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Australia 2023! Everything You Need To Know...

Updated: Apr 2

G'day F1 fans! It's that time of the year where the race is down under and our sleep schedules are wrecked.


This week in Melbourne will be extra special for the McLaren rookie, Oscar Piastri, as it's his first home race in F1.


This post will be updated regularly over the weekend.

 

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Australia Schedule

About The Track

Free Practice Updates

Qualifying Updates

Pre-race Penalties

The Race

Any Other News

Championship Standings

 

Australia Schedule (BST)


Friday 31st March 2023:

Free Practice 1: 02:30-03:30

Free Practice 2: 06:00-07:00


Saturday 1st April 2023:

Free Practice 3: 02:30-03:30

Qualifying: 06:00-07:00


Sunday 2nd April:

The Race: 06:00

 

About The Track


  • The Albert Park Circuit was built in 1993, with the first race in Melbourne being held in 1996.

  • The circuit has 2 DRS zones.

  • The race will have 58 laps of the 5.278km circuit.

  • The lap record was set by Charles Leclerc in 2022 at 1:20.260.


Image taken from official F1 website.
 

Free Practice Updates


Free Practice 1 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P18. 1:20.419. Completed 21 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P19. 1:20.596. Completed 22 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P17. 1:20.399. Completed 14 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P14. 1:19.933. Completed 25 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P16. 1:20.175. Completed 20 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P8. 1:19.646. Completed 22 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P4. 1:19.317. Completed 23 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P10. 1:19.766. Completed 19 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P6. 1:19.505. Completed 20 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P5. 1:19.378. Completed 16 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P20. 1:21.147. Completed 17 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P13. 1:19.806. Completed 19 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P7. 1:19.536. Completed 16 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P12. 1:19.777. Completed 22 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P2. 1:19.223. Completed 20 laps.

  • George Russell: P9. 1:19.699. Completed 23 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:18.790. Completed 17 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P3. 1:19.293. Completed 19 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P11. 1:19.766. Completed 21 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P15. 1:20.074. Completed 21 laps.


Overall Rankings for FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:18.790

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.433

3

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.503

4

Fernando Alonso

Aston MArtin

+0.527

5

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.588

6

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.715

7

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.746

8

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.856

9

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.909

10

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.976

11

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.976

12

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.987

13

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.016

14

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.143

15

Logan Sargeant

Will

+1.284

16

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1.385

17

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.609

18

Valtteri Bottas

Afla Romeo

+1.629

19

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.779

20

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+2.357


Free Practice 2 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P12. 1:20.312. Completed 22 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P15. 1:20.470. Completed 22 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P11. 1:20.206. Completed 18 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P17. 1:20.579. Completed 8 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P6. 1:19.725. Completed 12 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P10. 1:20.206. Completed 12 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P1. 1:18.887. Completed 13 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P16. 1:20.579. Completed 15 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P5. 1:19.695. Completed 12 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P2. 1:19.332. Completed 10 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P19. 1:21.266. Completed 18 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P9. 1:20.194. Completed 19 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P8. 1:20.176. Completed 20 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P14. 1:20.380. Completed 24 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P13. 1:20.323. Completed 17 laps.

  • George Russell: P4. 1:19.672. Completed 20 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P3. 1:19.502. Completed 12 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P7. 1:20.083. Completed 15 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: 1:21.182. Completed 18 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: No time set. The car has a suspected electrical issue which prevented Sargeant from going on the track.


Overall Rankings for FP2:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:18.887

2

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.445

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.615

4

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.785

5

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.808

6

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.838

7

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+1.196

8

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.289

9

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.307

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+1.319

11

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.333

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.425

13

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+1.436

14

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.493

15

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.583

16

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.692

17

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.713

18

Alex Albon

Williams

+2.295

19

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+2.379


Free Practice 3 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P15. 1:18.809. Completed 24 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P10. 1:18.330. Completed 20 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P16. 1:18.901. Completed 22 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P19. 1:19.092. Completed 23 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P3. 1:17.938. Completed 23 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P5. 1:18.094. Completed 23 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P2. 1:17.727. Completed 26 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P9. 1:18.198. Completed 22 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P7. 1:18.127. Completed 29 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P13. 1:18.691. Completed 28 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P18. 1:19.056. Completed 26 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P11. 1:18.410. Completed 24 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P20. 1:19.146. Completed 12 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P14. 1:18.713. Completed 21 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P8. 1:18.138. Completed 25 laps.

  • George Russell: P4. 1:17.955. Completed 23 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:17.565. Completed 24 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P6. 1:18.123. Completed 18 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P12. 1:18.553. Completed 21 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P17. 1:18.947. Completed 20 laps.


