From gear changes to corner speeds and pit straights to tips for our gaming community, our all-new track guide is the home of F1 geekery.
Swot up on the stats and facts from the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
|Track length||5.303km/3.295 miles (12th longest track of the year – longest: Spa-Francorchamps, shortest: Monaco)|
|2016 pole position||Lewis Hamilton 1m23.837s|
|2016 fastest lap||Daniel Ricciardo 1m28.997s (lap 49)|
|Lap record||1:24.125s (Michael Schumacher, 2004)|
|Distance to Turn One||350m/0.217 miles (longest of season: Barcelona, 730m/0.454 miles)|
|Longest straight||860m/0.534 miles (longest of the season: China, 1.17km/0.727 miles)|
|Top speed||300 km/h/186 mph, on the approach to Turn One (fastest of season: Monza, 350km/h/217mph)|
|Full throttle||70 per cent (up 10 per cent on last year)|
|Fastest corner||250km/h (155 mph), Turns 11/12|
|Slowest corner||90km/h (56 mph), Turn 15|
|Gear changes||55 per lap/3,190 per race|
Getting the front tyres to switch on. There are very few long corners around the lap to generate the necessary tyre temperature.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
They ride the kerbs, which are relatively smooth and need to be used to maximise the track width.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Braking for Turn One. A bump in the middle of the braking zone destabilises the car and makes it easy to lock a wheel.
Maximum downforce and enough ground clearance to ride the bumps.
Low. This is a street circuit, used just once a year, and it’s very slippery until some rubber gets laid down during practice. Drivers also need to be wary of the negative camber, particularly at corner exit.
Purple Ultrasoft, red Supersoft and yellow Soft.
High. There are seven braking zones, where the cars will be slowing from more than 230km/h (143mph). The extra weight this year – minimum, including driver, is 722kg – will add to wear rates over a race distance.
Medium. There aren’t many straights along which to cool the car’s complex hybrid systems.
Tips if you're a gamer
We're expecting dry conditions at Albert Park this weekend, so here's a few car set up tips if you're planning your very own race sim, courtesy of the Codemasters gaming community.
The following gaming tips are most suited to the Codemasters F1 2016 game:
Front Wing Angle: 8
Rear Wing Angle: 7
Front Suspension: 11
Rear Suspension: 8
Front Anti-Roll Bar: 10
Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 1
Front Ride Height: 7
Rear Ride Height: 7
Brake Pressure: 85%
Front Brake Bias: 59%
Front Tyre Pressure: 23
Rear Tyre Pressure: 21.1