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Australian Grand Prix – Pre Race News

by F1Fan on March 22, 2010

The Australian Grand Prix is popular for all the right reasons. As well as the sports-mad local fans, the Albert Park track is pretty much in the heart of the city making for easy access to the circuit and the multitude of World class entertainment that is scheduled to coincide with the Formula One weekend.

It’s no surprise that the Australian Grand Prix is a favorite of Red Bull Racing driver, Mark Webber. As an Aussie this is the home race for Webber, and Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in particular is the track on which Webber made his Formula One Debut.

Talking about his home race during a recent interview, he commented:

“I like driving the ciruit.
It’s got a mixture of medium and high speed corners and there some low speed stuff too. It’s generally a very good track. I’ve had some more happy memories at the race since my debut in 2002, but it was a very happy first race with Paul Stoddard and Minardi. It was a shoe-string budget and a very special afternoon.

There are some very special races on the calendar and some sensational events that we race at, such as Spa and Monaco. Melbourne is clearly one of the best, if not the best, organised events on the calendar. The Europeans talk about it and the drivers like going there too. And I see more flags in the grandstands! I don’t hear anything when I’m driving, but you do sense the atmosphere – it’s good.”

This year Webbers return home has been made even more special with his home town, Queanbeyan hosting a civic reception in his honor after a motorcade through the streets.
Webber’s home town is located in the Southeast of New South Wales, just some 15km’s from Australia’s Capital, Canberra. It has a reputation of being the home of many sporting stars of Rugby and Australian Rules football in addition to Motorsport. Town mayor, speaking for the townspeople Tim Overall, said:

“Queanbeyan is proud of all of its sporting stars and is honoured to have such high-quality sports people representing it. The people of Queanbeyan have followed Mark’s career closely and the town celebrated as one when he crossed the finish line in Germany to record his first Grand Prix victory. Such an amazing performance deserves to be honoured.”

The Albert Park Circuit is also honouring Australia’s current favourite F1 son by naming a new grandstand after Mark Webber for this year’s race. The new “Webber Stand” will be situated between the existing Fangio and Senna stands, and will offer spectators a good view of the race coming out of Turn 16 and heading down pit straight.

Just 4 days to go to the beginning of the Grand Prix Race weekend and the excitement is building.

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