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Albert Park Circuit layout & records

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

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Albert Park's idyllic setting, relaxed environment, popular racing circuit and unexpected results have made it the perfect place for the opening round of the Formula 1 World Championship.

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. It is the pristine metaphor for what Formula 1 is about

A wide street circuit, Albert Park has very few demanding corners and is instead filled with fast flowing turns. It is notoriously slippery and many drivers have been caught out on its slippery surface.

Overtaking can be difficult due to the lack of long straights on the track, but two DRS zones have helped that in recent years.

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.

Albert Park, 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

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W06 sparkling

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 stabilised 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

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20172017 Australian F1 GP result26th of March1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20162016 Australian F1 GP result20th of March1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
20152015 Australian F1 GP result15 March1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58
20142014 Australian F1 GP result16 March1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd Denmark Kevin Magnussen
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
20132013 Australian F1 GP result17 March1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
58
58
58
20122012 Australian Grand Prix result18 March1st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
20112011 Australian Grand Prix result27 March1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
58
58
58
20102010 Australian Grand Prix result28 March1st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Poland Robert Kubica
3rd Brazil Felipe Massa
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58
20092009 Australian Grand Prix result29 March1st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
United Kingdom Brawn
Japan Toyota
58
58
58
20082008 Australian Grand Prix result16 March1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nick Heidfeld
3rd Germany Nico Rosberg
United Kingdom McLaren
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
58
20072007 Australian Grand Prix result18 March1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
20062006 Australian Grand Prix result2 April1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
20052005 Australian Grand Prix result6 March1st Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
57
57
57
20042004 Australian Grand Prix result7 March1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
58
58
58
20032003 Australian Grand Prix result9 March1st United Kingdom David Coulthard
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
20022002 Australian Grand Prix result3 March1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
20012001 Australian Grand Prix result4 March1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58
20002000 Australian Grand Prix result12 March1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
58
19991999 Australian Grand Prix result7 March1st United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
2nd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
United Kingdom Williams
57
57
57
19981998 Australian Grand Prix resultMarch 81st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
58
58
57
19971997 Australian Grand Prix result9 March1st United Kingdom David Coulthard
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
58
58
58
19961996 Australian Grand Prix result10 March1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3rd United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
58
58
58

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