F1 arrives at Melbourne (pictures)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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

  2. “The Brawn GP team walk the Melbourne track”

    Reservoir Dogs, much?

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

  4. can i just say…

    Nice skater :)

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

    1. Sush Meerkat
      26th March 2009, 15:43

      Red Bull insiders claim they were sandbagging!

    1. ’tis a pleasure Keith. It’s not very often that I spot breaking news early.

    2. That shores up much of their future concerns about funding- very good to hear, let’s see what they can do in ’09!

  7. 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.

    1. 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

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

  9. Williams 4ever
    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 :-?

    1. The autograph thing the Toyota drivers were at might be one of the new FOTA initiatives.

  10. @ 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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

  11. Sush Meerkat
    26th March 2009, 15:50


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

    1. Excellent!

  12. StrFerrari4Ever
    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

  13. Nick looks like he is in an ABBA tribute band

  14. Jarno Trulli training? looks like Glock to me.

    1. Indeed – fixed.

  15. An official report released by the FIA confirms Red Bull were sandbagging throughout the testing.

    Ah it’s nice to see the F1 drivers get up to something for a change rather than driving.

    1. I’m afraid Sush narrowly beat you to that one!

  16. Eduardo Colombi
    26th March 2009, 17:12

    mclaren should run with the sand car don’t you think?

    just kidding

  17. Eddie Irvine
    26th March 2009, 17:25

    Sorry for being out of subject, but because the time is closing can anyone post any link for live practice, outside uk

    1. See here: Watching, listening to and following F1 live online

      But you won’t find anything until the sessions are live.

      If you want to post some off-topic remember you can always use the forum:


    2. Eddie Irvine
      26th March 2009, 17:36

      Thanks keith

  18. should be able to spot Jenson with the new helmet. I hope the virgin design is class. the old Honda design (earth dreams) was horrible.

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