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Drama on, off track as season set to go

Updated: March 27, 2009, 5:24 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- On the flight from Sydney to Melbourne, one can see hundreds of acres of landscape scorched by the bush fires that devastated vast areas of the Australian state of Victoria last month.

Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber toured the St. Andrews and Kinglake areas, which had been particularly hard hit, prior to this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

"It was unbelievable," Webber told ESPN.com. "I have seen a lot of bush fires in the ...

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