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Top 3 - race 2022

Top 3 - qualification 2022

Stats

First race 1985
Laps 58
Circuit length 5.279 kilometres
Lap record 1:24.125 (2004)
Winner 2019 Valtteri Bottas
Second in 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Third in 2019 Max Verstappen

Winners

Winner 2019 Valtteri Bottas
Winner 2018 Sebastian Vettel
Winner 2017 Sebastian Vettel
Winner 2016 Nico Rosberg
Winner 2015 Lewis Hamilton

After being cancelled for two consecutive years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Grand Prix has returned to the calendar for the 2022 F1 season, with the event again being held at Albert Park in Melbourne.

F1 Australian Grand Prix 2022

The temporary 5.303km Albert Park semi-street circuit provides a stern challenge for drivers who are forced to navigate bumps and cope with the ever-changing grip levels as the track rubbers in.

It is also one of the faster layouts on the calendar, with Lewis Hamilton's 2018 pole lap set at an average of over 235km/h.

Ahead of the 2022 event, changes have been made to the track, with upgrades to several corners meaning that the new layout comes in some 23 metres shorter than its predecessor. There will also be 14 turns, rather than 16.

History

Despite some protests, the deal to move the Australian Grand Prix to Albert Park was finalised in 1993, with the circuit comprising a mixture of existing public roads as well as a car park.

The first race in 1996 is remembered for an infamous incident on the opening lap, in which Martin Brundle was vaulted into the air in his Jordan after colliding with Sauber’s Johnny Herbert.

Damon Hill was the winner of the event, whilst other victors at the track have included Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

Unsurprisingly, the race is one that Mercedes have dominated in recent times, winning four of the last six and setting the tone for the season ahead.

Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the Albert Park track, though, having won the event on four occasions, and the German also holds the lap record.

Schumacher achieved all of his wins at the venue with Ferrari, and the Scuderia are the constructor with the most success at the circuit, with eight victories to their name.

The 2019 Australian Grand Prix

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the 2020 and 2021 Australian Grands Prix both had to be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last F1 race to be held there was in 2019, where Valtteri Bottas started from second on the grid but grabbed the lead off the line. From there, he never looked back, and eventually won by more than 20 seconds from teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen rounded out the top three for his first podium finish in Australia.

When is the 2022 Australian Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Australian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 8-10 April, and is provisionally set to be the third race of the Formula 1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on 8 April, with qualifying on Saturday 9 April at 07:00 GMT.

What time does the 2022 Australian Grand Prix start?

The Australian Grand Prix starts on Sunday 10 April at 06:00 GMT. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365's blog and watched on F1 TV.

F1 Australian GP 2022 Schedule

Session Date Time (GMT)
Free Practice 1 Friday 8 April 04:00 - 05:00
Free Practice 2 Friday 8 April 07:00 - 08:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 9 April 04:00 - 05:00
Qualifying Saturday 9 April 07:00 - 08:00
Race Sunday 10 April 06:00
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