Australian Grand Prix
Melbourne - March 2016
Australian Grand Prix
Track: Albert Park Lake | Circuit length: 5.303 km | Laps: 58 Sunday, 20th March 2016
For 51 weeks a year, Melbourne's Albert Park is a place of relative serenity. The most action you'll find tends to revolve around aggro swans flapping their wings at people who have no business in active wear. Then, for one week in March - absolute mayhem - as the fastest things on four wheels tear around the lake at over 300km/h. Beats the hell out of 40km/h in a Prius! Motor Sport fans are treated to some serious action - with a host of other speed-related activities to keep them occupied, inculding V8 Supercars and the famous FA-18 Hornet fly-over.
The race itself has been part of the FIA Formula One Championship since 1985. The first ten iterations of the race were held in Adelaide, before the race was moved to its current home in Melbourne from 1996. Despite having a home Grand Prix to attend for 30 years, what Aussie racing fans would really love is to see a home-grown winner. Mark Webber placed fifth in his debut in 2002 in a Minardi - but luck was seemingly not on his side for the rest of his career in Melbourne. These days we've got Daniel Ricciardo to cheer on. After a promising year in 2014 where he won three races and finished third in the Driver's Championship, 2015 didn't exactly go to plan. Here's hoping Disco Dan's fortunes turn around and he can bring home the bacon on home soil!
Australian Grand Prix Winners
Below are the previous winners of the Australian Grand Prix:
|2015||Lewis Hamilton (ENG)||Mercedes|
|2014||Nico Rosberg (GER)||Mercedes|
|2013||Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)||Red Bull|
|2012||Jenson Button (GBR)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|2011||Sebastian Vettel (GER)||Red Bull|
|2010||Jenson Button (GBR)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|2009||Jenson Button (GBR)||Brawn-Mercedes|
|2008||Lewis Hamilton (GBR)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|2007||Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)||Ferrari|
|2006||Fernando Alonso (SPA)||Renault|
|2005||Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA)||Renault|
|2004||Michael Schumacher (GBR)||Ferrari|
|2003||David Coulthard (GBR)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|2002||Michael Schumacher (GBR)||Ferrari|
|2001||Michael Schumacher (GBR)||Ferrari|
|2000||Michael Schumacher (GBR)||Ferrari|
|1999||Eddie Irvine (GBR)||Ferrari|
|1998||Mika Häkkinen (FIN)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|1997||David Coulthard (GBR)||McLaren-Mercedes|
|1996||Damon Hill (GBR)||Williams-Renault|
If you think you can predict who will be named the Australian Grand Prix 2016 winner this year then why not check out the latest Australian Grand Prix odds!
Australian Grand Prix Fast Facts
- No Australian has ever won the Australian Grand Prix. Our best result is fourth, recorded by Mark Webber for Red Bull in 2012. Bugger.
- Michael Schumacher has won the most Australian Grands Prix (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004).
- An Englishman has won the race on five of the last eight occassions. Wait, surely that's a typo?