NICO ROSBERG TRIED to check into his room at Melbourne's Crown Casino this week only to find that it wasn't ready.
So he took about $100 to the casino and won $800 playing poker.
Earlier, the Mercedes driver had expressed reservations about Sunday's 5pm 'twilight' race start time, after the 2009 event finished with the low sun in drivers' eyes.
Reigning world champion Jenson Button agreed that the situation, also with long and dark shadows across the track, is potentially "dangerous".
But Force India's Tonio Liuzzi, who was in Melbourne last year but not actually racing, said on Tuesday: "It wasn't a real problem -- there was just one corner where the sun was very low and it was maybe a bit harder to see but everywhere else it was ok."
For a sponsor promotional event, Button got a taste of Australia's premier V8 Supercar series for a few laps at Albert Park on Tuesday, and afterwards did not rule out a future Down Under.
"If the possibility arose in the future it would be very exciting," said the McLaren driver.
Button, 30, also did not rule out finishing this weekend on the podium, but with rival team Mercedes playing down its chances, teammate Lewis Hamilton agrees that the McLarens will probably be behind the pace set by Red Bull and Ferrari.
"It's a battle between us and Mercedes to see who can step up and improve faster and do a better job," said Hamilton, who on Monday was in Los Angeles to watch his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger dance on the US television show Dancing With The Stars.
Button's car swap with local star Jamie Whincup aside, there has been some F1 track action between Bahrain and Australia, including Ferrari youngsters Mirko Bortolotti, Daniel Zampieri and Jules Bianchi at the wheel of a two-year-old F2008 at Fiorano.
And Renault testers Jerome d'Ambrosio and Jan Charouz were in a 2010-liveried R29 (2009 car) for a short test at Silverstone.
The fallout of the much-derided 'Bore-rain' season opener has also continued this week, with former Minardi boss Paul Stoddart saying in Melbourne that F1's authorities should quickly "fix it up".
But Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, having watched his drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finish first and second in Bahrain, does not agree.
"I would be perfectly happy with that (new formula) if it means the Scuderia will finish first and second in every race!" he joked.
Along with McLaren, Mercedes and Renault, it has emerged that Force India will also field a revised diffuser in Melbourne, following the FIA's post-Bahrain rule clarification about the size of engine starter holes.
The Silverstone based team confirmed that Adrian Sutil will sit out Friday morning practice in Melbourne in deference to reserve driver Paul di Resta, but boss Vijay Mallya insists both Sutil and teammate Tonio Liuzzi are "very supportive" of the initiative to support the rookie Scot.
Full time DTM driver di Resta, 23, said: "I'm not going to come out and try and set fastest times -- it's about feeding my information back into the race schedule, helping the team and learning as much as I can."
HRT's Karun Chandhok is just hoping for more than a handful of laps this weekend, which is all he got throughout his grand prix debut in Bahrain.
"I knew my F1 debut was going to be tough," said the Indian, "but never realised it would be so tough."
F1's new teams have copped a lot of criticism lately, but Lotus technical boss Mike Gascoyne's message couldn't be clearer, as he insisted "we're here, we're racing ... f**k you!" in the pages of the online GPWeek.
Meanwhile, spokesmen for Mercedes and Deutsche Post responded cautiously to reports the German company is set to sponsor the German formula one team.
After Cologne's Express newspaper reported Norbert Haug meeting this week with Deutsche Post/DHL officials, the Mercedes spokesman said: "Mr Haug is always visiting (someone). If there is something to announce, we will."
The Deutsche Post spokesman added: "We do not comment on rumours."
More F1 Fan Survey Results Released
MORE RESULTS OF THE latest formula one fan survey have now emerged.
The survey was launched in early February with the backing of Formula One Management and the teams association FOTA, and nearly 90,000 fans from 174 countries took part.
The organisers said the results will be "used by FOTA to help it decide what changes need to be made to make F1 better for fans".
Earlier this week we reported that although full results have not yet been published, Michael Schumacher had been named the best-known F1 driver with 19.5 per cent of the vote.
Behind the famous German was Fernando Alonso (9.7pc), with his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa (6.1pc) curiously trailing the rally-departed Finn Kimi Raikkonen (7.2pc).
More leaks of the results, in the respectively Italian and Spanish sports newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport and Marca, showed that Ferrari is the most popular team.
More than 30 per cent voted for the Maranello based team, ahead of McLaren (19.1pc) and Mercedes (10.1pc).
45pc of the fans said F1's new points system, with points now awarded down to tenth place and a greater proportion to the winner, is a good idea, with only 14pc saying they don't like it.
More than half the fans said classic races like Monaco, Monza, Spa, Silverstone and Germany are crucial to F1, 65pc want the grands prix filmed in high-definition, and 53pc want to be able to watch live on the internet.
KERS, although banned by the teams alliance FOTA, received a vote of confidence with 43pc saying they would like to see the energy recovery technology return to the grid, and 22pc agreeing it should not have been an optional innovation.
Nearly 67pc said F1 must remain the pinnacle of motor sport technology.