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Photos: Tech takes centre stage at Formula 1

Action snaps before last weekend's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix kicked off in Melbourne's Albert Park.
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By Munir Kotadia, Contributor on
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Nico Rosberg tries to convince journalists in Sydney that he is most certainly not a nerd.

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AT&T Williams mechanics make final adjustments before the car is set loose onto the track.

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Each day during the race weekend, the pit area is opened to a few hundred lucky guests for a short time.

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This Red Bull mechanic seems to be using Gaffer tape to fix something under the car.

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The BMW Sauber team stack up their spare body parts. Note, they are one of the few teams to use Intel-based machines. The majority, including Ferrari, opt for AMD.

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A pre-race peek inside BMW Sauber's pit.

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Ferrari's red never fails to catch the eye. Race winner Kimi Raikkonen will be pleased the mechanics managed to put his car together in time.

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These massive tyres are designed to disperse 10 litres of water per second. At top speed, they rotate around 50 times per second.

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A long line of screens on the pit wall allow organisers to keep a close eye on the race proceedings.

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AT&T Williams mechanics make some space in the pit for another car.

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Nico Rosberg finishes a photoshoot with journalists -- just behind the AT&T Williams pit area.

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Inside the AT&T Williams pits they fit electric doonas on all their tyres.

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An AT&T spokesperson explains that the doonas ensure that tyres remain at their optimum racing temperature before being fitted onto a cars.

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David Coulthard, before the race in which his optimistic manoeuvre not only knocked him and AT&T Williams' Wurz out of the race, proved to many F1 fans that Red Bull does actually give you wings.

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This is about as close as most race goers will be able to get to the F1 Paddock Club's corporate hospitality tents.

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Melbourne's Albert Park catches F1 fever.

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These vehicles didn't quite make it through qualifying this year.

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