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Australia 2010 - Race information // Get ready for the next F1 race in Melbourne with times, weather and more

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We're about ready to put the Bahrain GP behind us and turn our attention full force to the race in Australia. We're already getting reports from our field commentors, who are busy spotting drivers and having breakfast. The weekend will be an important one - to buck up our spirits about the regulations or doom the year to boredom. Let's hope it is the former!

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The weather

The long ranger weather forecast is showing the possibility of some heavy rain, which would certainly throw some more unknowns into the weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday all look to be affected, so if it comes to pass, we might not see a single dry session.

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The circuit

After the dry, dusty Sakhir circuit, we're into the lush surroundings of Melbourne, where the drivers get to meander through the trees and take in the sights of the park. Maybe.

Circuit Information
LocationAlbert Park
TimezoneGMT +11
First Race1996
Total Grand Prix14
Laps58
Length5.303 km
Circuit Records
Pole Position1m 24.408sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Fastest Lap1m 24.125sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Race Time1hr 24m 15.757sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Australia Circuit Map
Australia Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Event schedule

An F1 weekend comprises of events spanning three days. Action begins on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Event Schedule
DaySessionStart Time (GMT)Start Time (Local)
FridayFree Practice 101:3012:30
Free Practice 205:3016:30
SaturdayFree Practice 303:0014:00
Qualifying06:0017:00
SundayDrivers Parade05:3015:30
The Race06:00 (07:00 GMT+01:00)17:00

Support races for this event include V8 Supercars, Mini Challenge and the Australian GT Championship.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (GMT)Time (Local)Attendees
Thursday04:0015:00Vitaly Petrov
Bruno Senna
Jarno Trulli
Mark Webber
Friday05:0016:00Ross Brawn
Stefano Domenicali
Christian Horner
Martin Whitmarsh
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Podcast schedule

Sidepodcast provides comprehensive coverage of every Grand Prix weekend with free audio podcasts.

Podcast Schedule
DayShowRelease Time (GMT)
WednesdayF1 Digest Preview21:00
F1Minute21:00
ThursdayF1Minute21:00
FridayF1Minute21:00
SaturdayF1Minute20:00
F1 Digest21:00
SundayF1Minute20:00
MondayF1 Digest21:00
F1Minute21:00
F1 Debrief21:00

Following live

A thread will be created on Sidepodcast.com for every session and every thread is live enabled, meaning you can follow along and contribute to the conversation without refreshing the page.

Additionally, for every session this weekend we'll be providing up-to-the-minute F1 information via the all new Factbyte Factbox.

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