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Formula 1: Australian Grand Prix
From: 2014.03.16 To: 2014.03.18
Hotter than a bouncing roo on a barbie, the Australian Grand Prix has been thrown into the limelight more than once for its spectacular accidents, the first being on the first lap of the first day in the 1996 races, the second in 2001 and the third, by far the worst in 2002, which saw the elimination of 11 of the 22 cars before the end of the first lap. High speed, high performance and high adrenaline is what you can expect from Formula One. The "formula" refers to restrictions and rules placed by race officials and teams, but don't worry, these machines still reach race speeds reach 360 km/h (220 mph) with engines revving up to 18,000 RPMs and the cars are capable of pulling in excess of 5 G-force through the curves. With this kind of performance it is no surprise F1 is the world's most expensive sport. Race weekends are a spectacle even if you are not an automotive afficionado. Typically the first day is reserved for pit tours and inspecting the machines, the next day is for time trials, and race day is usually on Sundays. Sitting in the audience you'll feel your seat rattle as the cars wizz by and you'll be envied by the nearly 55 million fans watching the race on television.