Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit joined the F1 calendar in 1996, replacing Adelaide as the host of the Australian Grand Prix. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Albert Park!
Track length: 5.279km
Race length: 306.240km
Circuit opened: 1953
F1 first visited: 1996
Races held: 24
Track Record: 1:20.486, Lewis Hamilton, 2019
Lap Record: 1:24.125, Michael Schumacher, 2004
ALBERT PARK RACE WINNERS
There have been 24 previous F1 races held at the Albert Park circuit. From those 24 races, there have been thirteen different Grand Prix winners.
Michael Schumacher is the driver with the most wins at the track, having taken victory here on four occasions. Ferrari are the team with the most Albert Park wins with eight, including victories in two of the last three races here. Mercedes-powered cars have had the most wins at the track though, having won eleven times in total. British and German drivers are currently tied for the most wins at this circuit, with nine apiece. Finland are the only other nation with multiple wins here – Valtteri Bottas took their total up to four in 2019.
Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most consecutive wins at Albert Park, having won three years in a row between 2000 and 2002. Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button are the only three drivers to have taken back-to-back wins at the track.
McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes are the four teams to have taken consecutive wins at Albert Park. Ferrari hold the record for most successive wins at the circuit, having won four times in a row between 1999 and 2002.
There have been eight occasions when a team have taken a 1-2 finish at Albert Park. The most recent was for Mercedes, in 2019.
There are four previous Australian Grand Prix winners on the 2022 grid. Sebastian Vettel has won here three times, Lewis Hamilton has won twice, and Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas each have a single victory at the circuit. Alonso won in 2006, while Bottas was victorious in 2019.
The longest streak of different winners at the Albert Park track came between 2003 and 2009, when there were no repeat Australian Grand Prix winners for seven years.
The largest win margin at this track came at the dawn of the hybrid era, when Nico Rosberg took victory by 26.777 seconds. Meanwhile, the smallest victory margin at the track came in the controversial 1998 Australian Grand Prix when Mika Hakkinen won ahead of team-mate David Coulthard by just 0.702 seconds.
The race has been won at Albert Park by less than five seconds on seven occasions. The average win margin at the circuit is 10.657 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM AT ALBERT PARK
From the 24 races at Albert Park, 25 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton is the driver with the most podiums at the track, having finished in the top three nine times. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums here with nineteen rostrum appearances. German drivers have finished on the podium more than drivers from any other nation at this track, with 22 top three finishes.
From the current grid, there are five previous podium finishers at Albert Park. Lewis Hamilton has the record of nine podiums here, two ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso has finished in the top three on five occasions, Valtteri Bottas has two podium appearances and Max Verstappen finished in the top three for the first time at the circuit in 2019.
The polesitter at the Albert Park track has finished on the podium on sixteen occasions.
The furthest back podium finisher at this track actually came from the pit-lane. Jarno Trulli finished third after starting from the pit-lane in 2009 after the Toyota cars were excluded from Qualifying for running illegal rear wings.
The 1999 and 2010 races are the only events here where none of the top three on the grid finished on the podium.
ALBERT PARK POLESITTERS
Nine different drivers have taken pole at the Albert Park circuit. Lewis Hamilton has taken the most poles here, setting the fastest lap in qualifying on eight occasions – including at every Australian Grand Prix weekend since 2014. Mercedes have the most poles at the track, with six – one ahead of both Ferrari and McLaren. British drivers have taken the most poles here, with ten starts from the front of the grid.
From the 2022 grid, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the only previous Australian Grand Prix polesitters. Vettel has had three poles here compared to Hamilton’s eight. Since 2010, Vettel and Hamilton are the only drivers to have taken pole at the Albert Park circuit.
The longest streak of different polesitters at this track came between 2004 and 2008, when there were no repeat polesitters for five seasons.
Five drivers have taken back-to-back poles here: Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 and 1997; Mika Hakkinen in 1998, 1999 and 2000; Michael Schumacher in 2003 and 2004; Sebastian Vettel in 2010 and 2011; and Lewis Hamilton in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Williams, McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes are the five teams to have taken consecutive poles at Albert Park. Mercedes hold the record for most successive poles at the track, Thanks to Lewis Hamilton, they are currently on a streak of six back-to-back poles at the circuit.
The fastest ever lap of the Albert Park track came in Qualifying for the 2019 race, in which Lewis Hamilton took pole with a lap time of 1:20.486.
There is a difference of 11.885 seconds between the slowest and fastest pole times here, set in the first and latest Australian Grands Prix held at the Albert Park track. It’s particularly impressive considering there has been little change to the track since 1996. That’s not including the lap set by Hamilton to take pole in the rain-affected 2014 qualifying session.
The smallest difference between the fastest lap set in qualifying and the time for last on the grid is 2.181 seconds. This was in 2009, when Rubens Barrichello’s fastest Q2 time was just 2.181 seconds faster than the lap which secured Sebastien Bourdais’ last place on the grid.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth three times here, most recently in 2004. The 2019 pole margin was the closest since then, with Lewis Hamilton taking pole by 0.112 seconds.
The average pole margin at Albert Park is 0.479 seconds, while the average from the last ten events is 0.378 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park has been won from pole on nine occasions, and has been won from the front row of the grid fifteen times. That means nine Grands Prix here have been won from third or further back on the grid.
The furthest back win at Albert Park came in 2003, when David Coulthard won for McLaren from eleventh on the grid.
The 2018 Australian Grand Prix had fourteen drivers finishing the race on the same lap as the leader – the record for the most number of drivers finishing on the same lap as the winner at this track. Conversely, the 1998 Australian Grand Prix saw just two drivers complete all of the laps.
Thirteen of the 24 races held here have featured a Safety Car period. The 2006 Australian Grand Prix saw the most Safety Car periods during an event here, with it being called out four times.
Just two races here have been affected by rain. Both the 2003 and 2010 Australian Grands Prix were run on a drying track.
The longest Grand Prix at this circuit happened in 2016, and was won in a time of 1:48:15.565 following a Red Flag period as a result of Fernando Alonso’s huge accident. The shortest race here came in the following year, when Sebastian Vettel won in a time of 1:24:11.672.
Fifteen different drivers have set the fastest lap of the race in Albert Park’s history. Kimi Raikkonen is the driver who has set the most Fastest Laps at the Albert Park track, having done so six times.
From 510 total entries into races at Albert Park, 306 cars have reached the end of the race. That means, in total, 60% of cars which have started a race here have reached the end of it. The most number of cars to reach the end of a Grand Prix at this track is eighteen in 2013, though the highest percentage of race finishers is 85%, which happened in both 2005 and 2019, when seventeen of the twenty entrants finished the race. The least number of cars to reach the end of the race came in 2008, when just six drivers reached the end of the Grand Prix.
Two races at the Albert Park track have featured a Red Flag period – 1996 and 2016.
There have been five races at the circuit which did not run to their scheduled distance. It happened in 2005, 2006, 2014, 2016 and 2017. All of those occurrences are due to cars stalling on the formation lap. Read more: F1 Races Which Didn’t Reach Full Distance.
So far, 1,386 Grand Prix laps have been raced at Albert Park.
Given its place at the start of the calendar each season, it’s unsurprising that no champions have been crowned here. The winner of this race has gone on to win the title in the same season on thirteen occasions, while the polesitter has gone on to win the title in the same year on seventeen occasions, including in all but two of the last thirteen races at the circuit.
After setting the fastest lap on his way to victory in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas set a new record for the largest lead held after the first round of the championship.
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. 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 and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.