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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Rosberg Reckons Inner Calm Could Help

A chance encounter in a busy airport may have helped German driver Nico Rosberg put the 2014 season start in perspective, writes Tim Collings.

Nico Rosberg may call upon the calm inspiration of the Dalai Lama to soothe frayed nerves in the garage of pre-season favourites Mercedes this weekend as his team make final preparations for Sunday's 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Back In The Force India Fold

We decided to highlight three drivers to watch, for different reasons, in the course of the weekend ahead. Yesterday it was seasoned Brazilian race-winner Felipe Massa; today we look at Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Never go back, they say – but what would they know?

Nico Hulkenberg is back, and to him it feels like going back home – to the Force India team he represented in 2011 as a ‘third driver’ and in 2012 as a ‘proper’ occupant of a race seat.

'The Concept Of A Race Will Change Dramatically'

What the F1 teams and drivers are saying ahead of Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Dramatic change? That’s Ferrari’s Technical Director Pat Fry talking ahead of the first race of a new era in Formula 1.

New ‘powertrains’, restrictions on fuel consumption, complex systems – all will challenge teams and drivers, as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso also acknowledges.

‘Old Man’ Webber Encourages Youngsters To Make Their Own Mark

He was a champion in his own right, but Mark Webber switched his focus to Australia’s young people when he helped kick-start the Champion Edge at Albert Park on Tuesday ahead of Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Before leading a group of school students out to run a lap of the 5.3-km Australian Grand Prix circuit, Webber, now 37, explained why he was personally championing the Champion Edge cause.

Presenting the Official F1® App for iOS (Android Coming Soon)

The Official Formula 1® App is available for free download and offers leaderboard, lap times, sector classification, news stories and session commentary from Formula1.com throughout the 2014 season in a brand new interface.

Available as an in-app purchase, the F1® 2014 Premium Season Pass gives users full access to the above, plus exclusive content including:

Day two of Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge driver training wraps up

Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge drivers Brett Emerton, Robbie McEwen and Nathan Brown have emerged as the drivers to watch during the first set of practical exercises on day two of driver training at Sandown Raceway.

Lydia Lassila has been named as the favourite for the girls at this early stage, but is followed very closely by fellow Olympian Torah Bright. Both girls are keen to earn a place on the podium in 2014, a familiar location for two of Australia’s brightest Sochi stars.

Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge driver training kicks off at Sandown

The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge driver training got underway at Sandown Raceway today with the celebrity drivers all itching to get behind the wheel of the All-New Mazda3, in preparation for the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Mark Skaife and his team from Skaife Racing began the day with a simple car familiarisation exercise ensuring all seats and race harnesses were correctly fitted for each celebrity driver.

When Your Number's Up…

For the first time in many years, indeed decades, the 2014 drivers have been allowed to pick and choose their own racing numbers.

There are some interesting choices among the 22, which range from 1 to 99. This prompted a visit to the record books: what numbers have flourished, and which have not done so well, in World Championship history?

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