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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

2015 Community Information

The Community Information Guide is intended to provide residents & businesses potentially effected by the event with a range of information on the event and how normal services in the area will be conducted.

A Community Relations Office will be established in Albert Park adjacent to Gate 1 near the Middle Park Station underpass in the lead up to the event. This is to assist with any community related matters and for the distribution of Local Access Permits to eligible residents and businesses.

MONZA: NO WALK IN THE PARK

First Spa, now Monza: for F1 lovers it’s like a double gulp of fresh air to get the system moving again before the hectic sprint towards the finish of another World Championship season.

The Italian Grand Prix is the last tango in Europe for teams and drivers, so it’s doubly important to take in everything that the Old Continent has to offer.

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed an experience of that kind earlier in the season when he drove the famous old track in a famous old car, the Mercedes-Benz W196, with one of its most famous veteran drivers: Sir Stirling Moss.

Lewis: 'Fully relaxed at the front'

Pirelli, power units, pay-outs and penalties: the four Ps dominated the return to racing at the wonderful Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Mercedes-Benz pulled off their seventh 1-2 finish of the season as Lewis Hamilton extended his title lead over teammate Nico Rosberg with the 39th win of his F1 career.

Hamilton’s sixth win of 2015 puts him on 227 points, which is 28 – more than a full race victory – clear of Rosberg, who in turn is now 39 clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, victim of the race’s major incident.

Spa: 'It's a circuit with a soul'

Hungry for action after the mid-season break? If so, would you like some F1 with your pommes frites? That’s the menu for this weekend as the Championship chase resumes in Belgium.

Few experiences can compare with standing down at the bottom of the steep descent to Eau Rouge, your cornet of frites and mayonnaise in hand, watching the world’s fastest cars scream through the zig-zag and up the sheer wall towards Le Raidillon.

Fortunately for all concerned, Spa-Francorchamps comes with a healthy serving of history and emotion as well as Belgian cuisine.

John Harnden Appointed Australian Grand Prix Chairman

Leading sports executive John Harnden AM has been appointed chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation board.

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that Mr Harnden would replace Melbourne Formula 1® Grand Prix stalwart Ron Walker AC CBE, who is retiring after 23 years in the role.

Mr Harnden is one of world sport’s most respected executives, who most recently served as chief executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup – an event worth $150 million to Victoria’s economy. He joined the AGPC board in 2006, before becoming Mr Walker’s deputy in 2007.

John Harnden AM appointed as Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, today announced the appointment of John Harnden AM as Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC).

Mr Harnden has over 25 years of involvement with Formula One and motorsport. He joined the AGPC board in 2006, became Deputy Chairman in March 2007 and succeeds Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE, who stood down from the role on 28 April this year.

Mr Harnden paid tribute to the Victorian Government and Mr Walker for his mentorship over many years.

Mid-season Report: Damage limitation - but where?

The half-time whistle has blown, the players are having half an orange or a cup of tea and the boss is trying to tell them what they need to do in the second half.

But are they trying to win the game or merely avoid defeat?

The analogy applies to the four-wheeled, mechanised mayhem we know as Formula 1 because a number of teams find themselves in a position to improve or go backwards – the worst possible action in F1.

Let’s start at the top of the table – and what a surprise it is, after Hungary, to see Lewis Hamilton’s name up there on 202 points.

That was for Jules

Anyone who questions the importance of sport in human affairs should be made to sit in a darkened room and watch the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix over and over until they see sense.

It began with a moving tribute from the 20 drivers to their fallen colleague Jules Bianchi, the young French driver who last week lost his nine-month battle after his accident in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

It ended in victory for Ferrari, the team by which Bianchi was nurtured and for whom he would one day have raced at the pinnacle of the sport to which he gave his life.

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