Super Saturday set to rock Melbourne

Another spectacular day is in store on Super Saturday at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. 

The action is headlined by Formula 1® qualifying, with Mercedes sending a warning to their rivals after five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton blitzed the timesheets during both practice sessions on Friday in Melbourne.

At this stage, Hamilton looks like a clear favourite to take a record-breaking eighth pole position for the iconic race around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the Australian Grand Prix in both of the last two years, though, and he will be hoping of improving on a somewhat disappointing show in practice.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo also continues his preparations in his debut weekend at home in his new Renault colours.

Five of the six new Ford Mustangs will start in the top six positions on Saturday when race two of Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 sets off on Saturday at 12:50pm. 

Championship leader Scott McLaughlin looks to be almost unstoppable as he lines up in pole position for races two and three, the latter starting at 6:30pm.

Wildcard driver Luis Leeds starts tomorrow’s Australian Formula 4 Championship from pole position, joined by rival Ryan Suhle in the Team BRM entry. 

Last year’s series champion, Jayden Ojeda, will be looking for a much cleaner race on Saturday, starting race two of the 2019 season from the third row of the grid in fifth.

Italian Phillipe Prette will start the opening race of the weekend in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli from pole, too, with Prette dominating the last three sessions in his #1 Blackbird Concessionaires HK.

Female drivers Rochelle Gilmore from Australia and Thailand’s Kanthicha Chimsiri will be eagerly awaiting to make their racing debuts in the Ferrari 488 category when racing gets underway at 10:45am.

Fraser Ross will face another battle in the BP Ultimate Australian GT when he starts his second successive race from the number one spot on Saturday.

The #59 McLaren entry has recorded one win in Melbourne already and he joins rival Max Twigg in the predominantly green #8 Mercedes-AMG for the first time on the front row of the grid this weekend.

Also on Saturday, Dale Wood (Sonic/Polyfor) will be out to continue his great form when the Porsche 911’s set off for race three.

The 35-year-old has been unrivalled over the weekend and is eyeing off another victory around the magnificent Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit during the second round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series.

The #777 Porsche of Jordan Love will join Wood on the front row after working his way up the field from his sixth-placed finish in Thursday’s qualifying session.

Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

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