Force India drivers take to the tennis court in Melbourne

Force India drivers meet up with Australian star player Sam Groth for a tennis masterclass.

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Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon tried their hand at tennis as Australian star Sam Groth joined them at Melbourne Park, the venue of the Australian Open.

Groth, holder of the record for the fastest serve in history at 263.4km/h, helped Sergio and Esteban hone their skills as the two took part in some rallies ahead of the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The Australian Grand Prix also brings with it new dawn in car design, with the controversial Halo device having its first competitive run out in Albert Park.

With new owners Liberty Media also in charge, F1’s hierarchy will be hoping the Aussies can serve up plenty of razzmatazz and audience engagement. Thousands of fans and a buzzing atmosphere is something Australia has never struggled with. Tumbleweed blowing through an empty grandstand could come later in the season.

A lack of mental sharpness mixed with unpredictable weather also brings together a challenging experience for the drivers, and excitement for the crowds.

The locals here have a saying: “you’re only a true Melbournian when you’ve used an umbrella, scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen and thongs (or flip flops to us Brits) – on the same day.”

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