2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
Between 1985 and ’95, the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide became the venue for F1’s seasonal finale. However, since moving to Melbourne in 1996, Australia has become F1’s usual curtain-raiser, and its laidback and welcoming vibe make it the perfect location once again to kick off the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Situated in the seaside suburb of St Kilda, Albert Park is a temporary street track that invariably produces unpredictable and exciting racing. The reasons for this are manifold: the grand prix circus arrives after a winter of hibernation with form still uneven and difficult to read; factor in the dusty and constantly evolving track surface, the proximity of the barriers, a series of challenging high-speed corners and the constant threat of autumnal rainshowers and you have all the ingredients for a classic!
The first Australian Grand Prix was in 1985 (Adelaide) / 1996 (Melbourne).
The 2013 winner was Kimi Raikonnen who completed the race in 1:30:03.225. Kimi also completed the fastest lap of 1:29.274, with an average speed of 213.845.
The fastest lap time record is held by Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) in 1m24.125s (226.933km/h).
On 9 March 1997 David Coulthard ended McLaren’s 50-race winless drought with the first victory for engine partner Mercedes-Benz. It’s a symbolic victory, kickstarting the revival of the famous Mercedes Silver Arrows.
McLaren at the Australian Grand Prix : 11 Wins, 10 Pole starts and 8 Fastest lap records.
6 November 1993: despite fears from the team that he would run out of fuel on his final lap, Ayrton Senna secured pole position – his 46th for McLaren. The following day, he drove the active-ride MP4-8 to his 41st and last-ever F1 win.
27 March 2010: A strategic call for dry tyres on a still-damp track was the decisive move for Jenson, who moved from last to first in just 20 laps.