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Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2013

Circuit information
CircuitAlbert Park
LocationMelbourne
CountryAustralia
TimezoneGMT +11:00
Race debut1996
Laps58
Length5.303 km
Distance307.574 km
Line offset0.000 km

Event overview

Formula One’s season opening race absolutely has to deliver in terms of excitement and fulfilling the anticipation. The build up to the new year starts early, with launches and testing, leading to practice and qualifying, until finally, the drivers are lining up to kick off the first race of a brand new season - the first chance to prove their worth, to examine the reliability and potential of the new machinery, to get some very useful points on the board early.

The tricky Albert Park circuit is the perfect destination to kick things off. It’s hard enough to provide a challenge for the drivers, but not so demanding that they are thrown in right at the deep end. With a hugely engaged and excitable crowd filling the grandstands, and a track nestling amongst the lush parklands under bright and sunny skies, the weekend offers up a picturesque start to the year.

Grip is a key consideration, as the roads are used throughout the year by the public. Starting out slippery and green, the track evolves rapidly throughout the weekend, as rubber goes down and grip levels go up. Dirt is an issue to start with, and debris from the surrounding trees and parkland can make its way onto the tarmac and into the cars, but with plenty of support racing, the track is cleaned up reasonably quickly.

With just a couple of straights and a majority of high speed sections, there are only a few slower corners to break up the rhythm and pace of a lap. Brake balance is key as the drivers learn every inch of their new cars, and start working on the ideal setup for the rest of the season. Mistakes are punished, with drivers having to work around the high kerbing and avoid the gravel traps as much as possible.

Learn more about Albert Park with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
15 MarFridayFree Practice 101:30
GMT +00:00
12:30
GMT +11:00
Free Practice 205:30
GMT +00:00
16:30
GMT +11:00
16 MarSaturdayFree Practice 303:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT +11:00
Qualifying06:00
GMT +00:00
17:00
GMT +11:00
17 MarSundayGrand Prix06:00
GMT +00:00
17:00
GMT +11:00

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