Formula One

Preview

as of Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:12 PM.



Formula One - Australian Grand Prix Preview

Date: Sunday, March 15

Start Time: 1 a.m. ET

Site: Albert Park Circuit -- Melbourne, Australia

Track: 5.303 km (3.3 miles), 16-turn temporary street circuit

Laps: 58

Miles: 191.110 (307.574 km)

Capacity: 100,000+

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 31st

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

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Race record: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 24 mins., 15.757 secs.)

Qualifying record: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 min., 23.529 secs.)

2014 Finish

Defending champion: Nico Rosberg

Runner up: Kevin Magnussen

Pole winner: Lewis Hamilton (1:44.231)

Top 10:

1. Nico Rosberg (Start: 3)

2. Kevin Magnussen (4)

3. Jenson Button (10)

4. Fernando Alonso (5)

5. Valtteri Bottas (15)

6. Nico Hulkenberg (7)

7. Kimi Raikkonen (11)

8. Jean-Eric Vergne (6)

9. Daniil Kvyat (8)

10. Sergio Perez (16)

Average speed: 195.058 kph

Time of race: 1 hr., 32 mins., 58.710 secs.

Margin of victory: 26.777 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Past winners

2014 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 195:058 kph/1:32:58.710

2013 Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus-Renault, 204.926 kph/1:30:3.225

2012 Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes, 195.991 kph/1:34:9.565

2011 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 206.184 kph/1:29:30.259

2010 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 197.144 kph/1:33:36.531

2009 Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 195.775 kph/1:34:15.784

2008 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 194.577 kph/1:34:50.616

2007 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 215.893 kph/1:25.28.770

2006 Fernando Alonso, Renault, 191.990 kph/1:34:27.870

2005 Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, 215.167 kph/1:24:17.336

2004 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 219.010 kph/1:24:15.757

2003 David Coulthard, McLaren, 194.868 kph/1:34:42.124

2002 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1.35.36.792

2001 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:38:26.533

2000 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1.34:01.987

1999 Eddie Irvine, Ferrari, 1:35:01.659

1998 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, 1:31:45.996

1997 David Coulthard, McLaren, 1:30:28.718

1996 Damon Hill, Williams, 1:32:50.491

1995 Damon Hill, Williams, 1:49:15.936

1994 Nigel Mansell, Williams, 1:47:51.480

1993 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:43:27.476

1992 Gerhard Berger, McLaren, 1:46:54.786

1991 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 24:34.899 (rain-shortened)

1990 Nelson Piquet, Benetton, 1:49:44.570

1989 Thierry Boutsen, Williams, 2:00:17.421

1988 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:53:14.676

1987 Gerhard Berger, Ferrari, 1:52:56.144

1986 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:54:20.388

1985 Keke Rosberg, Williams, 2:00:40.473

Last race

Race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Nov. 23, 2014)

Site: Yas Marina Circuit -- Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Miles: 189.738 (305.355 km)

Laps: 55

Finish line order: Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button

Time of Race: 1 hr., 39 mins., 2.619 secs.

Average speed: 184.982 kph

Margin of victory: 2.576 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#5 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Ferrari

#6 * Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Lotus-Mercedes

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Sauber-Ferrari

#11 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Force India-Mercedes

#12 Felipe Nasr (Brasilia, Brazil) Sauber-Ferrari

#13 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Lotus-Mercedes

#14 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Honda

#19 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

#22 Jenson Button (Frome, England) McLaren-Honda

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#27 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Force India-Mercedes

#28 Will Stevens (Rochford, England) Marussia-Ferrari

#33 Max Verstappen (Hasselt, Belgium) Toro Rosso-Renault

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

#55 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Madrid, Spain) Toro Ross-Renault

#77 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Williams-Mercedes

#98 Roberto Merhi (Castellon, Spain) Marussia-Ferrari

Leading contenders

Name 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Nico Rosberg Ret 7 3 6 5 Ret 12 Ret Won
Kevin Magnussen --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2
Jenson Button 9 15 Ret Won Won 6 Won 9 3
Valtteri Bottas --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 14 5
Kimi Raikkonen 2 Won 8 15 --- --- 7 Won 7
Daniil Kvyat --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 9
Sebastian Vettel --- --- Ret 13 Ret Won 2 3 Ret
Lewis Hamilton --- 3 Won Dsq 6 2 3 5 Ret
Felipe Massa Ret 6 Ret Ret 3 7 Ret 4 Ret
Daniel Ricciardo --- --- --- --- --- --- 9 Ret Dsq

Notes

The 2015 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

This will be the 31st F1 world championship running of the Australian GP. It's the 20th consecutive year this race has been held at Albert Park. It's also the 18th time the F1 season opener takes place in Australia.

Albert Park is a temporary circuit with parts of the track used for road traffic for the majority of the year. This circuit features unusually high grip-evolution, which leads to falling lap times over the course of the weekend, as the track "rubbers-in."

Before the Australian GP was moved to Albert Park in 1996, this race was held on the street circuit in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide hosted the F1 season finale from 1985-95.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for most victories in the Australian GP with four (2000, '01, '02 and '04). Jenson Button from McLaren has won this race in three of the last six years. Button finished sixth in 2011, ninth in 2013 and third last year.

Fernando Alonso, driving for McLaren this year after spending the past five seasons with Ferrari, will not compete in this weekend's Australian GP due to a concussion he suffered during an accident in testing last month in Barcelona, Spain. Kevin Magnussen, now a test and reserve driver for McLaren, is scheduled to fill-in for Alonso in Melbourne. Alonso is expected to return for the Malaysian Grand Prix the last weekend in March.

The race winner at Albert Park has started on the pole position eight times. Vettel most recently did it in 2011.

Round 2 in the 2015 F1 world championship is the March 29 Malaysian GP in Kuala Lumpur. Lewis Hamilton won last year's race there.



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