Adelaide 10 - 12 November '95 The 17th and final round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship will see the competitors invade the streets of Adelaide for the very last time, as...
Adelaide 10 - 12 November '95
The 17th and final round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship will see the competitors invade the streets of Adelaide for the very last time, as the Australian Grand Prix moves to Melbourne in 1996. With both Drivers and Constructors titles now clinched, "The Grand Finale", as the organisers call it, will provide many teams with the opportunity to celebrate yet another great season of motor racing, before they take a well-deserved break from their nomadic life until next March.
For some teams however, including Marlboro McLaren Mercedes, much will be at stake on Sunday afternoon and the partying will have to wait a bit longer. Securing the team's position among the top four Formula One Constructors will be Mika Hakkinen and Mark Blundell's main objective for this race. On the strength of their Suzuka performances and of Martin Brundle's third place in 1994, there is optimism among the troops that the necessary tally of points can be gathered.
The twisty 3.778km-long circuit, which has hosted the Grand Prix since 1985, presents contracting and challenging features for both drivers and their engineers; half a street section and half a purpose built track running through parkland, it combines low speed corners with a long fast straight, and a finely tuned downforce level will be needed to get the optimum performance from the car in each section. For this race, Marlboro McLaren Mercedes will again be running the upgraded version of the Mercedes F0110 V10 engine, which was successfully used at Suzuka.
Finally, the Australian Grand Prix will represent Mark Blundell's last race for Marlboro McLaren Mercedes, and the team will bid an emotional farewell to a driver who has endeared himself to all with his determination, courage and good humour in all circumstances. A rostrum finish on his final outing would be seen by many as just a reward for his contribution to the team's efforts throughout the season - and no doubt he will, as always, thrive to achieve just that.