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GP Week : Issue 197
F1 >>> nEWs This issue of GPWEEK comes to you with the support of With a world-class development-stage asset, WTR are on the path to become a major mineral sands producer in Madagascar. CLICK HERE for more information on this ASX-listed company Building a Tier 1 Mineral Sands Company GMP Mining Jamboree February 2013 Bruce Griffin – CEO at BriEFly » There was a great static display at Albert Park, paying homage to Australia’s World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, and their title-winning cars. A Repco Brabham and Williams FW07 were on display, in front of suitably framed photos. Only problem was, the large pic of the Brabham jumping into the air at the Nurburgring wasn’t Black Jack; it was one of Jacky Ickx on his way to winning the 1969 German GP. Oh dear ... » The Rosbergs are the third father-and-son combination to win the Australian Grand Prix, but the first to both do it in Formula 1 cars. Stan Jones (1959) and son Alan (1980) and Graham Hill (1966) and son Damon (1995 and ’96) are the other two. » In spite of a viewer- hostile middle of the night time slot, the buildup to the Australian GP proved very popular with American viewers. The audience for Friday’s Practice sessions on NBC was up a whopping 400 percent on the equivalent in 2013. » Celebrity races are normally not that entertaining but the one in Melbourne was. Retired footballer Brett Emerton won after fellow front row man, former Tour de France rider Robbie McEwan, stalled on the line. Entertainers Rob Mills and Tim Robards filled the podium places. One car ended up outside down and local comedian Tommy Little went through an inventory of three cars. All drivers were aboard Mazda3s. even the before Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes-Benz a comfortable win at Albert Park, there was talk that the marque’s new Power unit could have as much as 900 horsepower. While MercedesGP Chairman Niki Lauda insisted recently that the PU’s turbocharged V8 motor produced “about 580” horses, which would give the Unit a total of 740 once the ERS systems are deployed, German magazine Bild suggested last week that the number was 740 without the ERS. That would mean that the engine has 900 in total – and potentially daunting number for Ferrari and Renault to deal with so early in the new technical era. Bild also quoted Red Bull Racing’s Dr Helmut Marko, who was coy on the actual numbers but who had no doubt whether the engines in the back of the silver cars had more power than his cars’ Renaults. “For sure the engine has more power than they are saying,” he said on Saturday. “We tried some new software [on Sebastian Vettel’s car] but it did not work. Mercedes is having no problems with the engine and has power in excess. They are able to do a strategic race.” The Mercs appear to be quite fuel efficient as well. One report pre-race was that the drivers would need only three laps behind the Safety Car to ensure that the cars could get home within the engine’s fuel range. DOES BENZ HAvE 900 HORSES? 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: