The 70th Formula 1 World Championship season is about to get underway at Australia’s Albert Park circuit, which has already hosted the first race of the year 21 times. The race on Sunday 17 March will be the 35th Australian Grand Prix, the 24th held in Melbourne, which became the venue after Adelaide had been the host city from 1985 to 1995.
Looking ahead to the first race of the 2019 Formula One season in Melbourne.
Get ready for Round 1 of the 2019 season with the first of our official race previews – think of it as your McLaren encyclopaedia for each race weekend.
An important innovation in the points distribution system has been unanimously approved today by the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission via an e-vote. Starting from the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, one point will be awarded to the driver who achieves the fastest lap of the race; said driver mus be classified within the top 10. No point will be awarded if the fastes lap is achieved by a driver who is classified outside the final top 10 positions. The point will contribute to both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship.
The Australian Grand Prix season-opener takes place on a street circuit at Albert Park, but a slightly unusual one. Rather than being stop-and-go in nature like Monaco or Singapore, the track has a more flowing rhythm that also takes in some reasonably quick corners. Pirelli has nominated the C2, C3 and C4 compounds as the hard, medium and soft choices respectively under this year’s simpler new tyre rules, with only three colours – white, yellow and red – at each grand prix.
With effect from 1 April 2019, Masashi Yamamoto will take on the role of Honda F1 Managing Director.
The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix (March, 15-17).
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: The first race of the year, the Australian Grand Prix, is a high point of the season, but even more so this year as Daniel Ricciardo makes his race debut for the team.We head there united and with strong determination.
With pre-season testing over, the team heads to Albert Park, Melbourne, for the first race of the year. Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester explains the strengths of the Renault R.S.19.
Daniel Ricciardo will don the black and yellow colours of Renault for the first time at a Grand Prix in Melbourne. And with 150 races under his belt in Formula 1, he heads home to Australia ready to rock his new machinery in front of an electric crowd.
The Australian Grand Prix kicks off Nico Hülkenberg’s third season with the team and his ninth year in Formula 1. After posting the fifth fastest time in pre-season testing, Nico is pumped up and chomping at the bit ready to begin the campaign at Albert Park.
After an intense winter, the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship is officially about to get underway! The season kicks off this weekend at Australia’s Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit with ROKiT Williams Racing heading into 2019 with a new look, a new driver line-up, and renewed energy. Robert Kubica has stepped up into a full-time race seat having served as the team’s Reserve Driver last year, and the Pole will complete a remarkable return to the grid after an eight-year absence on race day down under. He is accompanied by young British talent and current FIA Formula 2 Champion George Russell, who begins his Formula One career by making his debut in Melbourne.
Renault F1 Team previews the opening race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Rolex Australian Grand Prix.Nico Hülkenberg, entering his third season in black and yellow, is joined for the first time by Daniel Ricciardo, who makes his debut for the team at his home Grand Prix in Melbourne.
When Charles Leclerc made his Formula 1 debut, he opted for the number 16 on his car. To tell the truth, this wasn’t his first choice, which would have been number 7, as currently used by Kimi Raikkonen, nor even the second, the number 10, already belonging to Pierre Gasly. However, the Monegasque driver was born on the 16th and, if you want to do the maths, you could see it as 1 + 6, which equals 7.
The Ferrari Driver Academy trio take part in testing prior to the start of the season at the end of March in Bahrain. It all went very well.
Formula 1 is delighted to announce the extension of the partnership with DAZN, as a sublicensee of the Formula 1's pan-regional official broadcaster Fox Sports Asia. DAZN will broadcas all 21 races of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship, starting in Melbourne on 17th March.
With the start of the season just a week away, we took a ‘small’ detour on the way to Melbourne to light up Tokyo with a showrun in the home of our new power unit partner, Honda.