PREVIEW – Australian Grand Prix

Features

Melbourne once again hosts the season opener around a lake in Albert Park. The circuit was built originally in the 1950’s and combines fast flowing corners and straights. It first held the race as a non-championship race in 1953.

The race provides drama throughout with many débutee on the grid and many teams running a full race distance in Melbourne for the first time. As we seen over the years the race can be unpredictable with many retirements but all will become clear through the weekend.

It is believed that Mercedes are still in front but Ferrari are a lot closer which could make the racing closer. But answers will come this weekend and the pecking order will emerge going into Bahrain.

 

Facts and figures

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Race 2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Venue Albert Park, Melbourne
Circuit Length 5.303 KM (3.295 mi)
Laps 58
Race Distance 307.574KM (191.071 mi)
Lap Record 1:24.125 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Most wins drivers Lex Davison (4)
Michael Schumacher (4)
Most wins manufacture McLaren (12)

 

Event timetable

  Local GMT
Friday
P1 12:30-14:00 01:30-03:00
P2 16:30-18:00 05:30-07:00
Saturday
P3 14:00-15:00 03:00-04:00
Qualifying  17:00-18:00 06:00-07:00
Sunday
Race 16:00-18:00 05:00-07:00

 

What happened in 2015?

Lewis Hamilton drove through the drama after jumping his team-mate at the start. But then the safety car came out onto track which Hamilton recovered from. By the seventh lap a over third of the field had retired.

While Max Verstappen sunning debut was ended by a failure on his car and Kimi Raikkonen was forced out by the team not fitting tyres properly. But Verstappens team-mate Carlos Sainz had a strong finish while Red Bull struggled to be in the top half of the field

Full Race Report Full Result

 

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:29.557 01:27.697 01:27.867 01:28.586 01:26.894 01:49.834 01:30:54.067 01:30.945
2014 01:31.840 01:29.625 01:29.375 01:30.775 01:45.264 01:44.231 01:32:58.710 01:32.478

 

Dry tyres picks

Driver Ultra soft Super soft Soft Medium Hard (prime)
HAMILTON N/A 6 6 1 N/A
ROSBERG N/A 6 5 2 N/A
VETTEL N/A 6 5 2 N/A
RAIKKONEN N/A 7 5 2 N/A
BOTTAS N/A 7 5 1 N/A
MASSA N/A 7 5 1 N/A
RICCARDO N/A 7 4 2 N/A
KYVAT N/A 7 4 2 N/A
MAGNUSSEN N/A 7 5 1 N/A
PLAMER N/A 7 5 1 N/A
HULKENBERG N/A 6 5 2 N/A
PEREZ N/A 6 5 2 N/A
VERSTAPPEN N/A 7 4 2 N/A
SAINZ N/A 7 4 2 N/A
BUTTON N/A 7 5 1 N/A
ALONSO N/A 7 5 1 N/A
ERICSSON N/A 6 6 1 N/A
NASR N/A 6 5 2 N/A
WEHRLIN N/A 5 4 4 N/A
HARYNATO N/A 5 4 4 N/A
GROSJEAN N/A 7 5 1 N/A
GUTIERREZ N/A 7 4 2 N/A

 

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