25 years of F1® in Melbourne

When the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix moved to Melbourne in 1996, the message from fans was loud and clear.

Huge crowds flocked to Albert Park for a history-making race and loved what they saw, as the picturesque setting and exciting world of Formula 1® racing combined to make the Australian Grand Prix a must-attend event.

The years since have been full of unforgettable memories, from Michael Schumacher’s popular Ferrari dominance to Mark Webber’s heroics on debut in 2002, and a series of exciting, tense finishes.

The likes of Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have all enjoyed great success on the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, too, while millions of fans have experienced all the event has to offer, both on and off the track.

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  • Melbourne, what a great place for the race

    The build-up to the 1996 Formula 1® season was full of unknowns. Will world champion Michael...
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  • How quickly things can change

    When Damon Hill left Melbourne after the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix in 1996, he had won...
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  • The gentlemen's agreement

    It was the gentlemen’s agreement that became the talk of the motorsport world. And it was a...
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  • Ferrari finds a way

    Just eight cars finished the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 1999 but Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine...
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  • Schumacher breaks through

    Victory in Australia had proved frustratingly elusive for Michael Schumacher until a breakthrough...
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  • Schumacher's win overshadowed by tragic loss

    Michael Schumacher’s win at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix was overshadowed by the tragic death...
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  • A spectacular start

    Unexpected local joy, a spectacular crash that led to eight early retirements, black flags and a...
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  • The Scot defies the odds

    David Coulthard went from last to first in a memorable 2003 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, as...
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  • Schumacher continues his dominance

    Michael Schumacher’s love affair with the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit continued in 2004...
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  • A matter of persistence

    Giancarlo Fisichella ensured his Renault debut was a day to remember with a surprise victory at the...
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  • The Spaniard starts his charge

    A temporary change in the 2006 calendar saw Formula 1® arrive in Melbourne with formlines to...
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  • Ferrari continue their AusGP dominance

    Michael Schumacher had retired but Kimi Raikkonen ensured Ferrari fans in Melbourne were...
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  • A future champion makes his mark

    Fuelled by his near-miss at the end of the 2007 Formula 1® season, Lewis Hamilton arrived in...
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  • Brawn GP stuns the doubters

    Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello left the Formula 1® world stunned after Brawn GP dominated...
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  • Button makes it a double

    He returned to Melbourne with a different Formula 1® team but that did not stop British driver...
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  • A maiden AusGP victory

    World champion Sebastian Vettel sent an ominous message to his rivals with a big win at the 2011...
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  • Button continues his run

    Jenson Button’s excellent run at the Australian Grand Prix continued in 2012, as he made it three...
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  • The Iceman signals his intent

    Strategy was crucial in the 2013 edition of the Australian Grand Prix, as Kimi Raikkonen claimed...
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  • From elation to heartbreak

    Nico Rosberg’s win at the Australian Grand Prix 2014 heralded the beginning of a brand new era of...
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  • Mercedes pair ready for battle

    The early signs were great for Mercedes in 2015 as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ensured the team...
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  • Another German starts his title charge

    Nico Rosberg broke through for his first win Down Under at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, a race...
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  • A champion breaks his drought

    Formula 1® fans hoping for a more evenly fought title race in 2017 were left excited by Sebastian...
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  • Vettel makes it back-to-back

    Sebastian Vettel proved too good for polesitter Lewis Hamilton for the second year in a row at the...
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  • The Finn upstages the champion

    Valtteri Bottas upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix,...
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At the AusGP 1996, Jacques Villeneuve became the third driver to score pole on his F1® debut, after Mario Andretti (USA 1968) and Carlos Reutemann (Argentina 1972).

At the AusGP 1997, David Coulthard's victory was the first for McLaren since the final race of 1993 and the first for Mercedes engines since 1955.

At the AusGP 1998, the two McLarens finish 1-2, with every other car finishing one lap behind.

At the AusGP 1999, Eddie Irvine becomes the first (and so far, only) driver to score his maiden Formula 1® race victory at Albert Park.

At the AusGP 2000, by coincidence, car numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 lined up in that exact order on the starting grid for the race.

Kimi Raikkonen, on the entry list for the 2020 F1® season, made his Grand Prix debut at the 2001 AusGP aged 21.

Eight cars are eliminated in a pile-up at the first corner of the 2002 AusGP race, triggered by Ralf Schumacher running into the back of Rubens Barrichello, who returns to Melbourne in 2020 in the S5000 support category.

In 2003, David Coulthard scores his final career win, from 11th on the grid, the lowest winning grid position in AusGP history.

Michael Schumacher's 2004 race record 219.010 km/h average speed is still the fastest-ever F1® average-speed held at Albert Park.

Red Bull Racing make their debut in the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2005, with lead driver David Coulthard finishing fourth.

The 2006 AusGP is the only time the race has been held in April. It was moved to avoid a clash with Melbourne's hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium in his F1® debut at the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2007.

Only eight cars were classified as finishers in the 2008 AusGP, two of which did not actually reach the chequered flag.

In 2009, Brawn GP becomes the first constructor to finish 1-2 on their F1® debut since Mercedes at the 1954 French GP.

Red Bull Racing lock out the front row for the first time in their history thanks to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in 2010.

Vitaly Petrov's third place in 2011 is the first podium finish for a Russian driver in F1® World Championship history.

In 2012, Daniel Ricciardo scored his first points in F1® when he finished ninth in the race.

Heavy rain at the AusGP 2013 meant that Formula 1® qualifying was postponed until Sunday morning.

Kevin Magnussen finishes on the podium at the AusGP 2014 – his Grand Prix debut – becoming the first Danish driver to score a top-three finish in F1®.

At 17 years 146 days, Max Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to start an F1® race when he lined up for the 2015 AusGP.

The 2016 AusGP marked Lewis Hamilton's 50th career pole position, the Briton leads the pack with a total of eight pole positions at the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

In 2017, Sebastian Vettel's victory at the AusGP puts a Ferrari driver at the top of the F1® World Championship standings for the first time in five years.

In 2018, Sebastian Vettel wins the race and simultaneously scores his 100th podium finish, the fourth man to do so after Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton's pole position average speed of 237.194 km/h at the AusGP 2019 is 30.5 km/h quicker than Jacques Villeneuve's pole for the first Melbourne F1® race in 1996.

In 2020, Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit joins legendary locations like Monaco, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Catalunya having held 25 Grands Prix at the same circuit.

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