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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

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.

The Fire Next Time: Two In A Row For Mark

ROUND 14 – Korea, October 6, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 43m 13.701s (av. race speed 179.386 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault) gap: 4.224s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 4.927s

Fastest Lap: Vettel 1:41.380 = 199.388 km/h on lap 53

Pole Position: Vettel 1:37.202 = 207.958 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 272 points • Alonso 195 • Raïkkönen 167

Mazda back on track for the Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today announced the return of the Celebrity Challenge to the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix with Mazda confirming their sponsorship of the race featuring the soon to be released, All-New Mazda3.

Mazda3 has been Australia’s best-selling car for the last two years and the third-generation Mazda3 has been newly designed from the ground up. Like the Mazda6 and CX-5 before it, All-New Mazda3 has adopted Mazda’s award winning ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technology.

Young racing driver Renee Gracie has life and career on the right track

Upcoming superstar Renee Gracie—the first ever female driver to race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (PCCA)—has taken the next step in her professional development by establishing a mentoring opportunity with well-respected business woman Gillian Franklin, Founder and Managing Director of The Heat Group. Franklin will help Gracie “drive” her professional development, alongside her sporting achievements, and will work towards raising Gracie’s profile on and off the circuit.

Starting From Zero? The Fire Still Burns Bright In Fernando

By November 24, when this year’s Formula 1 World Championship ends, it will be seven long years since Fernando Alonso Diaz claimed the second of his two titles.

‘O duelo final’ was the Brazilian billing for the 18th and final race of the 2006 season, because it pitted F1’s new young lion Alonso of Renault against the retiring king, Michael Schumacher of Ferrari. In the end neither man won at Interlagos that October day: an incredibly youthful-looking Felipe Massa, clad not in Ferrari red but in special green-and-gold Brazilian overalls for the day, did the job instead.


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