Laps 58 laps
Start time 16:00hrs local / 06:00hrs BST
With the Australian Grand Prix just hours away, we get you race-ready with our must-read facts on 58 laps around Melbourne's Albert Park.
The left-hand-side holds an advantage because it’s situated on the cleaner, racing line. There’s another advantage to be had from starting on the grippier, Option tyre, which provides a four-metre advantage over the Prime tyre away from the line.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Three. But neither is very long, making them relatively ineffective.
Don’t put the kettle on…
During the pitstops. Pirelli’s tyres are more durable this year, meaning one-stop strategies should be the norm in Melbourne. The timing of those stops will be governed by traffic. Full world championship points will be awarded after 75 per cent distance/43.5 laps.
280m/0.714 miles (longest of the season: Interlagos, 380m/0.236 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 21s, which is relatively short and opens up strategy options should more than one pitstop be necessary.
48 per cent, which is a relatively high probability. The highest number of Safety Car periods in this race is four, in 2006.
Watch out for…
The weather. Melbourne’s coastal location means the weather can change very quickly, from sun to rain and from warm to cold. Qualifying in 2014 was rain-affected.