The Australian Grand Prix is one of the most historic racing competitions in Australia. Despite having moved frequently – a total of 23 different times – the Australian GP remains a staple in Formula One.
This race, typically held early in the season, is scheduled to be a part of F1 until at least 2035. As of 2022, Michael Schumacher holds the modern record with four wins in this course – all in Albert Park.
- Course: Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
- Location: Albert Park, Australian
- Course Length: 3.280 miles (5.278 kilometers)
- Distance: 58 laps, 190.216 miles (306.124 kilometers)
- Date: Thursday 30 March – 01 April
The Albert Park Circuit is one of the bumpier Formula One tracks though it has recently undergone a resurfacing for the 2022 season. Despite the bumpiness, Lewis Hamilton managed to clock in a pole lap at an average of over 146 miles per hour.
The course encloses a man-altered lake that used to be a large lagoon as part of the ancient Yarra River course. The track is not an easy one to use for overtaking. We saw what happened with Ralf Schumacher back in 2002. But it also contributes to the parity on this course as only two drivers, Vettel and Jensen Button, have won consecutive races here.
As such, bettors looking to play the chalk on this grand prix should do so cautiously. As of 2022, Max Verstappen himself has not won here.
Finally, the track changed the COVID-19 pandemic. The most notable was a modification of turns 9-10 from a heavy right-left corner to a fast-sweeping right-left corner into turns 11 and 12. More modifications are expected on the course.
Top 5 Results: TBD
Current F1 Standings- 2023 Season
|Free Practice 1||Friday 8 Apr 2022||Carlos Sainz|
|Free Practice 2||Friday 8 Apr 2022||Charles Leclerc|
|Free Practice 3||Saturday 9 Apr 2022||Lando Norris|
|Qualifying||Saturday 9 Apr 2022||Charles Leclerc|
|Race||Sunday 10 Apr 2022||Charles Leclerc|
History of the Australian Grand Prix
The Australian GP has been around since 1928 though it did not become a part of F1 until 1985. Lex Davison won the most races, winning four times in eight years.
During these 57 years before being a Formula 1 grand prix, the Australian Grand Prix was held in a new location almost every year. It started in Philip Island until it moved to Victor Harbor in 1937 after a year off. Then it kept switching locations until Calder in 1980.
When it became a part of F1, the Australian GP was held in Adelaide for a decade. Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna began making a name for himself in this course. Driving for Lotus in 1985, the young Senna outclassed everyone during qualifying as his lowly Lotus bested the likes of Williams, McLaren and Ferrari by a wide margin. Though he did not win the subsequent race, he would win the next one in 1986.
In 1996, the Australian GP moved to Albert Park for good. Damon Hill won the first F1 race here as the season opener. He started the season first in the F1 standings, a spot he would not concede as he won the championship by a margin of 21 points.
And while McLaren dominated in the early editions of the Australian GP, it would be Ferrari that would go on to hold the record for most wins with 13. This is mostly thanks to Michael Schumacher who won four races. Sebastian Vettel won a pair with the constructor in the late 2010s and Charles Leclerc most recently won in 2022.
Speaking of Schumacher, his brother, Ralf, owns perhaps the most memorable moment on the course. But it wasn’t because he won. The Williams BMW driver launched his car into the air after ramming Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello in the first lap’s first corner in 2002. Eight cars were caught in this accident and a total of 14 drivers retired from this race altogether.