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Preview: AGP 2015

Jamie Whincup – Car #1

“The Australian Grand Prix is always an important round for us. All the gurus from our major Team Partners will be there, so we like to put on a good show. It’s a world class circuit, which we enjoy driving around and it’s also nice to check out the F1 as well. I’m a bit disappointed Fernando Alonso won’t be there, but I wish him a speedy recovery. Clearly we didn’t have the quickest car on Sunday of Adelaide, so we’ll be hoping to improve the car for the Grand Prix from the performance at our last outing. I’m a bit biased, I grew up in Melbourne, it’s my second home, so it’s great to see the family and enjoy one of the best weekends on the calendar. It’s generally really enjoyable with a lot going on off track as well, so it’s one of the most enjoyable weekends of the year.”

Craig Lowndes – Car #888

“I’m looking forward to the event. It’s obviously another great opportunity to hit the track. The Australia Grand Prix is always an exciting weekend. We get an opportunity to showcase V8 Supercars in front of a huge crowd. This year with the telecasting rights change, I think that Ten and Fox Sports did a wonderful job at Clipsal and I think that will continue for the Melbourne Grand Prix. Obviously for us through Red Bull connections we have a great opportunity to see where the Formula 1 team’s at and rub shoulders with some great people.”

 

After a below-par showing at the seasoning opening Clipsal 500, Red Bull Racing Australia is looking to go up a gear at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. The debriefs have been long and the Red Bull consumption has been high, but the team is confident that we’ll be able to bounce back from a sluggish start.

With one qualifying session, four 12 lap races and double-file rolling starts for each one, the action at Albert Park is always a scrappy fight to the finish as every driver puts their foot flat to the floor in an effort to clock up the most points across the week and be crowned the overall winner.

You’ll also be able to catch the Red Bull Racing Australia ride car in action in the Ultimate Speed Comparison when its grunt will be tested alongside a two-seater Formula 1 car and a Mercedes-Benz AMG.

 

Australian Grand Prix – Albert Park Circuit

Circuit length: 5.303km

Circuit direction: clockwise

Average speed: 164km/h

Maximum speed: 265km/h

Fastest point: Front Straight

Slowest point: Turn 15

 

2014

JW CL
Qualifying 4th 6th
Race 1 2nd 7th
Race 2 7th 2nd
Race 3 7th 3rd
Race 4 DNF 2nd
Overall 11th 2nd

 

 

Championship standings

1st – James Courtney, 258 points

2nd – Fabian Coulthard, 241 points

3rd – Garth Tander, 237 points

4th – Shane Van Gisbergen, 222 points

5th – Jamie Whincup, 216 points

6th – Craig Lowndes, 208 points

 

1st – HRT, 495 points

2nd – RBRA, 424 points

3rd – BJR, 402 points

4th – Jack Daniels, 320 points

5th – Pepsi Max Crew, 271 points