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8 Things We Learned From the F1™ Australia Grand Prix

Posted by Jaime Villegas on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 02:03 PM

2014_ASM_AUSTRALIA_IMG_05.jpgThe season opener has a habit of throwing up interesting statistics, and so it proved again on Sunday. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes fought for every inch he earned on the track on Sunday, and it proved to be enough as he took home the checkered flag. Plenty of noteworthy things happened in the 2016 F1™ opener which made it hard for us to narrow it down to eight.

  • In finishing second, Lewis Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher’s record of six podium finishes in Australia. On Saturday the Briton joined the great German in becoming one of just three drivers (the other being Ayrton Senna) to have scored 50 or more pole positions in F1 racing.

    Hamilton fought early on to get out from the middle of the pack as the beginning of the race, which was something different than what we’ve come to expect from the Mercedes crew. It didn’t take them long to work through the poor start as they found their footing and soon proved that they are still the team to beat in Formula One™. Though helped in part by the red flag brought on by Fernando Alonso’s crash and subsequently, Ferrari’s decision to not change tire compounds during that red flag, Rosberg showed that Mercedes still have the ability to control a race comfortably from the front.

  • Romain Grosjean’s sixth place finish ensured Haas became the first brand-new team to score points on their Grand Prix debut since Mika Salo finished sixth for Toyota in 2002. Haas are also the first American team to score points since the similarly named (but completely unaffiliated) Team Haas finished sixth with Alan Jones at Monza in 1986. Worth noting that Grosjean only finished in the top six once last season with Lotus.

    Grosjean without a doubt exceeded all expectations to claim sixth in Haas’ debut race. Again, without the red flag, it’s unlikely Grosjean would have even scored one point, but his driving in the second half of the race was world-class, and he deserved every single one of the eight points he scored.  2014_ASM_AUSTRALIA_IMG_04.jpg

  • Daniel Ricciardo’s fourth place finish equaled the best result for an Australian driver on home soil – a tie with Mark Webber’s fourth place in 2012. Ricciardo also became just the second Australian - again after Webber - to record a fastest lap at home.

    Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a successful home race after an average qualifying performance. The Australian worked his way up to sixth, working with super-soft tires, but these were switched for a new set of softs during the red flag stoppage. He was overtaken by Lewis Hamilton and his second stop dropped him to fifth, but soon after leaving the pits Ricciardo overtook Felipe Massa to reclaim fourth.

  • Max Verstappen’s tenth place finish ensured he is now - at 18 - the youngest points scorer in Australian Grand Prix history. Current Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat had previously held the record for finishing ninth as a 19-year-old on his debut in 2014.

    The younger generation continues to come to the proverbial table ready to play. Sure it’s going to take them a few seasons to find their groove, but much like Stella, they’re bound to find it soon!

  • Speaking of Daniil Kvyat, the Russian has now failed to take the start in two successive season openers in Australia because of mechanical woes.

    Daniil Kvyat was forced to watch from the sidelines yet again, he said that the retirement didn’t affect him as badly as his similar problem the year before when he made his Red Bull Racing debut. The unfortunate snafu begs the question, “What Russia do to Australia? Is there a feud we don’t know about?”

  • Three drivers finished the race in identical positions to where they finished in the same race last season: Sebastian Vettel (in third), Nico Hulkenberg (in seventh) and Carlos Sainz (in ninth).

    They say history is destined to repeat itself and we got a perfect glimpse of that with the Australian Grand Prix. Considering the major accident that occured, it is surprising to see these drivers place where they did.
  • For the first time ever in Melbourne, the first 13 drivers home finished on the lead lap – that’s the highest number in history, and a good indication of the competitive nature of the grid.

  • FIA’s safety standards DO work

    If there ever were an incident that represents a testament to the FIA’s gold standard safety regulations, it’s this one. Alonso’s McLaren flew, spun, and violently broke apart, yet the driver was completely unscathed and able to walk away from the wreck.

