Mercedes have taken pole at every Australian Grand Prix since 2014, while Ferrari have won two of the last three Melbourne races. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Albert Park!
WINS: 4, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 10, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: BOTTAS 1st, HAMILTON 2nd
Both Mercedes cars have reached the end of the Australian Grand Prix in every year since 2014; with 2018 being the only one of those seasons when only one finished on the podium. Mercedes have recorded just one double DNF here, in 2011, while 2012 is the only other year in which they’ve failed to pick up a point at Albert Park. The team took three consecutive wins here in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and won their fourth Australian Grand Prix in 2019.
Mercedes have started from pole six times at Albert Park – all six times being in the past six races at the circuit. The team have also locked out the front row in 2015, 2016 and 2019. Michael Schumacher’s Q2 elimination here in 2011 is the only time a Mercedes car has failed to reach Q3 since the team re-entered F1 in 2010 – though Valtteri Bottas was unable to set a lap in Q3 in 2018 after crashing out.
WINS: 1, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 4, FINISH RATE: 67% | 2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 3rd, GASLY 11th
Sebastian Vettel’s victory here in 2011 remains Red Bull’s only win at the Australian Grand Prix. Until 2019, Vettel had also scored the team’s only podium finishes at the Albert Park circuit, with second place in 2012 and third in 2013. Max Verstappen recorded Red Bull’s first podium at the circuit in six years in 2019, with a third place finish. Daniel Ricciardo had finished second on track for the team in 2014, but was later disqualified. As a result of that disqualification, 2014 is one of only two times when neither Red Bull was classified in the final result – the other time being in 2008. 2014 is also their only point-less Melbourne visit from the last ten races.
Red Bull have taken three pole positions here, all courtesy of Sebastian Vettel, and have locked out the front row twice, in 2010 and 2013. Daniel Ricciardo’s front row qualification in 2014 is the most recent occasion on which a Red Bull car has qualified on the front row at Albert Park, while no driver has lined up better than fourth on the grid with the team in the last five races at the track. From the past ten races at the circuit, there have been only four occasions on which a Red Bull driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at Albert Park. Vettel and Daniil Kvyat were eliminated in Q2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively, while Kvyat and Pierre Gasly were out in Q1 in 2016 and 2019.
WINS: 8, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 19, FINISH RATE: 73% | 2019 RESULT: VETTEL 4th, LECLERC 5th
Ferrari have won two of the last three Australian Grands Prix, with 2019 marking the first time since 2014 that neither Ferrari driver finished on the podium at Albert Park. With eight wins in total, Ferrari have taken more victories at Albert Park than any other team. With there being just one occasion in the past twelve Albert Park races where the team have failed to pick up a point, it’s perhaps no surprise that Ferrari are the most prolific points scorers in Melbourne. In fact, Ferrari’s 2006 double-DNF at the track is the only other time they’ve failed to score at the circuit.
2006 and 2012 are the only years on which both Ferrari cars have failed to reach the final part of qualifying in Melbourne, while 2007, 2008 and 2014 are the only years where just one Ferrari has reached Q3. For four seasons between 2001 and 2004, Ferrari locked out the front row. Since then however, there have been just three occasions when a Ferrari car has qualified on the front row. Only one of those occasions saw a Ferrari driver qualify on pole. That happened in 2007, when Kimi Raikkonen took pole on his Ferrari début.
WINS: 6, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 18, FINISH RATE: 69% | 2019 RESULT: NORRIS 12th, SAINZ DNF
The last Mercedes-powered McLaren podium finishes in their first stint with the engine manufacturer came at Albert Park in 2014, when Kevin Magnussen finished an impressive second on début, while Jenson Button was bumped up to third in the final result.
Their impressive tally of 18 podiums at the track leaves them behind only Ferrari’s total, while the team are also second in the all-time win list in Melbourne, having taken six victories. Button remains McLaren’s most recent winner at the circuit, having won for the team in both 2010 and 2012.
The 1998 race at Albert Park marks the team’s only 1-2 finish at the track, though they’ve also had 1-3 finishes in 1997, 2003 and 2012. The team have recorded double non-finishes in three years here, in 1999, 2000 and most recently in 2009, when Heikki Kovalainen failed to finish and Lewis Hamilton was disqualified. While 2018 marked a return to the points in Melbourne for McLaren for the first time since 2014, they failed to pick up a point in 2019, with Lando Norris finishing twelfth and Carlos Sainz retiring.
McLaren have taken five poles at Albert Park, most recently in 2012, and have locked-out the front row on four occasions. Since their last front-row lockout in 2012, however, there have been only three occasions that a McLaren driver has reached Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix. Jenson Button qualified tenth in 2013, Kevin Magnussen qualified fourth in 2014 and Lando Norris qualified eighth in 2019. 2015 was a particularly low point – seventeenth and eighteenth marked the team’s only double Q1 elimination in Australia.
WINS: 2*, POLES: 1*, PODIUMS: 6*, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: HULKENBERG 7th, RICCIARDO DNF
Under their former Renault guise, Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh with the Enstone-based team at the Australian Grand Prix in each of the last two Albert Park races. Renault won the Australian Grand Prix in their championship-winning seasons of 2005 and 2006, while Giancarlo Fisichella took their only pole here in 2005. In addition, the Enstone team enjoyed a victory under their previous Lotus guise at the hands of Kimi Raikkonen in 2013; though they also recorded two double DNFs in the following two seasons.
