Bottas roars to season-opening victory: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Review

Formula One returned for the first round of the 2019 season under a cloud but the racing at Albert Park Melbourne carried on and the questions coming into Australia was who would be quickest?

Circuit map of the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne [Image from formula1.com]

Ferrari had been the quickest team in pre-season testing and it looked set to be a closely thought weekend with Mercedes and Ferrari split by just 0.070 seconds in the opening practice session. However, the pace of the Ferrari dwindled and it was a Mercedes dominated weekend with the reigning Constructors Champions securing a front-row lockout in a Qualifying hour that saw some surprises with track evolution catching some big names out. read more

The Halo debuts as a computer glitch aids Vettel to an unexpected victory: 2018 Australian Grand Prix Review

Formula One embarked on a new era in Australia as the halo made its competitive debut on the cars at Albert Park, Melbourne for the opening round of the 2018 season. The sport has never had two four-time champions on the same grid before so how would take the first blow in what promises to be an enthralling season?

As the weekend progressed, Hamilton and Mercedes seemed to be the team to beat. Though Vettel topped the FP3 timesheet. Tjay came in a changing track from wet weather conditions to dry in which Mercedes did not take to the track at the end. The Hamilton and Mercedes domination resumed into Qualifying as he eventually smashed the track record to take the first pole position of the season. His teammate crashed out in Q3 bringing the session to a slight halt while Vettel was beaten into 3rd by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. read more

2017 Australian Grad Prix Review: Sebastian Vettel wins Down Under

The clocks went forward the weekend before last and for some of us, that meant an hour less sleep before watching the opening race of the F1 season live. It was a naughty 6 am race start UK time but the Australian Grand Prix was worth it. After two winter tests, the 10 teams raced their cars for the first time in Melbourne and we may have a title battle on for sureā€¦

Circuit map of the Albert park Circuit, Melbourne [Image from formula1.com]
Circuit map of the Albert park Circuit, Melbourne [Image from formula1.com]

The Race Weekend

The Grand Prix weekend format
The Grand Prix weekend format

A lot of the regulations may have changed but the format of a race weekend has not. The weekend still consists of two practice sessions on a Friday (P1 and P2), a practice session on Saturday morning (P3). Qualifying still consists of three elements. The first (Q1) sees the slowest five eliminated and the same in again in the second session (Q2) before we have the top 10 shootout (Q3). The race is on Sunday. read more