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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