cheering crowd and a large contingent of Australian media.

Team Talk - Virgin Racing

Marussia Virgin Racing

Constructors championship 2010: 12th

New to the F1 scene last year, they remain Virgins in one sense – they have yet to score their maiden World Championship point after what Team Principal John Booth called “a tough but incredibly rewarding baptism”.

They go into 2011 buoyed by a new title partnership with Russian automotive concern Marussia, which was confirmed at the final race of 2010 in Abu Dhabi; it has seen a significant reshuffle behind the scenes.

Team Talk - HRT

Hispania Racing Team

Constructors championship 2010: 11th  

It may not look great, but 11th is a mighty result – HRT only just made it to the opening race, where Bruno Senna managed three laps in the first free practice and the other car first ran in qualifying…

Things seem little different in 2011: first practice here on Friday will again be the first time the new car turns a wheel in anger after customs problems delayed vital parts in Spain.

Question & Answer with Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi from the HRT 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?

The first three corners 

What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

Nobu at the Crown 

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?

The start of another F.1 Season 

Question & Answer with Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan from the HRT 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?

It’s a fun track with a great atmosphere

What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

I’ve only been there once so I don’t have one yet

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?

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