F1 is back at last! And it returns with the 20th GP at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and a bunch of fresh new faces, including a Toro Rosso pairing barely out of puberty.
Eight of the previous 19 races in Melbourne have been won from pole position and just three from second on the grid. The lap is 5.303km long with 16 corners and 58 laps, a total race distance of 307.574km. 12 drivers have won the race, McLaren and Ferrari have the joint most wins with six each but it’s unlikely that either of those will win it this year.
Felipe Nasr, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr will all make their debut at the Australian GP. Verstappen will be the youngest person to ever race in F1, beating the previous record by almost two full years, something that likely will never be beaten. The three rookies each had impressive 2014 seasons, Verstappen came third in European F3, taking ten wins, Sainz won Formula Renault 3.5 with seven wins and Nasr came third in GP2 with four wins.
The best news of the season is the return of Marussia/Manor, after missing the end of last season and being in administration they are back and I would love for them to score some more points in 2015. Will Stevens made his debut in Abu Dhabi last season for Caterham but is now with Manor, still no idea who their second driver will be though!
The Silly Stats
So who would win in a race around Albert Park? A Tasmanian devil, a kangaroo or a koala?
The kangaroo would win with a 10:36.360 lap, the Tasmanian devil shortly behind with a time of 13:15.450 and then the koala would be well behind with 31:49.080, slower than a sloth.