What a week! We put on our best poker faces as Melbourne speculated about the prospect of Mark Webber driving a Formula 1 car across the Bolte Bridge. By Thursday we were very excited to confirm that the Aussie will ‘Mark’ his homecoming by driving his Red Bull over the iconic Melbourne landmark – at a top speed of 100kph of course.
Rubens Barrichello has forecasted a much better season for Williams than 2010.
"Everything has been prepared well" said Barrichello, claiming that "Williams is in much better shape than this time last year"
Barrichello has been very optimistic ahead of the Australian Grand Prix next Sunday. Believing that the team will be in point scoring positions right from the get go.
Former McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has said that McLaren can't be written off heading into the 2011 season, despite a poor pre-season. Alonso has insisted that McLaren shouldn't be under estimated with the new MP4-26.
McLaren have had a difficult start to pre-season testing with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both struggling in Barcelona.
A poor pre-season has traditionally spelled a troubled season for teams. With the 2009 season a prime example for McLaren.
Winners of the double passes to the Grand Prix on the 27th of March have been announced. These drivers were the fastest racers in the simulators at the Grand Prix Interactive Zone:
FOO ENG - 4:37.710
ASHLEY CRAWFORD - 4:39.705
ERIC CHAN - 4:39.784
CHRIS PANOZZO - 4:40.391
AARON GRUTTERIA - 4:40:575
These winners will enjoy the Grand Prix experience on main race day.
F1 two-seater ride auctioned to support the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal for Flooding in Queensland
The 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix is auctioning off the once-in-a-lifetime experience to ride in a two-seater F1 race car to raise funds to support Queensland flood victims.
The eBay-based auction begins on Monday 17 January and ends on Friday 28 January 2011.
T-minus five weeks and counting, and Albert Park is beginning to look a lot like a Grand Prix circuit. This week saw grandstands and barriers go up and overpasses craned into position. We kept everyone up-to-date with construction via photo galleries on our official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/australiangrandprix
Another busy week at the Australian Grand Prix HQ.
The motor racing world held its breath as civil unrest threatened to disrupt the season-opener in Bahrain. As confirmation of that race’s cancellation – and our reinstatement as the first Grand Prix of the season – hit the headlines, it was our engineering and operations team holding their breath with talk that Melbourne would hold consecutive Grand Prix, two weeks apart. Unfortunately (?) nothing came of that idea – we’re good, but we’re not superhuman…
You can hear the commentator already: “And here comes Webber now in the Red Bull... he’s got those Pirellis lit up... what can he do to get past Vettel?”
Well, in 2011 he can do one of three things: trust his judgement and his own speed to make a passing manoeuvre, use the boost from the car’s KERS system or resort to the new adjustable rear wing ruling.
The major changes for 2011 are what you might expect in Formula One: they’re all about ways and means of making the cars go faster.