F1 Fast Facts: Australian Grand Prix

Source: GrandPrix.com.au

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?