The Australian Grand Prix was supposed to kick off the 2020 Formula One Season. However, as we now know, the race down under was called off before it could really take off. The Pandemic meant a delayed start to the F1 season, with Albert Park unfortunately missing out on the 2020 calendar.
Lewis Hamilton heads into the new season as a six-time world champion.
The Albert Park Circuit was first used back in 1953, and Doug Whiteford took the win. However, it was a non-championship race, and the Australian Grand Prix was not integrated until 1985 in Adelaide. Williams driver Keke Rosberg became the first Australian Grand Prix winner in the F1 championship.
The first F1 championship winner at Albert Park was Damon Hill in 1996, again for Williams F1. Since then, Formula One has been a regular visitor in Melbourne. It is also worth mentioning that the Albert Park circuit has been the season-opening race, 21 times out of 24 races.
|Michael Schumacher||Germany||2000, 2001, 2002, 2004|
|Alain Prost||France||1982, 1986, 1988|
|Jenson Button||United Kingdom||2009, 2010, 2012|
|Sebastian Vettel||Germany||2011, 2017, 2018|
|Gerhard Berger||Austria||1987, 1992|
|Ayrton Senna||Brazil||1991, 1993|
|Damon Hill||United Kingdom||1995, 1996|
|David Coulthard||United Kingdom||1997, 2003|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Finland||2007, 2013|
|Lewis Hamilton||United Kingdom||2008, 2015|
|Nico Rosberg||Germany||2014, 2016|
Most Constructor’s Winners
|Ferrari||1987, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2017, 2018|
|McLaren||1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012|
|Williams||1985, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996|
|Mercedes||2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
Australian Grand Prix Circuit Details
The circuit implements parts of the public roads surrounding the Albert Park Lake. The road sections were rebuilt ahead of the 1996 race to ensure consistency and smoothness. This is where the Albert Park circuit differs from other street-going circuits.
The track itself appears fast and relatively easy to drive. The drivers even praised the circuit for being easy to learn and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking.
Each year, most of the motorsport infrastructure is constructed two months ahead to the Grand Prix weekend. Following that, they are removed within 6 weeks.
Land around the circuit has restricted access during that entire period. However, there usually is some amount of dissent from local residents. Nevertheless, the event is reasonably popular in Melbourne and Australia.
Where to watch the Australian Grand Prix
Sadly, there won’t be an Australian Grand Prix this season due to aforementioned reasons.
Australian Grand Prix Tickets
Tickets are mostly available on the official Formula One website.
|FP1||Friday, 13 March||6:30-8:00|
|FP2||Friday, 13 March||10:30-12:00|
|FP3||Saturday, 14 March||8:30-9:30|
|Qualifying||Saturday, 14 March||11:30-12:30|
|Race||Sunday, 15 March||10:40-12:40|