Alex Palmer Writes...
For a non-race day, it certainly has been eventful - and not all the action has been on track at Albert Park. For starters, Giedovan der Guarde has been successful in having Sauber's appeal overturned (they didn't like the judge last time saying he should be racing, this lot of judges agreed). Whatever vdGuarde's motives, unless he can get a super licence by the time FP1 starts he can't get in the car anyway.. Seems Sauber now have three contracted drivers who all think they should be driving tomorrow, although vdGuarde is also taking action against Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn along the lines of "if I can't drive, then no-one drivers". Tip for the punters out there, if you had Sauber in your end of season picks you might like to go for another team......

Then there has been the Marussia Manor news. I can confirm that they were building cars and pit booms around 9am local this morning, although the garage did still say Marussia (right driver names though!). Some late speculation that they just need to pass scruitineering (going on right now) and they will collect their prize money from last season even if they don't actually start the race.

Also it seems McLaren didn't want to play today, during the pit walk they had the shutters down and no team or cars in view. As a McLaren fan (yes folks, despite buying a few different team shirts as options in Austin last year I have decided to stick with Honda McLaren) I do hope they are competitive and we don't see a repeat of the gremlin that has laid Alonso low.

If you are on Twitter, don't forget to follow @f1infocentre for all the latest from the track over the weekend!

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5