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DATE: Sunday, March 17
SITE: Albert Park Circuit (1996) -- Melbourne, Australia
TRACK: 5.303 km (3.3 miles), 16-turn temporary street circuit
CAPACITY: 80,000
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNUAL: 29th
START TIME: 2 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 16/2 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (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.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jenson Button26Kamui Kobayashi13
2Sebastian Vettel67Kimi Raikkonen17
3Lewis Hamilton18Sergio Perez22
4Mark Webber59Daniel Ricciardo10
5Fernando Alonso1210Paul di Resta15
2012 Australian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 195.991 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 34 mins., 9.565 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.139 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 14
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 12
FASTEST LAP: Jenson Button, 1:29.187, Lap 56
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (1:24.922)
Past Australian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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 (record)
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)
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. 25, 2012)
SITE: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
LAPS: 71
MILES: 190.067 (305.909 km)
WINNER: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Felipe Massa
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Nico Hulkenberg
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 20)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 22.656 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 174.178 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.754 secs.
Australian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5 *Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jenson Button61191518WonWon6Won
Sebastian Vettel------------201317Won2
Lewis Hamilton---------3WonDSQ623
Mark Webber18518131712954
Fernando Alonso33Won245445
Kimi Raikkonen2082Won815------7
Sergio Perez---------------------168
Nico Rosberg------2173651912
Felipe Massa151022613163717
 
Mover of the Week
Charles Pic - Started 17 and finished 8 (Brazilian GP/Nov. 25, 2012)
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nov. 25, 2012 - Mark Webber) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The 2013 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

This will be the 29th F1 world championship running of the Australian GP. It's the 18th consecutive year this race has been held at Albert Park. It's also the 16th 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, who retired from F1 for good at the conclusion of the 2012 season, 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 four years. Button finished sixth in 2011.

In last year's Australian GP, Button started second but grabbed the lead from pole sitter and then McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first turn of the opening lap. Button only relinquished the top position during his two pit stops during the 58-lap race. Hamilton is now driving for Mercedes.

The race winner at Albert Park has started on the pole position eight times, including four in the past six years. Sebastian Vettel most recently did it in 2011.

Round 2 in the 2013 Formula One world championship is the March 24 Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. Fernando Alonso won last year's race there.

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