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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.

Penrite Oil Heritage Touring at Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Invited Group C and A touring cars to compete at Albert Park

Penrite Oil Heritage Touring Cars will join the ever-popular support category line-up for the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.

Catering for Historic touring cars covering the Group C and A eras of Australian touring car racing, the category last competed at Albert Park in 2012 and will make its return this year.

Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo

Question time with Australian Formula One superstar, Daniel Ricciardo

We caught up with Daniel Ricciardo to talk about what he loves about coming to Melbourne, competing in the Australian Grand Prix, his most memorable moments and much more.

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