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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 Circuit Layout
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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 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
2013 2013 Australian F1 GP result 17 March 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
58
58
58
2012 2012 Australian Grand Prix result 18 March 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
2011 2011 Australian Grand Prix result 27 March 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
58
58
58
2010 2010 Australian Grand Prix result 28 March 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Poland Robert Kubica
3 Brazil Felipe Massa
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58
2009 2009 Australian Grand Prix result 29 March 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
United Kingdom Brawn
Japan Toyota
58
58
58
2008 2008 Australian Grand Prix result 16 March 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 Germany Nico Rosberg
United Kingdom McLaren
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
58
2007 2007 Australian Grand Prix result 18 March 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
2006 2006 Australian Grand Prix result 2 April 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
2005 2005 Australian Grand Prix result 6 March 1 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
57
57
57
2004 2004 Australian Grand Prix result 7 March 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
58
58
58
2003 2003 Australian Grand Prix result 9 March 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
2002 2002 Australian Grand Prix result 3 March 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
2001 2001 Australian Grand Prix result 4 March 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58
2000 2000 Australian Grand Prix result 12 March 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
58
1999 1999 Australian Grand Prix result 7 March 1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
United Kingdom Williams
57
57
57
1998 1998 Australian Grand Prix result March 8 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
57
1997 1997 Australian Grand Prix result 9 March 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
1996 1996 Australian Grand Prix result 10 March 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58