F1 Australian Grand Prix 2023: Dates, schedule, driver grid, track and everything you need to know about the Melbourne Formula 1 race
Lewis Hamilton is set to give former F1 race director Michael Masi the cold shoulder this weekend as the Australian makes his first return to a Grand Prix since leaving the FIA.
Masi was in charge in 2021 during the controversial finale to the season in Abu Dhabi where Hamilton and Max Verstappen were duelling for the championship.
The Australian was sacked from his role as race director in the aftermath of the Abu Dhabi debacle and was appointed the chairman of the Supercars Commission after returning home.
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Despite Masi paying for his decision that cost Hamilton an eighth world title, the Briton suggested he’s still not forgiven the Aussie for his controversial call.
“I don’t (plan to),” Hamilton told reporters when asked if he would speak to Masi this weekend.
“I am just focused on my future. I am focused on trying to get back to winning. There is nothing to say”.
When does the race start?
The cars will take to the track when the first practice session runs from 12.30pm to 1.30pm (AEDT) on Friday. It will be followed second practice from 4pm to 5pm.
The third practice session will be held on Saturday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, with qualifying beginning at 4pm.
The race gets underway on Sunday at 3pm and run for roughly two hours.
How do I watch practice, qualifying and the race?
The Australian Grand Prix is on both free-to-air and pay TV.
Channel Ten’s coverage begins at 11.30am (AEDT) on Friday, with the telecast starting at 10am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday.
The race will also be televised on Fox Sports and the Kayo Sports streaming service.
SESSION TIMES (all times local)
Thursday, March 30
5.40pm – 6.30pm: Supercars Race 1 (22 laps)
Friday, March 31
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Formula 1 Practice 1
2.00pm – 2.30pm: Formula 3 Qualifying
2.50pm – 3.30pm: Supercars Race 2 (17 laps)
4pm – 5pm: Formula 1 Practice 2
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Formula 2 Qualifying
Saturday, April 1
10.45am – 11.30am: Formula 3 Sprint Race (20 laps)
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Formula 1 Practice 3
2.20pm – 3.10pm: Formula 2 Sprint Race (23 laps)
4pm – 5pm: Formula 1 Qualifying
5.25pm – 6pm: Supercars Race 3 (14 laps)
Sunday, April 2
9.05am – 9.55am: Formula 3 Feature Race (23 laps)
10.20am – 10.55am: Supercars Race 4 (13 laps)
11.35am – 12.40pm: Formula 2 Feature Race (33 laps)
1pm – 1.30pm: Formula 1 drivers’ parade
3pm – 5pm: Formula 1 race (58 laps)
Who won last year’s Australian Grand Prix?
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took out last year’s Australian Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez and George Russell rounding out the podium. It was Leclerc’s first win in Australia, and Ferrari’s first since Sebastian Vettel took out the 2018 edition of the race.
Red Bull comes in as red-hot favourites for the victory. However, the team hasn’t won in Melbourne since 2011 with Sebastian Vettel.
Below are all the past winners since 2016
2022 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
2021 – No race due to Covid-19 pandemic
2020 – No race due to Covid-19 pandemic
2019 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2018 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2017 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 — Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2015 — Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014 — Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013 — Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault)
2012 — Jenson Button (McLaren)
2011 — Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2010 — Jenson Button (McLaren)
2009 — Jenson Button (Brawn)
2008 — Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2007 — Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2006 — Fernando Alonso (Renault)
Who is leading the Formula 1 this season?
Two-time defending champion Max Verstappen currently leads the pack heading into the Australian Grand Prix.
Verstappen has 44 points and is one ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.
Below are the full drivers’ standings from this season so far.
1st – Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 44
2nd – Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 43
3rd – Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), 30
4th – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 20
5th – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 20
6th – George Russell (Mercedes), 20
7th – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), 8
8th – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 6
9th – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), 4
10th – Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 4
11th – Pierre Gasly (Alpine), 4
12th – Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 1
13th – Alexander Albon (Williams), 1
Who has won the Australian Grand Prix the most?
F1 legend Michael Schumacher still holds the record for most wins at Albert Park having won the race four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004).
Lewis Hamilton has the most wins out of active drivers, having won the race twice in 2008 and 2015.
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