The Australian Grand Prix is the country’s premier Formula One racing event. Traditionally taking place in mid-March, the Australian GP is the race that kicks off the Formula One season. Held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, also known as Albert Park (located south of the Victorian capital), it is one of the longest standing events in Australian motorsport history. In fact, it dates back to 1928 when it was contested at Phillip Island. It’s also one of the most popular events in Australian sport, generally yielding attendance figures of more than 300,000 for the weekend.
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a 5.3 km track built around Albert Park Lake, a small man-made lake. The circuit comprises of 16 turns and was rebuilt prior to the 1996 edition of the race to ensure consistency and smoothness for drivers. Before the race was moved to Albert Park, the Aussie GP was held on a street circuit in Adelaide, South Australia. The fastest lap recorded at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit was set in 2004 by German driver Michael Schumacher. The motorsport legend zipped his Ferrari around the track in a time of 1:24.125 and recorded his fourth win at the venue in the process.
Schumacher shares the record for most Australian GP wins with Aussie great Lex Davison. Both have four wins to their names, however Davison accomplished that feat using different manufacturer’s cars and at a variety of different courses. Davison won driving a Ferrari on two occasions, as well as a Cooper-Climax and HWM-Jaguar. Southport, Caversham, Bathurst and Mallala were the venues he won his four Australian GPs between 1954 and1961. English drivers have dominated the event over the past 20 years, with 10 reigning supreme.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||WINNING MANUFACTURER|
|2015||LEWIS HAMILTON||NICO ROSBERG||MERCEDES|
|2014||NICO ROSBERG||KEVIN MAGNUSSEN||MERCEDES|
|2013||KIMI RAIKKONEN||FERNANDO ALONSO||LOTUS-RENAULT|
|2012||JENSON BUTTON||SEBASTIAN VETTEL||MCLAREN-MERCEDES|
|2011||SEBASTIAN VETTEL||LEWIS HAMILTON||RED BULL-RENAULT|
|2010||JENSON BUTTON||ROBERT KUBICA||MCLAREN-MERCEDES|
|2009||JENSON BUTTON||RUBENS BARRICHELLO||BRAWN-MERCEDES|
|2008||LEWIS HAMILTON||NICK HIEDFELD||MCLAREN-MERCEDES|
|2007||KIMI RAIKKONEN||FERNANDO ALONSO||FERRARI|
|2006||FERNANDO ALONSO||KIMI RAIKKONEN||RENAULT|