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Topics: Formula One, Australian Grand Prix

Hamilton Starts Season Strong with 2015 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Win

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 02:16 PM

Recapping the 2015 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Formula One returned this past weekend with the season opener, the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Not surprisingly, the result was Mercedes AMG Petronas domination. Immediately, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg broke away from the field and didn't look back.

usgp_20141030_lefebure_j3u2355Hamilton maintained his comfortable lead in front of Rosberg and cruised to first place on the podium. This now marks the 30th grands prix Mercedes AMG Petronas has won.

Sebastian Vettel debuted his Ferrari colors with a third place finish, with Felipe Massa of Williams close behind. The grand prix certainly started the 2015 season off with a bang, however, as only 11 cars even finished in Melbourne. Three cars were lost before the race even began!

Valtteri Bottas injured a disc in his back during qualifying and was ordered not to drive for Williams. Daniil Kvyat couldn't make it around to the pits after experiencing gearbox trouble, so Red Bull Racing was down a car. Then, McLaren-Honda's bad luck visited as Kevin Magnussen got stuck between Turns 5 and 6 as he was on his way to line-up on the
starting grid.

Manor Marussia did not have either driver on the circuit in Melbourne, and then during the race, Felipe Nasr's Sauber was tagged by Pastor Maldonado in the first corner and was spun into the barriers.

It was certainly an interesting start to the season!

Read on to view the current 2015 Formula One standings and see which grand prix is next on the calendar!

The Current 2015 F1 Standings





1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 25
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 15
4 Felipe Massa Williams F1 Team 12
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber F1 Team 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing 8
7 Niko Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 6
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team 4
9 Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso 2
10 Segio Perez Sahara Force India 1
11 Jenson Button McLaren 0

Who do you think should have won the 2015 Australian Grand Prix? Do you think Mercedes will continue to pull ahead in the standings? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Next Up: The 2015 Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix

Couldn't make it to Australia for the 2015 Formula 1 season opener? Well, don't let the 2015 F1 season pass you by! Formula 1 is heading to Sepang International Circuit for the 2015 Formula formula-one-world-championship-formula-one-paddock-club-malaysia-fans-grand-prix-experiences-quinteventsOne Malaysian Grand Prix on March 29, and with Official Ticket Packages to the Formula One Paddock Club, you can attend the race LIVE!

Located in the upper terrace of the pit building, directly opposite of the start/finish line, the Formula One Paddock Club is where the most prestigious fans watch
grand prix racing. 

The Paddock Club is an indoor, climate-controlled hospitality venue with private access to the pit-roof outdoor viewing terrace. From the Paddock Club or the viewing terrace, fans will be able to see the drivers line starting grid, race through the screaming straight into the first turn, the epic finish, and all the Pit Lane action! And when the cars are out of your direct line of sight, the simulcast TV coverage within the Paddock Club will be your eyes.

formula-one-world-championship-formula-one-paddock-club-malaysia-culture-grand-prix-experiences-quinteventThroughout the race weekend, the VIP amenities in the Formula One Paddock Club will be at your disposure and you can access them at your leisure:

  • Morning Refreshments
  • 4-Course Dining and Fine Wines
  • An Open Wine Bar
  • A Mumm Champagne Bar
  • Driver Interviews
  • Live Music and Entertainment

Also included with an Official Formula One Paddock Club Ticket Package are Pit Lane Walks, access to the Support Race Paddock and access to the F1 Village.

So, are you ready to begin planning your trip to Malaysia for the 2015 Formula One™ Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of the month? Then it's time to take the next step! Call 866-915-6965 to speak to a representative or visit
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Topics: Australian Grand Prix

F1 is Back: The 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix Preview

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Mon, Mar 09, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

2014_asm_australia_imgIt's been months since the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place, bringing to a close the 2014 season with Mercedes AMG Petronas and Lewis Hamilton being world champions. Now, the moment F1 fans have been waiting for is finally here. The 2015 season opener is set to take place this weekend in Australia! 

