With a record 21-races ahead, a brand new team on the grid, a new qualifying format, new tyres and drivers, the pinnacle of motorracing starts into the 2016 season at the opening race in Melbourne, Australia, the 2016 FORMULA ONE™ ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX™.


We wish everyone a great start to the season, including our friends from SUTTON IMAGES, whose exciting and cool photos we are already looking forward to.

Having a look at this empty Melbourne podium makes us wonder, who will be the winner this year.


Last year, celebrity interviewer Arnold Schwarzenegger joined winning Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his team mate, second placed Nico Rosberg on stage much to the delight of ten thousands excited fans. We hear Arnie   is expected to be back on the podium on Sunday and look forward to seeing it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger joined winning Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his team mate last year

Our Neuschwansteiner will soon be available as well in Australia! We are happy that our first bottle already made it there to the Grand Prix™. We can tell you already, there have been competitions down under for that bottle.


So we took it to the beach for a nice break after all the racing preparation action to watch the sunset session by Melbourne’s cool kiteboarders from Kite republic.

Useful information:

The 2016 F1™ calendar

20 March Melbourne, Australia
3 April Bahrain
17 April Shanghai, China
1 May Sochi, Russia
15 May Barcelona, Spain
29 May Monte Carlo, Monaco
12 June Montreal, Canada
19 June Baku, Azerbaijan
3 July Spielberg, Austria
10 July Silverstone, United Kingdom
24 July Budapest, Hungary
31 July Hockenheim, Germany
28 August Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.