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. Gman said on 26th March 2009, 18:44

    I like the zoo photos- we don’t have any of those animals up here, so it’s quite funny to see in any capacity.

    The idea I really like is seieng the Aussie rules football guys teaming up with the F1 dudes- when F1 eventually returns here to the U.S., I would love to see some of the teams and drivers team up with the NFL or NBA outlets on a promotional gig.

  2. Wesley said on 26th March 2009, 21:36

    I’M BACK!!!…took a bit of a break from F1 over the winter,had to practice my guitar sometime.
    Great pics but,I have to agree with the comments of race drivers being tough(they are modern day gladiators after all)….more “Reservoir Dog” type pics would be good….that was for you ajokay,spot on observation.

    I am fired up and ready for this new season to begin,should be a interesting with all the changes.I wiil be pulling for my BMW boys first of all and hope to see Brawn GP and Jense on lots of podiums.

    It is good to be back and see familiar names and read your witty comments……and a big hello to Keith!

  3. Dane said on 26th March 2009, 21:53

    Modern day gladiators??

  4. Toby Bushby said on 26th March 2009, 23:15

    The pictures of the BMW boys at the beach (wall) look like they were taken at about 7:00pm – the time the race is due to finish if there’s disruptions.

    p.s. I’m not joking. That’s what it was like last night in Melbourne.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th March 2009, 23:22

      They do seem to have cut it very fine. We’ll get an impression tonight as the last practice session finishes at 6pm, which will be the halfway point in the race (assuming it runs to two hours).

    • It looked light enough from here at the end of the session, but two problems emerged.

      The first was lighting. Lewis Hamilton complained that he couldn’t see, which is not good. Even if everyone else could see what they were doing, it only takes one person who can’t to trigger an inopportune crash.

      The second problem was temperature. It dropped five degrees during the first hour of second practise, and towards the end dropped further. This took the tyres right out of their operating temperature (particularly the soft ones), so we could see more people making mistakes as a result.

  5. matt said on 27th March 2009, 0:52

    Do you reckon we can expect to see teams running During much more of free practices this year to make up for a lack of testing, or will they run as much as they did last year, enough to find a decent setup but without putting too many unnecessary miles on the engines?

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th March 2009, 4:55

    I imagine the Red Bull press team looking through a list of potential activities for Mark Webber and crossing them off:

    “Zoo? No, one of the animals might attack him?”
    “Skating? No, he’ll break the other leg…”
    “He can’t hurt himself with sand, surely?”

  7. dai rhys said on 28th March 2009, 0:20

    its nice to see slicks back not sure of the rear wing tho…..

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