2022 Australian Grand Prix Weekend Information

1060th F1 GRAND PRIX | 85th AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX | 25th GRAND PRIX AT ALBERT PARK

2019 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2019 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS


Australia is back on the Formula 1 calendar in 2022 after a two year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Albert Park circuit has had a makeover since the sport’s last visit to Melbourne. The 2022 Australian Grand Prix takes place on April 7-10.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 8th April
Free Practice 1 – 1pm Local Time/ 4am UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 4pm Local Time/ 7am UK Time

Saturday 9th April
Free Practice 3 – 1pm Local Time/ 4am UK Time
Qualifying – 4pm Local Time/ 7am UK Time

Sunday 10th April
The 2022 Australian Grand Prix – 3pm Local Time/ 6am UK Time


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This will be the 25th Formula 1 race held at Albert Park. The circuit becomes the fourteenth to have hosted 25 World Championship events.

  • This will be the first time that the Australian Grand Prix has taken place but not as the season opener since 2010. 2006 is the only other Albert Park race which was not the first race of the season.

  • Lap fourteen of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix will be the 1,400th Grand Prix lap raced at Albert Park.

  • This weekend will mark Fernando Alonso’ seventeenth appearance at Albert Park. He equals Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have made the most starts at the track. If he completes 27 laps of the race, Alonso would be the first driver to complete 900 racing laps at the venue.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO ALBERT PARK?

Lots has changed at Albert Park since F1’s last visit. The circuit has been reconfigured in a bid to increase overtaking opportunities. The track has been widened at Turns 1, 3, 6, 13 and 15, while the old Turn 9 and 10 chicane has been removed to create a much faster section of track. The circuit changes are expected to lower lap times by around five seconds.


HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX?

In a Formula 1 first, there will be four DRS activation zones at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. There are two detection points – located between Turns 6 & 7 and between Turns 12 & 13. The activation zones are on the main straight, between Turns 2 & 3, between Turns 8 & 9 and between Turns 10 & 11.


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.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:

  • Group 1: Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon
  • Group 2: Zhou Guanyu, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, George Russell, Sergio Perez
  • Group 3: Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Nicholas Latifi
  • Group 4: Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Otmar Szafnauer (Alpine), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Andreas Seidl (McLaren) and Christian Horner (Red Bull).


WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?

Niels Wittich will be the Race Director at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.


WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?

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 Enrique Bernoldi.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?

In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.


WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX?

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.


WHAT’S THE FASTEST EVER LAP HERE?


RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION AT ALBERT PARK

Session 2017 2018 2019
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)

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