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Jean-Eric Vergne sufffered more than his share of bad luck at the Spanish Grand Prix, but he intends to take it in his stride as he makes steps toward Monaco...
Small windows - Daniel's blog May 14, 2013
With upgrades on the STR8, Toro Rosso looked stronger in Barcelona, and after productive practice sessions, Daniel qualified 11th. In the race he advanced on that to finish 10th and snatch the final...
The enduring passion of karting | JEV's blog May 1, 2013
In the week since the Bahrain Grand Prix, Jean-Eric Vergne has gone back to college and taken some of the Toro Rosso team karting for his birthday...
The ups and downs of F1 - Daniel's blog Apr 22, 2013
After a career-best result last week in China, this week Daniel Ricciardo experienced the other side of things as his Bahrain Grand Prix was ruined by a suspiciously reluctant Toro Rosso STR8.
A little desert rain storm | JEV's blog Apr 18, 2013
The rain in Bahrain falls mainly on Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne as he reveals in his latest blog...
- Melbourne, Australia
- MAR 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- MAR 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
For the second year in succession Australia and Melbourne host the first race of the season as Formula One blasts onto the Albert Park circuit for 2012.
Feed off the electric atmosphere around the track and join a crowd of thousands to watch Aussie Mark Webber and the world’s premier drivers, including defending world and Australian Grand Prix champion Sebastian Vettel. The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a few kilometres south of central Melbourne.
The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake which is a small man-made body of water. The road sections that are used were rebuilt prior to the inaugural event in 1996 to ensure consistency and smoothness. The course is considered to be fast and relatively easy, drivers having commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.
During the nine months of the year when the track is not required for Grand Prix preparation or the race weekend, most of the track can be driven by ordinary street-registered vehicles either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Although the speed limit is generally 50kph which is slower than an F1 car under pit lane speed restrictions! Overtaking is also illegal.