The F1 2016 season kicks off in Melbourne and everyone will be excited and hopefully ready to go when the lights go green on Sunday.
Pre season testing is done, so now F1 gets down to business as we head for the race of the season in Melbourne, Australia. For new teams and drivers, Melbourne is considered tough for them starting out.
History of the Australian GP
The country first held its first grand prix in 1985 in Adelaide. One year later and Nigel Mansell’s tyre blow which cost him the world championship that year. In 1994, Adelaide also saw Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher collided and saw Schumacher take his first world championship.
The venue for the Australian grand prix changed to Melbourne in 1996. 19 races held here have been season openers.
Australian’s home race luck?
The best place for an Australian driver was Mark Webber’s 4th place in 2012. Technically, Daniel Ricciardo’s 3nd place in 2014 was the best, only for a while as he was excluded from the race for a fuel infringement.
Best debut drives
- Kevin Magnussen – McLaren – 2014 – 2nd
- Lewis Hamilton – McLaren – 2007 – 3rd
- Mark Webber – Minardi- 2002 – 5th
- Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 2015 – 5th
- Kimi Raikkonen – Sauber – 2001 – 6th
Michael Schumacher has the most wins round Melbourne with 4. Jenson Button has 3 wins in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen have 2 wins each. With Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg all have 1 win each.
- Lap record: 1:24:125, Michael Schumacher, 2004
- Laps: 58
- Circuit length: 3.295 miles
- Race distance: 191.117 miles
- Corners: 16
Historic F1 weekend
This weekend for F1 will see two major rule regulation changes with the new Qualifying and Pirelli tyre rules put into place. Along with the two major rule changes are 3 new drivers making their debut this weekend are: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto at Manor and Jolyon Palmer at Renault. F1 also sees a new team entering the sport by the name of Haas F1.
Qualifying is on Saturday 19th March and the Race is on Sunday 20th March.
Still confused about the new Qualifying and Tyre rules? Look back at some previous blogs to get an idea of what they are about.
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