March 18, 2012

2012 F1 Australian Grand Prix Preview

The 2012 Formula One Season gets under way this morning with the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, on the street circuit at Albert Park, in Melbourne. Six Formula One champions are committed to this year's calendar, and all six will be in today's race.

Preparations may not have gone terribly well for Ferrari, and they are not confident about their chances for a podium finish in Australia. Mercedes driver, and seven-times champion Michael Schumacher has also been called cautious, but then isn't everybody before the season starts? Of course, the local favorite driver is Red Bull's Mark Webber.

Here's a batch of links from for you to preview this event. One audio podcast and a couple sample videos are also cued up, below.

Australia preview quotes - Ferrari, Force India, Williams & more
Posted at on March 13, 2012

After months of preparation and weeks of testing, it is almost time for the 12 teams and 24 drivers that make up the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship to show just what they can do. The Formula One fraternity looks ahead to this weekend's season opener in Melbourne's Albert Park...

Australia preview - 'It's going to be a freaky one!'
Posted at on March 15, 2012

The Formula One world may be set for an unusual start to the season, after two years in which Red Bull domination of the opening races could be taken for granted. That's the view of several teams, and tyre supplier Pirelli, whose rubber will be even softer this year and thus will demand an even smoother style from the drivers to avoid pushing it too far, too soon...

FIA Thursday press conference - Australia
Posted at on March 15, 2012

Drivers - Charles Pic (Marussia), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Mark Webber (Red Bull)...

Webber and Ricciardo gunning for home glory
Posted at on March 16, 2012

Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo will be doing their best to ensure that Advance Australia Fair is played after Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Red Bull racer Webber faces his 11th home race, and comes here fresh from victory in Brazil last year and a solid run of pre-season testing that has left the team quietly confident...

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at on March 16, 2012

Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus were among the quickest-looking teams during pre-season testing, but no one was quite sure how it would translate come Australia. And thanks to Friday's changeable weather we still don't know the answer. The drivers and leading team personnel reflect on their early progress...

FIA Friday press conference - Australia
Posted at on March 16, 2012

Team representatives - Luis Perez-Sala (HRT), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Adam Parr (Williams)...

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