Albert Park, Melbourne – circuit information

Start, Melbourne, 2013The Albert Park circuit in Melbourne held non-championship Grand Prix races in the fifties. A revised circuit join the world championship calendar in 1996.

It took over from Adelaide as the home of the Australian Grand Prix. At the same time the race moved from being the last race of the season to the first, and has normally held the opening race of the season since then.

The track is a temporary facility which follows the roads around Albert Park Lake. Closely bordered by barriers in places and with trees hanging over parts of the track, it can often catch drivers out and it is not uncommon for the Safety Car to be deployed during races.

Circuit information

Lap data
Lap length 5.303km (3.295 miles)
Race laps 58
Race distance 307.574km (191.118 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’24.125 (226.934 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2004
Fastest lap 1’23.529 (228.553 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2011
Maximum speed 312kph (193.868 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) First and second straight
Distance from grid to turn one 265m
Car performance
Full throttle 61%
Longest flat-out section 843m
Downforce level High
Fuel use per lap 1.7kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.051s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 21.509s by Ferrari (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Medium (2013: Medium)
2014 option tyre: Soft (2013: Super Soft)

*Fastest lap set during a grand prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit – track map

2013 Australian Grand Prix track map

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit – aerial map

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit images

Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei