Formula 1 lovers will finally find what they are looking for: the new season starts on 15 March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Formula 1 race on the street circuit around Albert Park Lake, and Croatian fans of the biggest octane circus can watch it live on MAXtv-u, on the new Arenasport 5 channel within the Sports Plus package.
The Constructors' World Champion title will be defended by Mercedes, which secured the title last season by winning 16 out of 19 races. This year again, Mercedes is regarded as the biggest favorite, which was also confirmed by the latest pre-season testings in Barcelona. The new Mercedes W06 hybrid car will again be steered by World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Vice Champion Nico Rosberg. The Barcelona testings showed that Mercedes' biggest competitors should be Williams and Ferrari.
The local audience in Melbourne hopes to see a good appearance of their big star Daniel Ricciardo, the Red Bull driver who took third place in last year's Drivers' Championship. The season-opening race will be skipped by ex World Champion Fernando Alonso, presently a McLaren driver, who is still recovering from a concussion sustained after going off the track in testing in Barcelona on 22.
The Melbourne race will start on 16:00 h local time, which is six o'clock in the morning on 15 March in Croatia. After Melbourne, we will see the Grand Prix of Malaysia on 29 March and the Grand Prix of China on 12 April.
This season, Arenasport 5 will bring spectacular broadcasts of Formula 1 trainings, qualifications and races, with expert comments delivered by Ivica Blažičko, Neven Novak and numerous guests from the world of motorsport. In addition to the Formula 1 broadcasts, the Arenasport 5 channel will offer its viewers other exciting international motorsport events, such as GP 2 and GP 3, all in SD and HD resolution.
Users of the MAXtv To Go Sports Plus package can enjoy attractive motorsport competitions on as many as three screens– on the tablet, computer and TV set. Particular races will also be available individually, in the Pay-Per-Day service.