Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2012

2012 Australian Grand Prix build-up in pictures

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Anticipation is building ahead of the start of the 2012 Formula 1 season.

The drivers and teams have assembled in Melbourne for the first race of the season where they’re been greeted by some rainy weather.

The build-up so far has seen the usual pre-season activities, press releases and photo shoots. Here’s a selection of pictures from the paddock before the serious business begins tomorrow.

Also today, Heikki Kovalainen has revealed a striking new helmet design

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