Close up of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari




Australian Grand Prix


The Australian Grand Prix has a long history, dating right back to 1928, when Colonel Arthur Waite won in his Austin 7. But the event had to wait until 1985 to become part of the F1 calendar.

The race has taken place in a grand total of 23 different venues, but only two have been used since it joined the F1 schedule. At the first Australian F1 track, Adelaide Stret Circuit, the race was traditionally the final event of the season.

Since then it has become something of a tradition for Melbourne to host the opening race of the F1 championship since it became the venue of choice for the Australian Grand Prix in 1996.

Australian GP Details
LocationAlbert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Date23rd-25th March 2018
Lap Length 3.296mi, 5.303 km
Race Distance 191.168mi, 307.574km
Race lap record1:24.125, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004
Routed track plan of Albert Park, Melbourne

Footprint :- 9.63 x 4.82m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Width :- 8cm

Lane Length :- 25.62m

Track :- Scratch build

Albert Park

The circuit runs around the lake at Albert Park, just a few kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. In spite of being a street circuit based on public roads, it has all the qualities of a "proper" race track, in so much as it has a natural, organic feel, and named corners, which always speak of the history and character of any circuit.

In terms of layout, I think it's instantly recognisable, it has a good range of corners, and a fair amount of character. It obviously lacks the elevation changes of Spa, and the corner combinations of Silverstone, but that's being very picky indeed. In it's own right it's a great circuit, which the drivers and fans alike seem to enjoy.


Unfortunately for the home fans, they haven't had a lot to cheer about in terms of Australian drivers. I'm sure Ricciardo will win his home Grand Prix at some point in his career, but when he does, he'll be the first Australian to win at Albert Park since Doug Whiteford in 1953, and the first ever to win a Formula 1 Australian GP.

British drivers have won the most Australian F1 GPs, winning seven GPs in Melbourne and two in Adelaide, and McLaren have been the most succesful constructor.

Looking at multiple winners, Michael Schumacher leads the pack having won it four times, with Jenson Button next, having won it three times in four years 2009-12. Of our current crop of drivers, Kimi Raikonnen, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton have all won twice.

Last year's winner was Sebastian Vettel, with Ferrari breaking Mercedes' three year stranglehold on the top step of the podium, and grabbing the Scuderia's first win here in a decade.


It seems the folks down under have really taken to the Australian GP, so it always looks like a well attended race with a bouyant atmosphere. Crowds often top 100,000 on race day, and are not far off that for practise and qualifying. In 2015 the race weekend attendance was nearly 300,000, bettered only by the British Grand Prix.

Past Winners
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari
2016Nico RosbergMercedes
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2014Nico RosbergMercedes
2013Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault
2012Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault
2010Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-Mercedes
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes
Scalextric track plan of Albert Park, Melbourne

Footprint :- 3.72 x 1.94m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 9.54m

Track :- Scalextric Sport

C8204 R3 2
C8205 S 10
C8202 R1 20
C8200 1/4S 4
C8236 SS 1
C8235 R4 5
C8234 1/2 R2 3
C8206 R2 3
C8207 1/2S 4
C8278 1/2 R1 4
Ninco track plan of Albert Park, Melbourne

Footprint :- 3.29 x 1.67m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 8.07m

Track :- Ninco

10105 R2 1
10112 1/2 R2 2
10113 1/2 R1 10
10104 1/4 S 5
10103 1/2 S 6
10102 S 3
10115 R5 6
10108 R4 1
10107 R3 3
10106 R1 18
Carrera track plan of Albert Park, Melbourne

Footprint :- 4.27 x 2.21m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 10.53m

Track :- Carrera

20577 R1/30 6
20571 R1/60 14
20573 R3/30 3
20572 R2/30 1
20509 S 9
20611 1/3S 5
20612 1/4S 2
Tomy track plan of Albert Park, Melbourne

Footprint :- 2.77 x 1.45m

Lanes :- 2

Lane Length :- 7.17m

Track :- Tomy AFX

8997 4
8656 20
8621 4
8622 4
8624 4
8632 4
8642 2
8641 2