Six drivers have a 100% finish rate at Albert Park, while Lando Norris is the only current driver with a 100% Q3 appearance rate at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Australian Grand Prix!
?? Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in all of the last six seasons, but has won the event only once in that time, in 2015. He retired in 2014 and has finished as runner-up in every year since 2016. He has had four further podium finishes at the track, including a win on debut in 2008, and third place on debut in 2007. 2014 is the only occasion that Hamilton has retired in Australia, though he was also disqualified in 2008 after he and the McLaren team were found to have been lying to race stewards. 2009 and 2010 are the only seasons that Hamilton has failed to reach Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix, while 2007 and 2010 are the only times that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at Albert Park. The latter two years are also the only occasions that Hamilton has finished the event in a position better than where he has started from.
?? Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas won the Australian Grand Prix for the first time in 2019. He had previously finished on the podium here once, with a third place finish on his Mercedes debut in 2017. He has scored on all but two appearances at Albert Park. He finished fourteenth in his first ever F1 race in 2013, and he failed to start in 2015 after injuring his back in qualifying. Bottas started from the front row for the first time at the circuit last year. He has reached Q3 five times in total at the track, including in 2018 when he crashed in the session and was able to start only fifteenth. 2013 is the only season that Bottas has out-qualified a team-mate at the Australian Grand Prix. Bottas has never finished the event in a worse position than where he started it. 2017 is the only season that he has finished where he started.
?? Sebastian Vettel
Last season, Sebastian Vettel failed to finish on the podium at the Australian Grand Prix for the first time since 2014. Vettel has won at the circuit on three occasions, in 2011, 2017 and 2018, and has had a further four podium finishes at the track. All of Vettel’s first three appearances at Albert Park resulted in retirements, as did his last Red Bull appearance here in 2014. He has scored on every other appearance. Vettel has taken pole at Albert Park three times, but not since 2013. He also started from the front row in 2017. 2014 is the only occasion that Vettel has failed to reach Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix, and is one of only three times that Vettel has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. Vettel has led over 30 laps in all of the last three Australian Grands Prix.
?? Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc picked up points in Australia for the first time last year on his Ferrari debut. He finished fifth last year, one position behind his team-mate. In the previous season, on his Formula 1 debut with Sauber, he finished in thirteenth. He’s yet to out-qualify a team-mate at Albert Park, and has a best qualifying position of fifth from last year.
?? Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen recorded his first Australian Grand Prix podium finish last season with third place. He has scored points on four of his five appearances at the circuit, recording his only non-finish on debut in 2015. 2015 is also the only time that the Dutchman has failed to out-qualify his team-mate here. Verstappen has qualified in the top five in all of the last four seasons, qualifying fourth in both of the last two years. Last season marked the first time that Verstappen has finished in a better position than where he started from at Albert Park.
?? Alex Albon
Alex Albon made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso at last year’s Australian Grand Prix. He finished fourteenth in the race having qualified thirteenth. Albon out-qualified his team-mate at Albert Park last year, but failed to finish ahead of him in the race.
?? Carlos Sainz
Becoming the first retirement of the 2019 season, Carlos Sainz failed to score at Albert Park for the first time last year. Though he has never finished above eighth at the circuit, with his best finish coming in 2017, Sainz scored on all of his first four visits to the track. Last season was also the first time the Spaniard has failed to reach Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix. His best grid slot at the track is seventh, which is where he started from on both of his first two visits. He’s yet to gain a position from where he has started in any race at this track.
?? Lando Norris
Lando Norris made his Formula 1 debut at last year’s Australian Grand Prix. After out-qualifying his team-mate and reaching Q3, qualifying in eighth position, Norris went on to finish twelfth in his first Grand Prix.
?? Daniel Ricciardo
From his eight Australian Grand Prix appearances, Daniel Ricciardo has scored points on four occasions. He recorded his third DNF at the circuit in 2019 after running over his own front wing on the way to the first corner. He finished as runner-up on his Red Bull debut in 2014 before being disqualified for a fuel flow issue. Aside from that, his best result here is fourth place, which he scored in 2016 and 2018 and is the joint best result for an Australian at their home race. 2013 and 2019 are the only seasons that Ricciardo has failed to reach Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix. He has started from the front row once, in 2014 and has been out-qualified by his team-mate in all of the last three years.
?? Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon returns to Formula 1 at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix following a one-year absence. From his two previous Albert Park appearances, Ocon has scored once. His tenth place finish in 2017 marked the first points-scoring race of his career. He finished twelfth in 2018. Ocon is yet to reach Q3 at the circuit, having been eliminated in Q2 on both appearances. He’s also yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the circuit. The Frenchman has gained at least two positions from where he started on both of his previous Australian Grand Prix outings.
?? Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez finished in the points on debut at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, but he was disqualified for having an illegal rear wing. Perez has finished all nine races he has entered at the track, finishing in the points four times. He has not scored here since 2017, when he recorded his best Albert Park result of seventh. 2019 marked Perez’s first Q3 appearance at the Australian Grand Prix after eight consecutive Q2 eliminations. He has out-qualified his team-mate on all four of his last appearances at the circuit. 2016 and 2019 are the only occasions that Perez has finished in a worse position than where he started.
?? Lance Stroll
On his third appearance at the Australian Grand Prix in 2019, Lance Stroll picked up his first points at the circuit. On his Racing Point debut, Stroll finished in ninth place. It followed a DNF at the track in 2017 and a fourteenth place finish in 2018. 2018 is the only season where Stroll has out-qualified a team-mate at the circuit, as well as the only time that he has not been eliminated in Q1 at Albert Park.
?? Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has appeared five times at the Australian Grand Prix. He has scored on three occasions and has recorded two Did Not Starts – in 2015 and 2016. The Russian has never finished above ninth place here, which he recorded in both 2014 and 2017. Those are also the only times that he has qualified in the top ten at the track, with a best result of eighth on the grid in 2014. Kvyat has never out-qualified his team-mate at Albert Park. Last season was the first time that Kvyat has gained a position from where he has started at the Australian Grand Prix. He gained five positions to score a point.
?? Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly is yet to score a point at the Australian Grand Prix. He retired here in 2018 with Toro Rosso and finished eleventh on his Red Bull debut last season. The Frenchman has been eliminated in Q1 on both appearances so far at the circuit and is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at Albert Park.
?? Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen scored on his Formula 1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix nineteen years ago. He has gone on to score in all thirteen races which he’s finished at Albert Park. Raikkonen has had five podium finishes at the track, including two wins in 2007 and 2013. His most recent podium finish was a third place finish with Ferrari in 2018. He has scored points at the track in all of the last three years. He has retired five times at the Australian Grand Prix, but still picked up a point by finishing eighth after his retirement in 2008. Raikkonen has taken one pole at the Australian Grand Prix, on his Ferrari debut in 2007. The only other time he has started on the front row at Albert Park was in 2018. He has reached Q3 in every season since 2015. Of the races he’s finished at the track, 2018 is the only time that he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
?? Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi has appeared twice previously at the Australian Grand Prix. He made his debut with Sauber at the circuit in 2017 at short notice due to an injury for Pascal Wehrlein. He finished twelfth on that occasion, which is his best finishing position so far at Albert Park. He finished fifteenth in last year’s race. Giovinazzi reached Q2 for the first time at the circuit last year, but is yet to out-qualify a team-mate in Melbourne.
?? Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean has appeared eight times at the Australian Grand Prix and has recorded six retirements. He has failed to finish in each of the last two seasons due to loose wheelnuts. On the two occasions that he has finished the race, Grosjean has scored points, with a tenth place finish in 2013 and sixth in 2016. 2014 and 2016 are the only occasions that Grosjean has not reached Q3 at Albert Park, having being eliminated in Q1 both times. His best qualifying result here came on his first appearance at the circuit, with third on the grid in 2012. 2013 and 2018 are the only times that Grosjean has been out-qualified by his team-mate here. 2016 is the only occasion that the Frenchman has finished the Australian Grand Prix in a better position than where he started. He gained thirteen positions on that occasion to score Haas’ first points in Formula 1.
?? Kevin Magnussen
On his Formula 1 debut, Kevin Magnussen recorded his first – and so far only – podium finish. That second place finish is one of only two times that he has scored at the Albert Park track, having recorded a sixth place finish last year. He has recorded two DNFs here – in 2017 and 2018 – and also recorded a DNS as the result of an engine failure when standing in for Fernando Alonso in 2015. Magnussen has reached Q3 three times in Melbourne, including in each of the last two seasons. His best qualifying result here is fourth place, from 2014. In the three races he’s finished at the track, he has finished in a better position than where he started- but has never gained more than two positions.
?? George Russell
On his Formula 1 debut last year, George Russell out-qualified his team-mate and lined up nineteenth on the grid in the uncompetitive Williams. He gained three positions in the race, thanks to three drivers retiring, and finished sixteenth, ahead of his team-mate.
?? Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi will make his Formula 1 debut at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. He has no past racing experience at the Albert Park circuit.
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After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.