Read on to learn what the teams and drivers are up against at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, to see which drivers will be lining up on the grid, and for early predictions on the winner!

Inside the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

Location: Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Capacity: 80,000
FIA Grade: 1
Reopened: March 7, 1996
Length: 5.303 km or 3.295 miles
Turns: 16
Lap Record: 1.24.125 by Michael Schumacher in 2004 

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit surrounding Albert Park Lake and is just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. Originally opened in November 1953, and then reopened in March 1996, the street sections of the circuit were rebuilt to ensure smoothness and consistency on the tyres. 

formula-one-world-championship-formula-one-paddock-club-malaysia-fan-lunch-grand-prix-experiences-quinteventCompared to other street circuits such as Monte Carlo, the Albert Park track is impeccably smooth and before 2007, there were few other tracks on the F1 calendar that actually circled a body of water.

Due to its scenic surroundings, the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit boasts unparalleled views for fans in the stands of both Formula One racing and Australia's natural beauty.

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The 2015 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Starting Grid

With less than a week left until the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the starting grid has been set with one driver missing. After suffering a crash in testing, Fernando Alonso will not being racing in Australia. Doctors suggested the McLaren driver take an additional week off as a precaution. 

The two-time Formula One champion will be replaced by rookie, Kevin Magnussen, McLaren's reserve driver.

Therefore, the starting grid is as follows:

Mercedes AMG Petronas Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg
Infiniti Red Bull Racing Daniel Ricciardo Daniil Kvyat
Williams F1 Team Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas
Scuderia Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen
McLaren Fernando Alonso
Kevin Magnussen
Jenson Button
Sahara Force India Nico Hulkenberg Sergio Perez
Scuderia Toro Rosso Max Verstappen Carlos Sainz Jr.
Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean Pastor Maldonado
Manor Motorsport Will Stevens TBC
Sauber F1 Team Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr

Winning Predictions

usgp_20141030_lefebure_j3u2355If there is one thing testing in Sepang showed us, it's that Mercedes AMG Petronas is not slowing down. Nico Rosberg set the fastest time without even using super-soft tyres in testing and Mercedes is once again looking like the team to beat. 

Looking ahead into the season, I think it's safe to say a battle between defending champion, Lewis Hamilton, and teammate Rosberg will ensue.

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo will certainly remain toward the top of the standings and I wouldn't be surprised if Sebastian Vettel climbs up the ladder with his move to Ferrari. 

However, when it comes to who is going to win in Melbourne, I'd put my money on Rosberg. He's coming hot off of testing and he tasted victory in the Australian Grand Prix last season. Ricciardo and Hamilton will certainly be podium finishers, as well.

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Rev Your Engines for Malaysia!

Couldn't make it to Australia for the season opener this weekend? Then make plans to attend the
2015 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit on March 29!

formula-one-world-championship-formula-one-paddock-club-malaysia-fans-grand-prix-experiences-quinteventsWith Official Ticket Packages to the Formula One Paddock Club, you can experience the Malaysian Grand Prix from the lap of luxury. The Paddock Club can be found in the upper terrace of the pit building, directly opposite of the start/finish line.

The venue is indoor and climate-controlled, and features direct access to the pit-roof outdoor viewing terrace. From here, fans can witness the drivers line the starting grid, race through the screaming straight, the epic finish, and all the Pit Lane action!

Then, Formula One Paddock Club amenities can be accessed at your leisure and include the following:

  • Morning Refreshments
  • 4-Course Gourmet Dining and Fine Wines
  • An Open Wine Bar
  • A Mumm Champagne Bar
  • Driver Interviews
  • Live Music and Entertainment

Pit Lane Walks, access to the Support Race Paddock and access to the F1 Village are also included in Official Ticket Packages.


So, are you ready to plan your trip to Malaysia? Call 866-915-6965 to speak to a representative or visit
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Topics: Australian Grand Prix