F1 Australian Grand Prix preview: Previous winners, laps, betting odds, ticket prices for Albert Park


Formula One returns to Australia and Albert Park in Melbourne this weekend much to the delight of fans Down Under.

One of the most recognised circuits on the F1 calendar, the Australian Grand Prix moved to this venue back in 1996 and has witnessed some famous moments ever since.

From Michael Schumacher’s dominance to Mark Webber’s dream home debut in 2002 and three wins in four years for Jenson Button, Albert Park has delivered the goods consistently and more entertainment is promised this weekend.

From circuit stats to previous results, The Sporting News tells you everything you need to know about the Australian Grand Prix and its history.

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Albert Park Circuit facts and layout

  • First Grand Prix hosted: 1996
  • Numbers of laps: 58
  • Circuit length: 5.278km
  • Total race distance: 306.124km
  • Lap record: 1:20.260 by Charles Leclerc in 2022

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Five interesting facts about the Australian Grand Prix

  • Since it was first run back in 1928, 23 different venues have been used to host the Australian Grand Prix.
  • Due to its location in a Melbourne park, it takes around 290,000 man hours every year to erect the track and surroundings.
  • The 2007 Australian Grand Prix was the only time, other than the first F1 race, where every driver on the podium was making their maiden appearance for their team. Kimi Raikkonen won on his Ferrari debut with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton both finishing in the top three for McLaren.
  • No Australian has ever won a home Grand Prix.
  • The lowest starting position from which a driver has won the Australian GP is 11th,  achieved by both David Coulthard in 2003 and Eddie Irvine in 1999.

Full schedule for 2023 Australian Grand Prix

Here’s the full list for the upcoming 2023 Australian Grand Prix, including start times for practice, qualifying and race day.

Date Session Time (ET) Time (BST) Time (AEDT)
Friday, March 31 Practice 1  21:30 (Thurs, Mar 30) 02:30 12:30
Friday, March 31 Practice 2 01:00 06:00 16:00
Saturday, April 1 Practice 3 21:30 (Fri, March 31) 02:30 12:30
Saturday, April 1 Qualifying 01:00 06:00 16:00
Sunday, April 2 Race 01:00 06:00 16:00

F1 2023 Australian Grand Prix ticket prices, availability 

Despite most of the tickets for this year’s Australian Grand Prix already being sold out, there are some options left for F1 lovers.

Fans can still purchase a four-day Park Pass for $250, while tickets for Friday’s practice sessions can still be picked up for $105 for many of the track’s grandstands.

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F1 2023 Australian Grand Prix TV channel, live stream

List of TV providers for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. 

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV Channel Sky Sports F1 ESPN/ABC TSN (English); RDS (French) Fox Sports

List of live stream providers for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. 

  UK USA Canada Australia
Live Stream NOW TV / Sky Go app ESPN+, Fubo TSN Direct Kayo

Odds for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix

Just like on the first two race days of the season, Max Verstappen is the heavy favourite for this next race in Melbourne, just ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

The pair are followed by Spanish veteran Fernando Alonso, who the bookmakers currently favour ahead of the rest of the pack with Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and George Russell all following quite a distant back.

Full list of odds for drivers to win the 2023 Australian Grand Prix

Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), Neds (Australia) and Dafabet (India). Odds correct as of March 28. 

Driver BetMGM Sports
SkyBet Neds Dafabet
Max Verstappen -118 1.35 1/3 1.36 1.35
Sergio Perez  +350 4.01 4/1 5.50 5.25
Fernando Alonso +500 9.00 9/1 9.00 9.00
Lance Stroll +1000 50.00 100/1 81.00 101.00
Charles Leclerc +1200 11.00 20/1 17.00 19.00
Carlos Sainz +2500 15.00 40/1 34.00 41.00
George Russell +2500 27.00 40/1 34.00 34.00
Lewis Hamilton +2500 23.00 25/1 23.00 26.00
Lando Norris +8000 751.00 750/1 751 901
Esteban Ocon +8000 257.00 250/1 251 401
Pierre Gasly +8000 257.00 250/1 251 401
Oscar Piastri +8000 751.00 1000/1 751 901
Kevin Magnussen +15000 1001.00 1000/1 1501 1251
Nico Hulkenberg +15000 1001.00 1000/1 1501 1251
Alex Albon +15000 2001.00 1500/1 1501 1501
Zhou Guanyu +20000 2001.00 1000/1 2001 2001
Valtteri Bottas +20000 1001.00 1000/1 2001 2001
Nyck de Vries +25000 2001.00 2000/1 2001 2001
Yuki Tsunoda +25000 2001.00 2000/1 2001 2001
Logan Sargeant +25000 2001.00 2000/1 2001 2001

Past winners at the Australian Grand Prix 

Here’s a list of the previous 20 race winners by driver and constructor. The Australian Grand Prix was first held all the way back in 1928 before it first appeared of the official F1 calendar in 1985.

Ferrari have won this race the most times of any constructor with 13, while Michael Schumacher holds the most race victories of any driver during the F1 era with four. 

Year Winning Driver Winning Constructor
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2003 David Coulthard McLaren
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2005 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault
2007 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2010 Jenson Button McLaren
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2012 Jenson Button McLaren
2013 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
2014 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2018 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2019 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2020 Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic  
2021 Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic  
2022 Charles Leclerc Ferrari

Weather for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix

Over the years the Australian Grand Prix has experienced all kinds of different weather from hot and sunny conditions to heavy rain with strong gusts.

This time around it looks like Albert Park is set for mixed conditions throughout the race weekend.

Latest reports suggest that we could see spells of rain for practice, though both qualifying and the race should be largely dry with a risk of showers.

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