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News briefs from Melbourne: Sunday
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso refused to clear up a little formula one mystery on Sunday morning at Albert Park.

Is the reigning world champion married or not?  Faced with the question in the paddock, the 25-year-old Spaniard grinned slightly and kept walking.


Spyker's protest on Saturday against Super Aguri at Albert Park was thrown out by the stewards on a technicality; it was lodged too late.  According to sources in the Melbourne paddock, the FIA representatives did not even look at a plethora of photographic evidence compiled by Spyker chief Colin Kolles aimed at proving that the SA07 is a direct copy of last year's Honda.

He is tipped to try again in Malaysia in three weeks.


Between 80,000 and 100,000 spectators are expected at Albert Park on Sunday.  76,000 attended on Saturday.


Former triple world champion Niki Lauda says he would love to be a formula one driver in today's era.  "Of course," the great Austrian smiled in Australia.

"Compared to my day, you hardly drive and earn a mountain of money -- and I wouldn't have nearly burned myself to death in these cars!"

Gerhard Berger disagreed: "I wouldn't change anything.  The best time for me was the 80s -- turbos and more than 1000hp.  Now, it's traction control and power steering ..."

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