The Australian Grand Prix a motor race held annually and is held to be the pinnacle of motor racing in Australia. The Grand Prix is the oldest surviving motor racing competition held in Australia having been held 75 times since it was first run at Phillip Island in 1928. Since 1985 the race has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is presently held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park in Melbourne. Prior to its inclusion in the World Championship it was held at a multitude of venues in every state of Australia. It was a centrepiece of the Tasman Series between 1964 and 1972 and was a round of the Australian Drivers’ Championship on many occasions between 1957 and 1983. It became part of the Formula One World Championship in 1985 and was held at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Adelaide, South Australia from that year to 1995, before moving to Melbourne in 1996.

The Australian Grand Prix is the second round of the Championship, having been the first race of each year, excluding 2006 and 2010, since the event moved to Melbourne. During its years in Adelaide, the Australian Grand Prix was the final round of the Championship, replacing the Portuguese Grand Prix in that respect. As the final round of the season, the Grand Prix hosted a handful of memorable Grand Prix, most notably the 1986 and 1994 events which saw those respective titles decided.

Australian driver Lex Davison and German driver Michael Schumacher are the most successful drivers in the 83 year history of the event each taking four victories each while Ferrari and McLaren have been the most successful constructors with ten victories each, their success stretching well back into the pre-Formula One history of the race. Rubens Barrichello is the only driver to have started every single race since it returned to the inner Melbourne street circuit, which had been used previously for the Grand Prix twice in the 1950s.

For the 2010 event Australian airline Qantas returns to the role of naming rights sponsor of the event, having last sponsored the race in 2001. The most recent Australian Grand Prix was won by British driver Jenson Button, successfully defending his previous 2009 victory in the race

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melborne, Australia.svg
Race information
Laps 58
Circuit length 5.303 km (3.295 mi)
Race length 307.574 km (191.071 mi)
Number of times held 75
First held 1928
Most wins (drivers) Australia Lex Davison (4)
Germany Michael Schumacher (4)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom McLaren (11)
Last race (2010):
Pole position Germany Sebastian Vettel
Red BullRenault
Podium 1. United Kingdom Jenson Button
1h 33m 36.531s
(197.144 km/h)
2. Poland Robert Kubica
3. Brazil Felipe Massa
Fastest lap Australia Mark Webber
Red BullRenault

Bahrain Grand Prix

Designed by Hermann Tilke — the architect responsible for the Sepang, Shanghai, Istanbul Park and Valencia GP venues — the new Grand Prix Circuit (configured using the inner and outer circuits, and with the addition of the endurance loop for 2010) presents drivers with an exceptional challenge.

The bare statistics: 3.91 miles (6.299km); 23 turns (13 right, 10 left); four straights, the longest of which is 1090m; a change in elevation of 18m; a variation in width from 14m to 22m.

Now the human story behind them: a (maximum) workforce of 3000 expended 8265 million man hours between November 2002 and March 2004 to excavate 968,459m3 of rock, to lay 120,000 tonnes of asphalt in three layers over the track’s 272,648m2 surface (that doesn’t include its 140,000m2 of run-off), to erect 8500 tonnes of steel and pour 70,000m3 of concrete.

View over the Bahrain International Circuit paddock

And that’s not all. They also had to construct 12,000m of guard rail, protect 4100m of it with 82,000 tyres and attach 5000m of FIA safety fencing. As a final touch they laid 5000m2 of grass carpet.

In 2010 a new loop with eight new corners over dramatic elevation changes was added. It began just after the old Turn 4 with a fast flowing corner leading into a sequence of five bends followed by a fast kink and then a challenging hairpin. The new track extention will bring exciting overtaking opportunities as well as a fresh challenge to the drivers.

Bahraini V8 Lumina Champion Fahad Al Musalam has probably raced on the Grand Prix track more than anyone. “The Grand Prix track has lots of overtaking opportunities because of its width and layout,” he says. “Its surface is very grippy. People worry there might be problems because of the sand, but 30 minutes into a session you would be unable to tell that this circuit is in the middle of the desert.

“Driving this track is always a thrill, but my favourite part is the Esses. A driver can’t ask for more: BIC is one helluva nice facility to have, to test on, to race on. I have raced every configuration. They each have their own feel. Sometimes you feel you as though you could be at a totally different venue, so different can the configurations look and feel.

“BIC is demanding and technical, but if you get it right, keep it between the white lines, you can really race hard. Fantastic.”


Maximum uphill slope: 3.60%
Maximum downhill slope: 5.6%
A relief that ranges from 0 to 18m
Three real possibilities for overtaking
Qualifying lap record (Old Grand Prix Circuit): 1m30.139s – M. Schumacher – Ferrari (2004)
Race Lap record (Old Grand Prix Circuit): 1m30.252s – M. Schumacher – Ferrari (2004)
Lap record speed (Old Grand Prix Circuit): 216.074 kph
Length of longest straight: 1090m (start/finish line)
Track length: 6,299m (3.91 miles)
Turns: 23 (10 left; 13 right)
Straights: 4
Width: 14m up to 22m

~ by qiulsme on November 18, 2010.

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