In 2018, Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz made it the first occasion since 2013 that both of Team Enstone’s drivers have picked up points at Albert Park. 2018 also saw both cars reach Q3 for the first time at Albert Park since 2015 (and the first time for Renault since 2006), while 2019 was the team’s first double Q2 elimination at the circuit.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT 10th, ALBON 14th
This will be the Red Bull junior team’s first appearance at the Australian Grand Prix with their AlphaTauri name. Toro Rosso’s best result at the Australian Grand Prix is seventh, which Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastien Buemi both achieved in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The team have a healthy finish rate at the event, and there is yet to be a race at Albert Park at which both cars have failed to finish. There have been four occasions on which both cars have scored points in Melbourne, including three times in the past six races at Albert Park. There have been only five seasons in which the team have failed to score at the circuit, most recently in 2018. In 2019, both cars reached the end of the race, with Daniil Kvyat scoring a point in tenth place.
Max Verstappen’s fifth on the grid for Toro Rosso in 2015 is the team’s best qualifying result so far at this circuit. The team have reached Q3 with both cars three times, in 2014, 2016 and 2017, the latter being the last time that either of their cars has reached the final part of qualifying at Albert Park. In 2018, Toro Rosso recorded their first double Q1 exit in Melbourne since 2009. 2007 is the only other year that both cars were eliminated in the first part of qualifying. In 2019, both drivers were eliminated in Q2.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 79% | 2019 RESULT: STROLL 9th, PEREZ 13th
This will be Aston Martin’s first appearance at Albert Park. The Silverstone-based team have recently enjoyed a good finish rate at the Australian Grand Prix, though Sergio Perez recorded their first DNF since 2012 at the circuit in 2019. Between 1996 and 2012, there were only three occasions on which Team Silverstone’s cars reached the chequered flag. 2018 is the only time from the last ten Australian Grands Prix that the team have left the circuit without a point. Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place finish here in 2014 is the best result for the team since becoming Force India – and a result that was bettered only twice by Jordan: with Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s second and fifth places in 1999 and 2001.
The Silverstone team have a low Q3 appearance rate at Albert Park. From their last 34 entries, they have qualified in the top ten only seven times. Nico Hulkenberg’s seventh place for Force India in 2014 was the team’s best qualifying result at the circuit since Heinz-Harald Frentzen qualified fourth for Jordan in 2001. In 2019, Sergio Perez recorded the team’s first top ten qualification since 2016. 2016 is the only season since 2001 in which both of the team’s cars qualified in the top ten.
WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 8, FINISH RATE: 60% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 16th, KUBICA 17th
Williams were the first ever winners at the Albert Park circuit in the modern era of Formula 1, as Damon Hill took victory at the 1996 event. It’s the only time so far that the team have taken a win in Melbourne. The 1996 race weekend is also memorable for Jacques Villeneuve’s debut with the team, in which he took pole and led the majority of the race. The Canadian once again took pole in the following season for Williams, marking their second, and so far final, front row lock-out at Albert Park. In total, Williams have taken eight podium finishes at this circuit, their most recent being Nico Rosberg’s third place in 2008. The team have recorded three double DNFs here, and there have been eight races at the track in which they’ve failed to score. That tally includes both 2018 and 2019.
After a four year streak of Q3 appearances at Albert Park, in each of the last two races at the circuit, neither Williams driver has reached Q3. 2019 marked the first time that both Williams cars have been eliminated in Q1 at the Albert Park circuit. Double Q3 appearances for the team at Albert Park have been rare, with both cars reaching the final part of qualifying in only 2014 and 2015. That said, until 2019, the team had only three Q1 exits at the track – Pastor Maldonado in 2013, Lance Stroll in 2017 and Sergey Sirotkin in 2018. From the past 14 races at Albert Park, the team have qualified in the top four only once, with Felipe Massa qualifying third in 2015.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1*, FINISH RATE: 58% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 8th, GIOVINAZZI 15th
The team formerly known as Sauber scored their only podium finish at Albert Park in 2008, when Nick Heidfeld finished as runner-up. The team has the second-lowest finish rate of current teams at the track, and has seen one of their cars retire in three of the past four Australian Grands Prix. Under their new Alfa Romeo guise, Kimi Raikkonen picked up the team’s first points at the track in 2019 since both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finished the race in the top eight in 2015. 2001, 2006 and 2012 are the only other occasions on which both Sauber drivers scored in the race here; both finished in the top ten in 2011 but were disqualified after the event for technical infringements.
The best qualifying result for a Sauber car in Melbourne is second on the grid, again achieved by Nick Heidfeld in 2008. Kimi Raikkonen finally ended a seven-year drought of no Q3 appearances for the team by qualifying ninth in 2019. With Antonio Giovinazzi being eliminated in Q2, it was the first season since 2012 that neither of the team’s drivers had a Q1 exit at Albert Park. The team recorded double Q1 eliminations in 2016 and 2018. 2008 is the last time both of their cars reached Q3.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 25% | 2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 6th, GROSJEAN DNF
A Haas car has only ever reached the end of the Australian Grand Prix twice. It happened on the team’s maiden F1 appearance, when Romain Grosjean finished an impressive sixth and Kevin Magnussen equalled that result in 2019. All of Haas’ other entries to the race have resulted in retirements. Most notably, Grosjean and Magnussen were running in fourth and fifth in 2018 when they retired following wheelnut issues in their pit stops. The team have the lowest finish rate of any current team, and the third-lowest finish rate of any team to have ever competed at Albert Park, ahead of only HRT and Stewart.
Romain Grosjean has qualified in sixth here for Haas in all of the last three Albert Park races, and started within the top five in 2018 thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s grid penalty. Kevin Magnussen has also qualified seventh in each of the last two Australian Grands Prix, making 2018 and 2019 the only years that Haas have reached Q3 with both cars at Albert Park. The team suffered a double Q1 elimination in 2016, and Magnussen was eliminated in Q1 in 2017.
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.
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