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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Hamilton happier at home – and at Mercedes

Six years after his dazzling 2007 debut for McLaren, Lewis Hamilton declared on Thursday that his move to Mercedes for 2013 had made him a happier man and, he hoped, a faster and better driver.

The 28-year-old Briton, who qualified fourth and finished third in his first F1 race and won the drivers’ world title in 2008, told a pre-race news conference at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix that he felt “very comfortable” following his team-switch -- with both car and working environment.

Crowds flock to opening day of the 2013 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The sun came out to shine on Day 1 of the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, as an estimated 69,400 fans flocked through the gates to celebrate “Heritage Day” and commemorate 60 years since the first Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

To celebrate the milestone, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) opened the gates of the Albert Park track for General Admission patrons resulting in the second highest Thursday attendance since the event returned to Melbourne in 1996.

Racing into the unknown: Albert Park’s annual challenge

F1’s top drivers admitted on Thursday that they are racing into the unknown at this weekend’s Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Led by defending drivers’ World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, the top men said that they have little idea of how the new extra-soft Pirelli tyres will perform when run in warm, or hot conditions, for the first time.

After weeks of European winter testing in low temperatures, they agreed that the new compounds of rubber did not last long – and may cause unpredictable problems before and during Sunday’s 58-lap race.

Lyons imperious in qualifying

British driver Michael Lyons has claimed the first bragging rights in the Total Oil International Sports Car Challenge at Albert Park.

Lyons, a regular Melbourne visitor, powered to an emphatic pole position in his thumping 8.8-litre March 717.

With the sports cars making their debut at Albert Park, today’s sessions were a huge learning curve for all the drivers, and it was Lyons who showed the field a clean pair of heels with a best lap of 1:55.3907.

Mark Webber: Just get out to Melbourne and get on with the racing

Their home Grand Prix is a mixed blessing for Australia’s Formula One favourites Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber. Yes, it’s great to see family, friends… and the sun; but demands on their time are extraordinary so race weekend comes as a relief.

When you are approaching your 200th Grand Prix, starting your 12th World Championship season and the senior man on the 22-driver grid, you might be forgiven for taking a broad, relaxed view of life in the Formula One paddock.

Not if you’re Mark Webber.

Gates are open and the action has begun!

Despite the cool change in weather, the action is heating up on day one of the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Celebrating “Heritage Day” which commemorates 60 years since the first Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in 1953, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation has opened the gates to hoards of general admission patrons.

The patrons who are streaming into experience the thrill and excitement of the Australian Grand Prix have enjoyed the unmistakable sounds of the first cars to roar around the iconic street circuit.


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