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Australian GP

8 Apr 2022 - 10 Apr 2022

The 2022 F1 Australian GP is the third race on the calendar for the ongoing season. The race weekend starts on Friday, April 08, when Free Practice 1 commences, and will run through until Sunday, April 10, when the chequered flag falls.


Albert Park Circuit is set to host an F1 Grand Prix after a three-year-long hiatus, with the sport having last raced in the country in 2019, while the 2020 edition was canceled following the global outbreak of COVID-19.


Traditionally, Australia hosted the inaugural race of the season, but for the last two seasons, Bahrain has taken over the role.


The Venue


Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Type: Semi-permanent Street Circuit

Circuit Length: 5.279 km (3.280 mi)

First race held: 1996 (Albert Park)


The venue for the 2022 F1 Australian GP is the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Victoria – a semi-permanent street circuit built around Albert Park Lake. The circuit features an equal number of high-speed and low-speed corners and is considered quite easy to drive.


Purpose-built for the inaugural event in 1996, the Albert Park Circuit has often been criticized for its lack of overtaking potential. In order to address the problems, the venue has been extensively modified over the last few months.


The newly revamped track features 16 turns and is expected to be much faster than the previous layout. Some of the modifications include turning the erstwhile chicane at turns 9 and 10 into a fast, sweeping complex. This is aimed at increasing overtaking opportunities heading into the faster turns 11 and 12, which are immediately followed by a DRS zone.


The new layout features 26 turns and two DRS sections, and the average speed throughout the circuit is expected to increase by 30 kmph (18.64 mph) compared to the previous layout. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton managed an average speed in excess of 235 kmph (146 mph) during his pole lap in 2019.


Furthermore, the new modifications are also expected to make the lap times much faster. Currently, Michael Schumacher holds the race lap record at the circuit with a 1:24:125, set with his Ferrari F2004 at the 2004 Australian GP.


While many parts of the circuit have been modified and resurfaced, Albert Park can be quite bumpy due to it being a temporary facility. The circuit is often slippery on Friday to a lack of running, and hence grip tends to build over the weekend as the track rubbers in.


The track features little to no elevation changes, but still requires a well-balanced chassis, with an emphasis on front-end grip.



Videos
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"I still believe it’s the best place for me because it’s where I’ve grown up"- Lando Norris hits back at critics who opposed his decision of staying at McLaren

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Williams F1 fined $25000 for breaching FIA budget cap rules

Williams F1 fined $25000 for breaching FIA budget cap rules

"Everything is a mess at the moment" for Fernando Alonso after Melbourne crash
"Everything is a mess at the moment" for Fernando Alonso after Melbourne crash

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"If we had a better car, we would not have these issues" - Aston Martin defends Lance Stroll following 2022 F1 Australian GP penalties
"If we had a better car, we would not have these issues" - Aston Martin defends Lance Stroll following 2022 F1 Australian GP penalties

"If we had a better car, we would not have these issues" - Aston Martin defends Lance Stroll following 2022 F1 Australian GP penalties

"Rosberg left with his tail between his legs" - George Russell can handle pressure better than former Mercedes world champion, says Dutch racing driver
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"We seem to like it, and I don't know what it is about it" - Alex Albon claims Williams is 'getting better and better' on hard F1 tires
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"Their desire to win and improve performance is the same" - Alpine boss likens Fernando Alonso to Sebastian Vettel
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"Their desire to win and improve performance is the same" - Alpine boss likens Fernando Alonso to Sebastian Vettel

"I need two top guys in the car to be in the fight" - McLaren feels Daniel Ricciardo is delivering 'same performance' as that of Lando Norris
"I need two top guys in the car to be in the fight" - McLaren feels Daniel Ricciardo is delivering 'same performance' as that of Lando Norris

"I need two top guys in the car to be in the fight" - McLaren feels Daniel Ricciardo is delivering 'same performance' as that of Lando Norris

"Beating Verstappen is already tough" - Former Ferrari F1 driver wants Mattia Binotto to 'give precise orders' in championship fight
"Beating Verstappen is already tough" - Former Ferrari F1 driver wants Mattia Binotto to 'give precise orders' in championship fight

"Beating Verstappen is already tough" - Former Ferrari F1 driver wants Mattia Binotto to 'give precise orders' in championship fight

"If Zhou was in front, that point was for us" - Alfa Romeo faced tire trouble while pushing their rookie driver into the points at F1 Australian GP
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"If Zhou was in front, that point was for us" - Alfa Romeo faced tire trouble while pushing their rookie driver into the points at F1 Australian GP

"We will improve during the season" - Alpine confident of giving Fernando Alonso a competitive piece of machinery
"We will improve during the season" - Alpine confident of giving Fernando Alonso a competitive piece of machinery

"We will improve during the season" - Alpine confident of giving Fernando Alonso a competitive piece of machinery

"The picture is still very unclear" - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confused by F1's engine cost cap rule and how it could apply to new entrants
"The picture is still very unclear" - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confused by F1's engine cost cap rule and how it could apply to new entrants

"The picture is still very unclear" - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confused by F1's engine cost cap rule and how it could apply to new entrants

"I’ve already set goals in my head" - Daniel Ricciardo eyeing two wins with McLaren in 2022 F1 season
"I’ve already set goals in my head" - Daniel Ricciardo eyeing two wins with McLaren in 2022 F1 season

"I’ve already set goals in my head" - Daniel Ricciardo eyeing two wins with McLaren in 2022 F1 season

"It was actually nice to have two weekends off in a row" - Lando Norris reveals what he thinks is the ideal number of races in an F1 season
"It was actually nice to have two weekends off in a row" - Lando Norris reveals what he thinks is the ideal number of races in an F1 season

"It was actually nice to have two weekends off in a row" - Lando Norris reveals what he thinks is the ideal number of races in an F1 season

"He needs to be ready when the day comes" - Alpine ready to loan Oscar Piastri if it means he gets an F1 seat
"He needs to be ready when the day comes" - Alpine ready to loan Oscar Piastri if it means he gets an F1 seat

"He needs to be ready when the day comes" - Alpine ready to loan Oscar Piastri if it means he gets an F1 seat

"It makes a bad impression" - Red Bull issues 'shouldn't really happen', says F1 expert
"It makes a bad impression" - Red Bull issues 'shouldn't really happen', says F1 expert

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"We're still trying to understand the car" - Nicholas Latifi caught off guard by Williams' unpredictability in 2022 F1 season
"We're still trying to understand the car" - Nicholas Latifi caught off guard by Williams' unpredictability in 2022 F1 season

"We're still trying to understand the car" - Nicholas Latifi caught off guard by Williams' unpredictability in 2022 F1 season

"The important thing is just to come back to try and be more perfect" - Carlos Sainz hoping to improve with Ferrari after disappointing Australian GP
"The important thing is just to come back to try and be more perfect" - Carlos Sainz hoping to improve with Ferrari after disappointing Australian GP

"The important thing is just to come back to try and be more perfect" - Carlos Sainz hoping to improve with Ferrari after disappointing Australian GP

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