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Albert Park Circuit layout & records

Albert Park Circuit Details
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Race: Australian Grand Prix
Used Since: 1996
Type: Street Cricuit
 Lap Dist.: 5.303 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:24,125 min
Date: 7 April 2004
F1 Driver: Michael Schumacher
F1 Car: Ferrari F2004
Speed: 226,934 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:23,529 min
Date: 26 March 2011
F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car: Red Bull RB7 Renault
Speed: 228,553 km/h
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Albert Park – Australia

The Australian grands-prix is the perfect setting for the first race of a new F1 season. Months of anticipation finally finishes when the five red lights blink out at Melbourne’s gentle street circuit and the action frantically begins.

There is a list of certain criteria that we need for the first race, this includes: drama, a scrambled grid from qualifying, a first corner incident and some rain for good measure. This is what Melbourne provides every year. Australia is synonymous with good sport and rarely do they ever let F1 down. It’s always a cracker.

The temporary circuit has been used since 1996, when it replaced Adelaide as Australia’s host. It surrounds the Albert Park Lake and offers a picturesque setting with its low trees and high sun. This has been further enhanced since the race finishes in the early evening and the sun shines a bright orange before setting. It is the pristine metaphor for what Formula One is about

The circuit itself isn’t too taxing and it’s a fairly relaxing place to start the year. There are very few demanding corners and the track isn’t overly technical. As it is a temporary venue the tyres can take a long time to break in and the slippery nature is often to the drivers suiting. All this makes Albert Park Circuit is one of the most popular venues on the calendar.

In an era of rich countries preparing state-of-the-art circuits, let’s hope that Albert Park remains key to the calendar. It has become a real relic and offers a refreshing nostalgic feel to the sport. When the cars race around Melbourne, it’s as if the sport has returned to its roots. Winding, bumpy and slippery roads set around a stunning location in a country that has a long history in motor sport.

Australia, like no other track, holds an unrivalled sense of optimism. This is why it’s special. Everyone thinks they can win, and history suggests they can.

three corners in detail

Turn 3
After the quick flick of turn 2, the cars build up to 300kph, but this 90° right hander is taken at 90kph so engine braking on entry is crucial. There also needs to be good engine pick-up on the exit, as this immediately leads into a quick left-right flick: if the driver misses the exit the rhythm is compromised. The fuelling at the exit of the T3 is therefore key and there must be appropriate fuel in the combustion chamber to ensure the engine can produce the power needed. It also needs to be ignited quickly so the quantity has to be completely correct.

Turns 11 & 12
This double corner is the fastest turn on the circuit, taken at 225kph with the speed largely carried through. After exiting turn 11 there are two quick downshifts to fifth gear, but the driver will still be very aggressive on the throttle application. This sustained momentum, coupled with the left hand turn generates g-forces of up to 3.5g through turn 11. That sort of g-force pushes everything to the right for a short duration, including fuel and lubricants. The engine still needs to respond to the driver’s demand, despite this heavy load. It needs to produce a lot of torque aggressively, but still has to be precise in its delivery to go through turn 12 and get back up to speed on the run down to turn 13.

Turns 15 & 16
Turns 15 and 16 are linked as an extended chicane but the tendency is to brake too late into 15, which messes up 16. Engineers will work on giving a good balance by delivering the right level of overrun support into 15; ultimately keeping the engine torque stable when the driver is off-throttle and on the brakes. If the overrun support is correct, the rear of the car is stabilized without too much push so the driver does not struggle to turn in. The exit of turn 16 is tricky as the driver is not at full throttle until fourth gear, instead dancing and hovering around in third as he tries to get the power down.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Albert Park Circuit
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 Australian F1 GP result 16 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kevin Magnussen
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2013 2013 Australian F1 GP result 17 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2012 2012 Australian Grand Prix result 18 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2011 2011 Australian Grand Prix result 27 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Vitaly Petrov
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
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2010 2010 Australian Grand Prix result 28 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Robert Kubica
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2009 2009 Australian Grand Prix result 29 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Brawn
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Brawn
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Toyota
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2008 2008 Australian Grand Prix result 16 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Nick Heidfeld
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records BMW Sauber
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
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2007 2007 Australian Grand Prix result 18 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2006 2006 Australian Grand Prix result 2 April 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ralf Schumacher
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Toyota
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2005 2005 Australian Grand Prix result 6 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Giancarlo Fisichella
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
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2004 2004 Australian Grand Prix result 7 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Renault
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2003 2003 Australian Grand Prix result 9 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2002 2002 Australian Grand Prix result 3 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2001 2001 Australian Grand Prix result 4 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2000 2000 Australian Grand Prix result 12 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ralf Schumacher
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
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1999 1999 Australian Grand Prix result 7 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ralf Schumacher
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jordan
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
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1998 1998 Australian Grand Prix result March 8 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
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1997 1997 Australian Grand Prix result 9 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Albert Park Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1996 1996 Australian Grand Prix result 10 March 1 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Damon Hill
2 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
3 Albert Park Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Williams
Albert Park Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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