The very best in Australian music will be showcased at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, with former Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning headlining the weekend’s entertainment. Fanning will take to the ‘Sounds on the Circuit’ stage following Formula 1® Qualifying with a concert free for all Saturday ticket holders. His appearance trackside will wrap up a successful run of shows for The Departure Tour where he showcased his latest album which included hit single Battleships.
The speaker: World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who left the second four-day test before the new season begins in Melbourne with two days’ running and a total of just 73 laps in the new Red Bull Renault.
Vettel was never in the spotlight for the right reasons in Bahrain as Mercedes and McLaren, also powered by the German engines, again seized the initiative.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has announced today Western Bulldogs star Will Minson is set to join the team for the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix as AFL Ambassador.
The Australian Grand Prix and the AFL are two of Melbourne’s most significant sporting institutions; this ambassadorial role is a celebration of their place on the Australian sporting landscape.
Two talking-points emerged from the first day of the second pre-season test in Bahrain on Wednesday: Mercedes and Red Bull, and the news from the two camps could not have been more starkly contrasting.
World Champions Red Bull suffered another embarrassing day as they took all morning to get Sebastian Vettel’s car up and running, then watched the German complete just 14 laps before a ‘mechanical issue’ halted his progress – or lack of it.
V8 Supercars fans are in for non-stop action at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation today announcing an all-new race format.
The format will be a world first for V8 Supercars and has been designed to ensure enthralling racing across all four races.
Each race will feature a double-file rolling start, which will create additional excitement, especially on the long run down the main straight into Turn 1. Drivers will also line up side-by-side for any Safety Car restarts across the event.
While the Drivers’ World Championship has been in existence since 1950, the first year of the organized series we now know, a separate title for constructors came into being only in 1958.
It was won by British marque Vanwall, a one-off ‘look what we can do’ effort by wealthy industrialist Tony Vandervell to show what British racing teams could achieve despite the consistently under-performing presence of BRM.