Pleasant autumnal sunshine streamed through the windows of Melbourne’s Republica, where the Mercedes team made convivial conversation with journalists after months of off-season separation. A new Formula One season was dawning.

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Sunday, 13 December, will henceforth be known as ‘Rust Day’ in commemoration of the day we finally stalked Greg Rust. This is the one-on-one interview I got with him at Perth Speed Fest. Ten points to Rob James for his camera work.

Saturday, 4 October 2014. Japan’s fourth-tier Super FJ series is buzzing around the Suzuka Circuit in its first qualifying session of the weekend, but few in F1 circles are paying attention, instead fixating themselves on the racing implications of the impending Typhoon Phanfone.

At 9:52AM, away from the predictability of another Formula One qualifying day, a purple-clad member Red Bull Racing media team clicks ‘send’ on an unscheduled press release. With every ping in the inbox of an F1 journalist, the serenity of the morning turns increasingly tempestuous, because the email, headed in all caps, opened with a devastating lead sentence: “Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2014 season”.Read on The Roar

Michael is The Roar‘s expert F1 columnist.