F1 arrives at Melbourne (pictures)

Mark Webber's been playing on the beach

Mark Webber's been playing on the beach

The F1 drivers have been kept busy since they arrived in Melbourne: playing football, poker training, and building F1 cars out of sand.

Here’s a selection of pictures showing what some of the drivers and teams have been up to in Australia. Those ones of Nick Heidfeld at Melbourne zoo are just begging for a comedy caption…

Images (C) Toyota F1 World, Brawn GP, Getty Images, Force India F1 Team, BMW ag, Renault / LAT

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45 comments on F1 arrives at Melbourne (pictures)

  1. todd said on 26th March 2009, 12:06

    great photos, i just bought a RBR shirt – so hopefully they can get some more points and a win somewhere this year :D

  2. ajokay said on 26th March 2009, 12:28

    “The Brawn GP team walk the Melbourne track”

    Reservoir Dogs, much?

  3. Damon said on 26th March 2009, 12:48

    Hah, Nick Heidfeld looks like a 12-year-old boy with a beard. He’s a small Chuck Norris.

  4. Fer no.65 said on 26th March 2009, 12:58

    can i just say…

    Nice skater :)

  5. Sush Meerkat said on 26th March 2009, 13:36

    I’m pretty sure the FIA will want words with Webber, those barge boards look a tad on the big side, clearly its giving him an unfair advantage in sand castle building.

  6. Moolander said on 26th March 2009, 13:50

    That sand F1 was built with a shovel that goes against the spirit of the rules!

  7. Dougie said on 26th March 2009, 13:52

    Virgin sponsors Brawn… official confirmation due tomorrow…

    This was I always felt would happen, and its great news from where I am sitting. Quality.

  8. Maciek said on 26th March 2009, 14:13

    OK, this is one of the problems with F1′s marketing – they basically all look like nerds that have been put into totally awkward situations rife with bad taste – what’s with the casino picture of Fisi, Kubica and Glock smiling awkwardly behind Al Capone and his slow-witted sidekick!?!?!?!? And Sutil with the skaters? Please! I can smell the cheesy all the way here in Montreal. And then there’s Webber and Vettel modeling your grandpa’s leisure clothes on the beach. Sheesh!!!

    What F1 needs is some good kick-ass attitude, at least on some of its drivers – it’s a competitive sport full giant egos – it’s not a Disney movie!

    Then again, I never can really fathom sport fans – I guess this is what sells.

    • Phil said on 26th March 2009, 15:03

      You’ll notice Kimi isn’t in any of those, he’s a proper old school racer – he’ll probably be up half the night saturday boozing it up :D

  9. Look at the size of the diffuser on that sand car…that’s got to be illegal!

  10. Williams 4ever said on 26th March 2009, 15:23

    Are all these “Corporate PR Events” or any of these part of FOTA initiative to give “General Public” access to the Drivers :-?

  11. Damon said on 26th March 2009, 15:28

    @ Maciek
    I agree with you on that!
    Racing drivers in the US are brave, tough men, who are there to fight. Unforunately, in Europe the marketing people don’t get it, and promote F1 drivers as girly boyband members of some kind.
    That’s quite embarrassing.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th March 2009, 15:38

      Racing drivers in the US are brave, tough men, who are there to fight. Unforunately, in Europe the marketing people don’t get it, and promote F1 drivers as girly boyband members of some kind.

      Never thought of it that way before, but you’re dead right!

    • Gman said on 26th March 2009, 18:41

      I also agree- no doubt many of the F1 drivers are just as tough and gritty, but the domination of the corporate image when it comes to fan outreach deprives them of the chance to interact in the same capacity as the NASCAR guys.

  12. Sush Meerkat said on 26th March 2009, 15:50

    http://uzar.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/sandcastle.jpg

    Latest pics confirm the Red Bull offering this year failed FIA sanctioned crash tests.

  13. StrFerrari4Ever said on 26th March 2009, 15:54

    haha very good stuff surprising to see the Brawn Gp car hasnt gt any sponsors on it at the moment just a thought and yes the drivers need a more masculine image

  14. Rob R. said on 26th March 2009, 16:09

    Nick looks like he is in an ABBA tribute band

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