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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

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.

Question & Answer with Daniel Ricciardo

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso 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?

Daniel: I’ve never actually driven there! But on the simulator and the computer games, I like the high speed section, the fifth gear left and sixth gear right approaching the start of Sector 3.

What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

The Perfect 10

Home has been anything but sweet for Mark Webber in recent years, but he’s ready for a reversal of fortunes in his 10th race at Albert Park

by Matthew Clayton

Mark Webber has, in his own words, “ticked a lot of boxes” in his last two seasons in Formula One. In his past 36 races, the 34-year-old has managed six wins and 18 podiums in all, but for all that success, there are two glaring holes in his CV that he’s determined to fix this year.

Team Talk - Sauber

Sauber F1 Team

Constructors’ Championship 2010: 8th  

Reborn in 2010 as a privateer team when Peter Sauber bought it back from BMW, Sauber endured what he described as “the 41st year of our company and one of the most difficult”.

Plagued by unreliability, Sauber scored no points in the opening eight rounds of the season, but the growing influence of new Technical Director James Key made itself felt and they ended up with 44.

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.

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