Overall Rankings of FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:17.565

2

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.162

3

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.373

4

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.390

5

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.529

6

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.558

7

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.562

8

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.573

9

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.633

10

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.765

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.845

12

Alex Ablon

Williams

+0.988

13

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+1.126

14

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.148

15

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.244

16

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.336

17

Logan Sargeant

Willliams

+1.382

18

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.491

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.527

20

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.581


 

Qualifying Updates


Eliminated in Q1 -


Sergio Perez

Valtteri Bottas

Logan Sargeant

Zhou Guanyu

Oscar Piastri


Eliminated in Q2 -


Esteban Ocon

Yuki Tsunoda

Lando Norris

Kevin Magnussen

Nyck De Vries


Through to Q3 -


Nico Hulkenberg

Max Verstappen

Pierre Gasly

George Russell

Alex Albon

Lewis Hamilton

Charles Leclerc

Fernando Alonso

Lance Stroll

Carlos Sainz



OVERALL RESULT OF QUALIFYING:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1. For the driver's times for Q1, Q2, Q3, see below in 'Qualifying Results by Team'.

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:16.732

2

George Russell

Mercedes

1:16.968

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:17.104

4

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:17.139

5

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:17.270

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:17.308

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:17.369

8

Alex Albon

Williams

1:17.609

9

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:17.675

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

1:17.735

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:17.768

12

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:18.099

13

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:18.119

14

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:18.129

15

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

1:28.335

16

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:18.517

17

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:18.540

18

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:18.557

19

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:18.714

20

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

DNF

Times By Teams -


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P19. Q1 = 1:18.714.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P17. Q1 = 1:18.540.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P12. Q1 = 1:18.471. Q2 = 1:18.099.

  • Nyck De Vries: P15. Q1 = 1:18.450. Q2 = 1:18.335.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P11. Q1 = 1:17.770. Q2 = 1:17.768.

  • Pierre Gasly: P9. Q1 = 1:18.312. Q2 = 1:17.574. Q3 = 1:17.675.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P4. Q1 = 1:17.832. Q2 = 1:17.283. Q3 = 1:17.139.

  • Lance Stroll: P6. Q1 = 1:17.873. Q2 = 1:17.616. Q3 = 1:17.308.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P5. Q1 = 1:17.928. Q2 = 1:17.349. Q3 = 1:17.270.

  • Charles Leclerc: P7. Q1 = 1:18.218. Q2 = 1:17.390. Q3 = 1:17.369.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P14. Q1 = 1:18.159. Q2 = 1:18.129.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P10. Q1 =1:18.029. Q2 = 1:17.412. Q3 = 1:17.735.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P13. Q1 = 1:18.243. Q2 = 1:18.119.

  • Oscar Piastri: P16. Q1 = 1:18.517.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P3. Q1 = 1:17.689. Q2 = 1:17.551. Q3 = 1:17.104.

  • George Russell: P2. Q1 = 1:17.654. Q2 = 1:17.513. Q3 = 1:16.968.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. Q1 = 1:17.384. Q2 = 1:17.056. Q3 = 1:16.732.

  • Sergio Perez: P20. DNF. Perez beached the car at Turn 3 during his first lap.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P8. Q1 = 1:17.962. Q2 = 1:17.761. Q3 = 1:17.675.

  • Logan Sargeant: P18. Q1 = 1:18.557.


 

Pre-race Penalties


Thankfully, no penalties!

 

The Race


Starting Grid -

Position

Driver

Team

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

George Russell

Mercedes

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

4

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

5

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

8

Alex Albon

Williams

9

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

12

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

13

Lando Norris

McLaren

14

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

15

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

16

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

17

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

18

Logan Sargeant

Williams

19

Valtteri Bottas**

Alfa Romeo

20

Sergio Perez*

Red Bull


*Perez starts from the pits due to not setting a time in qualifying.

**Bottas also had to start from pit after the car was modified under parc ferme.


Race Updates -


Lap 1 - George gets an amazing start and overtakes with Hamilton following shit into P2. Charles Leclerc goes off into the gravel and he’s out after being tagged by Stroll on turn 3.


Lap 2 - Safety car out. Ocon pits onto hards.


Lap 3 - Perez pits onto hards. Bottas, Sargeant and Zhou also go into the pits.


Lap 6 - Perez is starting to make his way through the pack, already at P16. Hamilton is starting to gain on his teammate.


Lap 7 - Alex Albon is out, just clipping the corner and spinning out due to oversteer. Safety car out. Russell pits under safety car as does Sainz. Hamilton is the new race leader.


Lap 8 - Red flag. Restart means there is a free pit stop meaning Sainz and Russell’s strategy has been hurt after putting under the safety car and coming out P11 and P7 respectively.


Lap 9 - Restart at 15:33 local time (06:33 BST). Verstappen on the radio reports that Hamilton is more than 10 car lengths behind the safety car on the formation lap. Restart procedure under investigation for both Hamilton and the cars at the back of the pack slowing each other down.


