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Dan gets ready to cross the 'Great Divide'

It measures only around 10 metres wide. But for Daniel Ricciardo it’s the dividing line between two worlds.

It’s the gateway to the Formula 1 paddock at Albert Park.

Once the drivers cross that great divide, they leave one world – the smiles, the selfies, the constant spotlight, the F1 dream – behind them and get down to business.

And in his other world, getting down to business is what Ricciardo – beaming smile, boyish sense of humour and all – is really all about.

Formula One arrives at Albert Park

The annual Formula One freight arrival at Albert Park took place today on the Pit Straight.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott was in attendance to welcome the arrival of the multi-million-dollar cargo consisting of 37 containers of shipping freight and six 747 jumbo jets with over 600 tonnes of air freight.

The 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Grid Girls also made their first public appearance.

The Melbourne Walk gives fans unprecedented access to Formula One drivers

New in 2015 the MELBOURNE WALK will provide General Admission patrons with the opportunity to get up close to their heroes as they arrive at the circuit. Located in Champions Gateway, MELBOURNE WALK will deliver a unique experience for Formula One drivers, teams and fans as they take the 100 metre walk to the Formula One Paddock when arriving at the Albert Park circuit each day. There will be autograph opportunities and interviews with GPTV.

The MELBOURNE WALK will operate at the following times:

Renault to take up the Albert Park Challenge

In an event first, Renault will partner with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to set the first ever production car lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ will be held on Thursday 12 March and is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule.

Never before has a commercially-available production vehicle under or up to two litre set a timed lap of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, and there is no better vehicle to do this than the record-breaking Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.

Testing times still lie ahead

Three four-day tests in Spain have come and gone – but the biggest test of all still lies ahead, especially if your name is McLaren…

‘It never feels that great as the car is at the worst it will be all season. But this is where you build your foundations for the year.’

That’s world champion Lewis Hamilton speaking on his first day back in the cockpit, the second day of the first pre-season test at Jerez in the first four days of February.

If we apply his words to the McLaren team he used to drive for, then Ron Dennis and his men have cause for concern.

Williams stays on top, but Mercedes remains the team to beat

Valtteri Bottas ensured Williams finished pre-season testing on top of the timesheets, with a qualifying simulation on Super Soft tyres during the morning session proving unbeatable.

Everybody focused on long runs during the afternoon as all teams looked to make final adjustments ahead of the season-opening Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on 12-15 March.

Sebastian Vettel was second fastest for Ferrari, racking up an impressive 129 laps, while Felipe Nasr completed a strong pre-season for Sauber with the third fastest time.

Massa fastest for Williams on first day of final test

Felipe Massa set the pace on the first day of the final test, putting Williams to the top of the timesheets with a late qualifying simulation on soft tyres.

The Brazilian completed 102 laps during the day in a positive start to the test and finished over seven tenths clear of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, despite the Swede running on the super soft rubber.

Lewis Hamilton was third fastest for Mercedes on the medium tyre, but it was a disappointing day for the World Champion, who was unable to do any running after lunch due to a MGU-K failure in his car.

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