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ALBERT PARK

31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Adventurer Charley Boorman brings an international edge to the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

TV adventurer, travel writer and actor, Charley Boorman, has today been announced as the second driver on the grid for the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge bringing with him a passion and enthusiasm for motorsport.

A self-confessed rev-head, Boorman is best known for his role alongside actor and close friend, Ewan McGregor, in their “Long Way Round” series, where they travelled over 32,186 kilometres by motorcycle across 12 countries in just 115 days.

Seven For Seb, Second For Mark

ROUND 17 – Abu Dhabi, November 3, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 38m 06.106s (186.758 km/h)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) gap: 30.829s
3rd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) gap: 33.650s

Fastest Lap: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:43.434 = 193.305 km/h on lap 55

Pole Position: Webber 1:39.957 = 200.030 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 347 points • Alonso 217 • Raïkkönen 183

Sporting fans and Melbourne the winners with F1 and AFL on same weekend

Melbourne will continue its reputation as the sporting capital of the world with the city set to host the ultimate sporting weekend when Formula One and AFL both come to town in March, 2014.

In an exciting announcement for sporting fans, the weekend will deliver a sporting feast for fans that gives everyone the opportunity to watch live the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and not miss a minute of any Victorian AFL match.

It will be a big week for Melbourne with the Formula One action heating up the street circuit from Thursday March 13 – Sunday March 16.

Different Worlds

ROUND 16 – India, October 27, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 31m 12.187s (202.130 km/h)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) gap: 29.823s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 39.892s

Fastest Lap:

Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault) 1:27.679 = 210.426 km/h on lap 60

Pole Position:

Vettel 1:24.119 = 219.332 km/h

World Championship:

Vettel 322 points • Alonso 207 • Raïkkönen 183

So Near And Yet…

ROUND 15 – Japan, October 13, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 26m 49.301s (212.484 km/h)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) gap: 7.129s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 9.910s

Fastest Lap: Webber 1:34.587 = 221.015 km/h on lap 44

Pole Position: Webber 1:30.915 = 229.942 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 297 points • Alonso 207 • Raïkkönen 177

Boo Who? Seb Doesn't Care

A funny thing happened on the way to the Korean podium: nobody booed when race winner Sebastian Vettel appeared.

Asian courtesy, perhaps, or maybe the gang of barrackers who Vettel says have organised a special tour just couldn’t afford the Korean air fares.

Maybe it all started back in Malaysia.

Round 15 – Japan, 11-13 October 2013

Venue: Suzuka, Japan
Circuit Length: 5.807 kilometres
Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:31.540 = 228.372 km/h • Kimi Raïkkönen (McLaren Mercedes) • 2007

Odd note:

Suzuka is the world’s only Grand Prix circuit that describes a figure-of-eight. The track crosses over itself as the drivers head back on the inward leg towards the start-finish line. This year’s is the 25th Japanese Grand Prix to be staged there since 1987.

Place Of Ill Repute - But Still One Of The Best

“Suzuka should be one of the top three racetracks in anyone’s book.” So wrote former Grand Prix driver turned expert commentator Martin Brundle in his fine book Working the Wheel, published in 2004.

For Mark Webber Suzuka certainly is – or at least one-third of it, which kind of matches Brundle’s analysis! Giving fans an insight into his F1 preferences, Webber recently described the composite track which would be his favourite, and the first of his three sectors comes from the famous Japanese circuit.

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