Restart Order:

Hamilton

Verstappen

Alonso

Stroll

Gasly

Hulkenberg

Russell

Tsunoda

Norris

Piastri

Sainz

De Vries

Ocon

Perez

Zhou

Bottas

Sargeant

Magnussen


Lap 10 - Contact for Nyck De Vries with Esteban Ocon, forcing De Vries into the gravel. De Vries didn’t give Ocon enough room, Ocon tried to back out but couldn’t avoid contact.


Lap 12 - Verstappen with the DRS is able to retake his P1 position.


Lap 13 - Russell makes the overtake on Gasly to take P4, with Stroll gaining.


Lap 15 - Sainz goes down the inside of Stroll to take P6.


Lap 18 - Russell DNF’s as his car catches fire. Virtual Safety Car has been deployed and put lane entry is closed as Russell pulls over towards pit exit.


Lap 19 - Green flag.


Lap 21 - Pit lane entry open again.


Lap 22 - Sainz attempts another overtake on Gasly but can’t quite make it.


Lap 25 - Sainz makes a move again on Gasly and takes P4 once again.


Lap 30 - Piastri goes round the outside of Tsunoda and takes P11.


Lap 42 - Perez chases Norris but Norris is fighting him off and don’t extraordinarily well keeping him begging for the last few laps.


Lap 43 - Perez manage to overtake Norris at turn 8.


Lap 47 - De Vries pits for softs.


Lap 52 - Norris finally manages to overtake Hullenberg when Hulkenberg misses the apex in turn 11. Hullenberg then slides through the gravel and is now P9.


Lap 53 - Magnussen loses his rear right wheel after veering wide into the concrete wall. Safety car deployed. Bottas, Zhou, and Piastri pits.


Lap 54 - Hamilton reports a lot of debris on the track.


Lap 55 - 2nd red flag. Lap 56 will be the formation, leaving 57 and 58 of racing laps left with no DRS. Race will resume at 16:56 local time (07:56 BST).


Restart Order:

Verstappen

Hamilton

Alonso

Sainz

Gasly

Stroll

Perez

Norris

Hulkenberg

Ocon

Piastri

Zhou

Tsunoda

Bottas

Sargeant

De Vries


Lap 56 - Formation lap begins.


Lap 57 - Chaos. Sainz makes contact with Alonso, sending Alonso spinning. Ocon and Gasly collide and both end up in the wall. De Vries also ends up getting caught in the thick of the pack and has to DNF. The race is red flagged and will restart at 17:33 local time (08:33 BST).


Restart order:

Verstappen

Hamilton

Alonso

Sainz

Stroll

Perez

Norris

Hulkenberg

Piastri

Zhou

Tsunoda

Bottas


Lap 58 - Race restarts and is completed as a formation lap under the safety car. Sainz is given a 5 second penalty for the contact with Alonso in lap 57, and Nico Hulkenberg breaks down on track during the cool down lap.


Fastest Lap - Perez: 1:20.235


Race Results -

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

Pit Stops

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

3

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.179

3

3

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.769

3

4

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+3.082

3

5

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+3.320

5

6

Lando Norris

McLaren

+3.701

3

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+4.939

3

8

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+5.382

4

9

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+5.713

5

10

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+6.052

4

11

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+6.513

6

12

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+6.594

4

DNFs -

Charles Leclerc

Alex Albon

Kevin Magnussen

Esteban Ocon

Pierre Gasly

Nyck De Vries


Driver of the Day - Sergio Perez


 

Any Other News

  • Piastri took his maiden points today and at his home race! Congratulations to Oscar.

 

Championship Standings


World Driver Championship

Position

Driver

Points

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

69

2

Sergio Perez

54

+15

3

Fernando Alonso

45

+9

4

Lewis Hamilton

38

+7

5

Carlos SAinz

20

+18

6

Lance Stroll

20

+0

7

George Russell

18

+2

8

Lando Norris

8

+10

9

Nico Hulkenberg

6

+2

10

Charles Leclerc

6

+0

11

Valtteri Botas

4

+2

12

Esteban Ocon

4

+0

13

Oscar Piastri

4

+0

14

Pierre Gasly

4

+0

15

Zhou Guanyu

2

+2

16

Yuki Tsunoda

1

+1

17

Kevin Magnussen

1

+0

18

Alex Albon

1

+0

19

Logan Sargeant

0

+1

20

Nyck De Vries

0

+0


World Constructor Championship

Position

Team

Points

Gap

1

Red Bull

123

2

Aston Martin

65

+58

3

Mercedes

56

+9

4

Ferrari

26

+30

5

McLaren

12

+14

6

Alpine

8

+4

7

Haas

7

+1

8

Alfa ROmeo

6

+1

9

AlphaTauri

1

+1

10

Williams

1

+0


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