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Brand new Formula One season and a new format for the inaugural press conference of the Melbourne weekend for Australian Grand Prix.

Thursday, March 23, 1500 hours local time (0400 GMT)

Part 1: Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

Part 2: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Williams), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Lance Stroll (Williams)

Friday, March 24, 1800 hours local time (0700 GMT)

Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Eric Boullier (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Paddy Lowe (Williams), Toto Wolff (Mercedes)

The qualifying and post-race conferences with the top three drivers will take place immediately after the respective sessions.

*The Thursday Drivers’ Press Conference will be divided into two sections.

The first part of the print media conference (approx. 25 mins) in the FIA Press Conference room, will bedevoted to the four drivers nominated in Part 1 at the top of the above list. During this part of the conference, the drivers nominated in Part 2 of the Thursday Press Conference list will be available in the TV pen for broadcast media.

After 25 minutes, the drivers will be accompanied by the FIA to make their way from the TV pen to the press conference room for the second part of the print media press conference. At this juncture the first drivers will make their way to the TV pen for interview by broadcast media.

All Press Conferences will take place in the Press Conference Room of the Media Centre.

The TV pen for Thursday and Friday press conferences will be located along Melbourne Walk (between the car park and paddock entrance) adjacent to The Lounge. Drivers / Team Personnel will be placed on the road, while media will be positioned on the grass, shooting towards the crowd on the other side.

Qualifying and post-race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews and the podium ceremony, which will be broadcast in the Media Centre and the Press Conference Room. For
Saturday and Sunday, the TV pen will be located in its normal position inside the paddock, near the entrance

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