Formula One

Preview

as of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:45 PM.



Formula One - Australian Grand Prix Preview

Date: Sunday, March 16

Start Time: 2 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: 30th

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

On Radio:

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

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

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kimi Raikkonen

Runner up: Fernando Alonso

Pole winner: Sebastian Vettel (1:27.407)

Top 10:

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Start: 7)

2. Fernando Alonso (5)

3. Sebastian Vettel (1)

4. Felipe Massa (4)

5. Lewis Hamilton (3)

6. Mark Webber (2)

7. Adrian Sutil (12)

8. Paul di Resta (9)

9. Jenson Button (10)

10. Romain Grosjean (8)

Average speed: 204.926 kph

Time of race: 1 hr., 30 mins., 3.225 secs.

Margin of victory: 12.451 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Past winners

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: Brazilian Grand Prix (Nov. 24, 2013)

Site: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos -- Sao Paulo, Brazil

Miles: 190.067 (305.909 km)

Laps: 71

Finish line order: Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg

Time of Race: 1 hr., 32 mins., 36.300 secs.

Average speed: 198.202 kph

Margin of victory: 10.452 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#1 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Red Bull Racing-Renault

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

#4 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#6 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 * Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

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

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Caterham-Renault

#10 Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan) Caterham-Renault

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

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

#14 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari

#17 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

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

#20 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Mercedes

#21 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Sauber-Ferrari

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

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Toro Rosso-Renault

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Toro Rosso-Renault

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

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

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

#99 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Sauber-Ferrari

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kimi Raikkonen 8 2 1 8 15 --- --- 7 1
Fernando Alonso 3 1 2 4 5 4 4 5 2
Sebastian Vettel --- --- --- RET 13 RET 1 2 3
Lewis Hamilton --- --- 3 1 DSQ 6 2 3 5
Jenson Button 11 9 15 RET 1 1 6 1 9
Romain Grosjean --- --- --- --- --- --- --- RET 10
Nico Rosberg --- RET 7 3 6 5 RET 12 RET

Notes

The 2014 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

This will be the 30th F1 world championship running of the Australian GP. It's the 19th consecutive year this race has been held at Albert Park. It's also the 17th 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 has won this race in three of the last five years. Button finished sixth in 2011 and ninth in 2013.

In last year's Australian GP, Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus pulled off a stunning victory by capitalizing on a two-stop strategy while his rivals pitted three times for tires during the race. Having run the final 24 laps without a tire change, Raikkonen crossed the finish line 12.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull was 22.3 seconds behind in third. Raikkonen is back with Ferrari this year.

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 2014 Formula One world championship is the March 30 Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. Vettel won last year's race there.



© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television