Ahead of the season-opener in Albert Park, Melbourne on Sunday, let’s look at all the facts and statistics you’ll ever need as we move in to a new era of Formula 1, starting with the Australian Grand Prix.
Number of Laps: 58
Circuit Length: 5.303km/3.295miles
Number of Corners: 16
Local Start Time: 16.00
Race Distance: 307.574km/191.118miles
Chances of Safety Car: 12 of the last 17 races had 1 or more SC deployments (2 in 2016)
Race Lap Record: 1:24.125 (Michael Schumacher – Ferrari) set in 2004
Qualifying Lap Record: 1:23.529 (Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull) set during Q3 in 2011
Pirelli Tyre Compounds made available for Australia:
SOFT (Yellow sidewall) – Less grip, low tyre degradation (used for longer race stints)
SUPERSOFT (Red sidewall) – More grip, medium tyre degradation (used for shorter race stints and earlier rounds of qualifying)
ULTRASOFT (Purple sidewall) – Highest grip available, high tyre degradation (used for qualifying and short, tactical race stints)
Barcelona Pre-Season Testing (Best Times)
Raikkonen Ferrari SUPERSOFT 01:18,634 DAY 8
Vettel Ferrari ULTRASOFT 01:19,024 DAY 7
Bottas Mercedes SUPERSOFT 01:19,310 DAY 6
Hamilton Mercedes ULTRASOFT 01:19,352 DAY 7
Massa Williams ULTRASOFT 01:19,420 DAY 6
Verstappen Red Bull SUPERSOFT 01:19,438 DAY 8
Sainz J Toro Rosso ULTRASOFT 01:19,837 DAY 8
Hulkenberg Renault ULTRASOFT 01:19,885 DAY 8
Ricciardo Red Bull ULTRASOFT 01:19,900 DAY 5
Perez Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,116 DAY 8
Ocon Force India ULTRASOFT 01:20,161 DAY 7
Palmer Renault ULTRASOFT 01:20,205 DAY 8
Stroll Williams SOFT 01:20,335 DAY 8
Kvyat Toro Rosso SUPERSOFT 01:20,416 DAY 7
Magnussen Haas ULTRASOFT 01:20,504 DAY 7
Grosjean Haas ULTRASOFT 01:21,110 DAY 8
Vandoorne McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,348 DAY 7
Alonso McLaren ULTRASOFT 01:21,389 DAY 8
Ericsson Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:21,670 DAY 8
Wehrlein Sauber ULTRASOFT 01:22,347 DAY 7
Things you might not know about this weekend’s race…
- This could be a record-breaking weekend for Lewis Hamilton. Should Lewis take pole position he would equal Michael Schumacher’s record of six pole positions in Australia.
- Should Hamilton then go on to win in Melbourne, it will match his best winning streak of five race wins in a row.
- In doing so, or even if he only makes the top 3, he will move ahead of Schumacher for the most podiums at the Australian Grand Prix.
- Hamilton has also won more points (110) than any other driver at the Australian Grand Prix.
- No driver has recorded more fastest laps at the Australian Grand Prix than Kimi Raikkonen (5).
- Fernando Alonso (71) and Sebastian Vettel (27) are both on the longest runs of their careers without a race win.
- An Australian has never finished on the podium at their home Grand Prix. Can Daniel Ricciardo be the man to break this unfortunate record?