2014 Australian Grand Prix start, Albert Park, Melbourne

Melbourne contract extended but no night race

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

2014 Australian Grand Prix start, Albert Park, MelbourneIn the round-up: The Australian Grand Prix will remain at Melbourne until at least 2020 but will not become a night race.

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New five-year, $250 million deal to keep Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne (Herald Sun)

“[Premier of Victory] Dr [Denis] Napthine said the contract ensured Melbourne’s Grand Prix would be the first race on the calendar every year until 2020, and that there would be no night racing.”

Niki Lauda begrüßt Ecclestone-Deal (Suddeutsche Zeitung, German)

This report claims Bernie Ecclestone will pay a $100m (£59.6m) settlement to end his bribery case in Germany this week, significantly more than what was previously reported and over twice as much as the $44.1m he is alleged to have paid banker Gerhard Gribkowsky as a bribe.

Kamui Kobayashi Q&A Part 2 (Crash)

“Do you feel like [the stewards] don’t pay enough attention to what happens further down the grid?
Yeah, exactly, this is always a problem. During qualifying, with traffic, it’s another story. If we are doing green sectors but some top team affects us they don’t care.”

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An offbeat Caption Competition prompted some imaginative and very funny suggestions. I particularly liked those from Neil, Uzair Syed, Martin Fuhs, Graham228221 and Cjpdk.

But the winner was this offering from JackySteeg:

Nelson Piquet Jnr, Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, Mexico City, 2007

“Just grin and bear it, Nelson. You’ll be lucky if this is the worst thing Flavio tells you to do.”

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On this day in F1

Two years before his dreadful crash on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Niki Lauda put his Ferrari on pole position for the 1974 race, held on this day four decades ago.

However he went out on the first lap after a collision with Jody Scheckter. The latter continued and finished second but Lauda’s team mate Clay Regazzoni won, moving ahead of both of them in the championship battle.

The race was marred by a nasty accident which left Mike Hailwood with leg injuries that ended his F1 career.

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