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The Circuit

What You Need To Know

The Australian Grand Prix is the oldest surviving motor racing competition held in Australia, having been run 77 times since the inaugural event at Phillip Island in 1928.

It has been a fixture of the Formula 1 calendar since 1985 and was staged at circuits across Australia prior to its inclusion in the World Championship calendar.

For many years after its move to Melbourne from Adelaide in 1996, the Australian Grand Prix was the opening race of the World Championship.

While at the Adelaide Street Circuit it formed the final round of the season. In both the 1986 and 1994 the race was the decider in the Drivers' World Championship battles.

In 1992, however, Jeff Kennett was elected the new premier of the State of Victoria and immediately set about improving Melbourne's profile.

First on his list was the Australian Grand Prix and in late 1993 it was announced that the race would be relocated to a street circuit in Albert Park.

The current track was duly developed using closed-off public roads and in 1996 hosted its first Formula 1 World Championship race.

Fact File: Australian Grand Prix

  • The Albert Park Circuit, modified prior to last year's race and thus shortened to 5.278 km, is a temporary track partially run on public roads.

  • As part of the modifications, new tarmac was laid. We normally see the biggest shift in grip levels from the first year to the second as the tarmac ages, before it then settles in.

  • Melbourne has one of the shortest pit lanes on the calendar at just 281 metres. Cars therefore spend only about 13 seconds at pit lane speed.

  • A fourth DRS zone, between turns 8 and 9, has once again been added for the race in Melbourne; it was implemented last year but removed following Friday Practice.

  • There is a slight difference in the chosen tyres from Pirelli this year with the C2, C3, and C4 compound the choice. Last year the C2, C3, and C5 were used.

  • There is a considerable time difference between Melbourne and the team back at Brackley and Brixworth supporting remotely, adding another level of challenge to the weekend.

  • This is complicated even further with the clocks 'going backwards' in Australia on early Sunday morning of the Grand Prix weekend. The time difference at the start of the weekend is 10 hours and reduced to nine hours for race day once Daylight saving time ends.

  • The 2013 Australian Grand Prix marked Lewis Hamilton's first race with the Team. He qualified third behind the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber before finishing the race fifth. Since that day, he has claimed 82 wins, 77 pole positions, and six Drivers' World Championships with the Team.

  • The same race also marked Toto's first with Mercedes; since then, the Team has scored 115 wins, 127 pole positions, seven Drivers' World Championships and eight Constructors' Championships.

  • A third-place finish in 2022 race saw George net his first podium with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.

  • Former F1 aerodynamic engineer Kate Reid opened an acclaimed bakery in Melbourne in 2012.

The Australian Grand Prix has seen a number of notable firsts for our team over the years, including Lewis Hamilton's debut as a Mercedes driver in 2013, the first win of the Hybrid F1 era with Nico Rosberg a year later, and George Russell’s maiden podium with the team in 2022.

It takes an estimated 290,000 hours of work to assemble the street circuit in preparation for the Grand Prix every year. The temporary layout is assembled six weeks before the race weekend, and taken down four weeks after.

  • First GP
    1996
  • Circuit Length
    5.278km