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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Ricciardo ready to roll

Young Australian Daniel Ricciardo will make his on-track debut at a Grand Prix this weekend – and he’s impatient to get started

by Matthew Clayton

Daniel Ricciardo is less than 48 hours away from his on-track debut at a Formula One race weekend.

The young West Australian admits he’s a bundle of nervous energy as the countdown to his first 90-minute free practice session for Scuderia Toro Rosso continues.

“There will be nerves on Friday, for sure,” he said.

Rear-view mirror - Part 2 - Aussies in F1

If you’re heading down to Albert Park this weekend, don’t blink – you might miss a chance to see one of the Aussie drivers who made their own assault on the F1 scene before Mark Webber’s sterling efforts rekindled home interest in the World Championship.

The highlight will be the planned appearance of our two World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, as they take part in a special parade lap before Sunday’s big race.

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.

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