?? THE 2021 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 21. 19th – 21st November.
1056th F1 GRAND PRIX | 85TH AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX | 25TH GRAND PRIX AT ALBERT PARK
2019 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2019 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS
Friday 19th November
Free Practice 1 (12:30pm Local Time/ 1:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (4pm Local Time/ 5am UK Time)
Saturday 20th November
Free Practice 3 (2pm Local Time/ 3am UK Time)
Qualifying (5pm Local Time/ 6am UK Time)
Sunday 21st November
The 2021 Australian Grand Prix (5pm Local Time/ 6am UK Time)
- This will be the 100th Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been team-mates. They overtake David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen as the drivers to have started the second-most races together at the same team. Bottas becomes the 21st driver to have started 100 races with a single team.
- This will be the 25th F1 race held at Albert Park since the circuit joined the calendar in 1996.
- This weekend, Kimi Raikkonen will become the driver to have raced at the Albert Park circuit on the most occasions.
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Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
ALBERT PARK TRACK GUIDE
Albert Park, located just a few miles south of central Melbourne, is the venue of the now traditional season opening Australian Grand Prix. The temporary street circuit sees the cars tear through the park, just inches from the surrounding walls.
The Australian Grand Prix was an event for many years before it became a part of the F1 World Championship. This event moved around tracks in Australia on a yearly basis. One non-championship Grand Prix with F1 machinery was held at Albert Park in 1956, albeit on a very different track to the current layout. The 1956 event was won by Stirling Moss, driving for Maserati. The Australian Grand Prix became a fixture on the F1 calendar in 1985, at Adelaide. The race was run successfully there for eleven seasons.
In 1993, negotiations began to bring the Australian Grand Prix to Melbourne and, after two years of preparations, Formula One took to the streets of a rebuilt Albert Park circuit for the first time for the first race of the 1996 season, much to the dismay of the ‘Save Albert Park’ group. The building of the circuit, even though temporary, required trees to be cut down and some facilities to be removed from the park. The deal was struck mostly thanks to Ron Walker, an Australian business man who held negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone. Following Walker’s death in January 2018, the main straight on the track was renamed the ‘Walker Straight’ in honour of the man who helped to bring the event to the city.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. The drivers appearing in the press conference are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is yet to be announced.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2019 AUSTRALIAN GP RECAP
Despite the pre-season hype for Ferrari domination, Lewis Hamilton clocked up an eighth Australian Grand Prix pole and Valtteri Bottas stormed to the first victory of the 2019 season.
For a sixth consecutive year, Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, while rookie Lando Norris impressed with a top ten grid slot for McLaren. It was Valtteri Bottas who led into the first corner however. Further back, Daniel Ricciardo ran over his own front wing on the run to Turn 1, bringing a premature end to his Renault debut. It was Carlos Sainz who was the first retirement of the season, however, with his Renault engine giving up eleven laps into the proceedings. There was a nightmare stop for Haas who, in a repeat of events twelve months previous, struggled to attach a wheel to Romain Grosjean’s car. The Frenchman later retired. Back on track, Norris found a way past Antonio Giovinazzi after the Alfa Romeo driver had held the McLaren up for multiple laps. Max Verstappen similarly overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, leaving the German open to attack from new team-mate Charles Leclerc; Ferrari eventually telling their new driver to maintain position. A late race battle to set the fastest lap ensued, which Bottas eventually came out on top of on his way to a dominant victory. Team-mate Hamilton finished twenty seconds behind, while Max Verstappen guided Honda to their first podium finish since 2008 on their début outing with Red Bull.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:24.220 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:24.026 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:23.599 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:23.620 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:23.931 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:22.600 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:23.380 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:26.067 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:22.292 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Qualifying||1:22.188 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:21.164 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:20.486 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:26.538 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:25.945 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:25.580 (Valtteri Bottas)|