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Formula One - Australian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, March 16
SITE: Albert Park Circuit -- Melbourne, Australia
TRACK: 5.303 km (3.3 miles), 16-turn temporary street circuit
CAPACITY: 100,000+
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNUAL: 30th
START TIME: 2 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 15/2 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kimi Raikkonen
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 3)
LAPS: 58
MILES: 191.110 (307.574 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 min., 23.529 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 24 mins., 15.757 secs.)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kimi Raikkonen76Mark Webber2
2Fernando Alonso57Adrian Sutil12
3Sebastian Vettel18Paul di Resta9
4Felipe Massa49Jenson Button10
5Lewis Hamilton310Romain Grosjean8
2013 Australian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 204.926 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 30 mins., 3.225 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 12.451 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 18
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 12
FASTEST LAP: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:29.274, Lap 56
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:27.407)
Past Australian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kimi Raikkonen (7) -- Lotus-Renault -- 204.926 kph/1:30:3.225
2012 -- Jenson Button (2) -- McLaren Mercedes -- 195.991 kph/1:34:9.565
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 206.184 kph/1:29:30.259
2010 -- Jenson Button (4) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 197.144 kph/1:33:36.531
2009 -- Jenson Button (1) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 195.775 kph/1:34:15.784
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (1) -- McLaren -- 194.577 kph/1:34:50.616
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1) -- Ferrari -- 215.893 kph/1:25.28.770
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (3) -- Renault -- 191.990 kph/1:34:27.870
2005 -- Giancarlo Fisichella (1) -- Renault -- 215.167 kph/1:24:17.336
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 219.010 kph/1:24:15.757
2003 -- David Coulthard (11) -- McLaren -- 194.868 kph/1:34:42.124
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 1.35.36.792
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:38:26.533
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1.34:01.987
1999 -- Eddie Irvine (6) -- Ferrari -- 1:35:01.659
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren -- 1:31:45.996
1997 -- David Coulthard (4) -- McLaren -- 1:30:28.718
1996 -- Damon Hill (2) -- Williams -- 1:32:50.491
1995 -- Damon Hill (1) -- Williams -- 1:49:15.936
1994 -- Nigel Mansell (1) -- Williams -- 1:47:51.480
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren -- 1:43:27.476
1992 -- Gerhard Berger (4) -- McLaren -- 1:46:54.786
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren -- 24:34.899 (rain-shortened)
1990 -- Nelson Piquet (7) -- Benetton -- 1:49:44.570
1989 -- Thierry Boutsen (5) -- Williams -- 2:00:17.421
1988 -- Alain Prost (2) -- McLaren -- 1:53:14.676
1987 -- Gerhard Berger (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:52:56.144
1986 -- Alain Prost (4) -- McLaren -- 1:54:20.388
1985 -- Keke Rosberg (3) -- Williams -- 2:00:40.473
Past Australian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 3
2012 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 3
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 17
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1
2006 -- Jenson Button -- 10
2005 -- Giancarlo Fisichella -- 1
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2003 -- Michael Schumacher -- 4
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 15
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 17
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 17
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 19
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 2
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 1
1994 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1
1993 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 20
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 15
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 15
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 2
1987 -- Gerhard Berger -- 1
1986 -- Nigel Mansell -- 12
1985 -- Ayrton Senna -- 9
Last Race Results
RACE: Brazilian Grand Prix (Nov. 24, 2013)
SITE: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
LAPS: 71
MILES: 190.067 (305.909 km)
WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Mark Webber
THIRD: Fernando Alonso
FOURTH: Jenson Button
FIFTH: Nico Rosberg
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 32 mins., 36.300 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 198.202 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.452 secs.
Australian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Red Bull Racing-Renault
3Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Red Bull Racing-Renault
4Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
6Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes
7 *Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Ferrari
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Lotus-Renault
9Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)Caterham-Renault
10Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan)Caterham-Renault
11Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Force India-Mercedes
13Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Lotus-Renault
14Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari
17Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
19Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Williams-Mercedes
20Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark)McLaren-Mercedes
21Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Sauber-Ferrari
22Jenson Button (Frome, England)McLaren-Mercedes
25Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Toro Rosso-Renault
26Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)Toro Rosso-Renault
27Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Force India-Mercedes
44Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes
77Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Williams-Mercedes
99Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Sauber-Ferrari
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kimi Raikkonen821815------71
Fernando Alonso312454452
Sebastian Vettel---------RET13RET123
Lewis Hamilton------31DSQ6235
Jenson Button11915RET11619
Romain Grosjean---------------------RET10
Nico Rosberg---RET7365RET12RET
 
Mover of the Week
Sergio Perez - Started 19 and finished 6 (Brazilian GP/Nov. 24, 2013)
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nov. 24, 2013 - Sebastian Vettel) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The 2014 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

This will be the 30th F1 world championship running of the Australian GP. It's the 19th consecutive year this race has been held at Albert Park. It's also the 17th time the F1 season opener takes place in Australia.

Albert Park is a temporary circuit with parts of the track used for road traffic for the majority of the year. This circuit features unusually high grip-evolution, which leads to falling lap times over the course of the weekend, as the track "rubbers-in."

Before the Australian GP was moved to Albert Park in 1996, this race was held on the street circuit in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide hosted the F1 season finale from 1985-95.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for most victories in the Australian GP with four (2000, '01, '02 and '04). Jenson Button has won this race in three of the last five years. Button finished sixth in 2011 and ninth in 2013.

In last year's Australian GP, Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus pulled off a stunning victory by capitalizing on a two-stop strategy while his rivals pitted three times for tires during the race. Having run the final 24 laps without a tire change, Raikkonen crossed the finish line 12.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull was 22.3 seconds behind in third. Raikkonen is back with Ferrari this year.

The race winner at Albert Park has started on the pole position eight times. Vettel most recently did it in 2011.

Round 2 in the 2014 Formula One world championship is the March 30 Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. Vettel won last year's race there.

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