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Melbourne: Expect the unexpected

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team arrive in Australia as the reigning world champions, and12 days of pre-season testing suggested the Silver Arrows are flying fastest again.

The 5.303km Albert Park track’s history doesn’t offer a lot of encouragement to the pursuers, either.

Hosting F1 for the 20th time, the circuit has seen Mercedes-powered cars win eight times, though the Mercedes team had to wait till last year for their own first Australian victory with Nico Rosberg.

Roberto Merhi

Roberto Merhi
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Subject to official FIA confirmation, young Spaniard Roberto Merhi will race for the revived Manor Marussia team in Sunday’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Merhi, who will turn 24 next week, joins Manor teammate Will Stevens as F1’s latest recruits.

“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” Merhi said.

“It is a big responsibility but I feel ready to make this step in my career and to show that I can make an important contribution to developing a team.”

Will Stevens

Will Stevens
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Abu Dhabi, 2014: a youngster from Essex makes his F1 debut at the wheel of a car resurrected by a crowd-funding exercise. He finishes 17th and last, but that doesn’t matter to Will Stevens: he’s a Grand Prix driver now.

Stevens followed a familiar modern path to Abu Dhabi. He excelled in karting, with titles in Europe and the Asia Pacific series, before graduating to single-seater racing in Formula Renault 2.0 UK.

Spaniard completes Albert Park F1 line-up

Subject to official FIA confirmation, young Spaniard Roberto Merhi will race for the revived Manor Marussia team in Sunday’s Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Merhi, who will turn 24 next week, joins Manor teammate Will Stevens as F1’s latest recruits.

“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” Merhi said.

“It is a big responsibility but I feel ready to make this step in my career and to show that I can make an important contribution to developing a team.”

Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo hosted a running session today for Wings for Life World Run

The Wings for Life World Run is back in 2015, with Australian Formula One driver, Daniel Ricciardo, in pole position in his role as an official Wings for Life World Run ambassador.

Ahead of the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Daniel took part in a Wings for Life World Run 2015 running session this morning, hosted by Surf Ironman Matt Poole.

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:

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