After a bit of a break F1 is back and we finally have a good reason to avoid people for an entire weekend.
The Australian GP is back for the 32nd time, the 21st at Melbourne. F1 is back in 2016 with three new drivers; Rio Haryanto, Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein. Not only that but there is also a brand new team, Haas F1, who are the first American team since Penske Racing left in 1976 (unless you count the failed USF1 who didn’t even make half of their car)
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is 5.303km long and 58 laps in the race, giving a total race distance of 307.574km. Nine of the 20 races at the track (45%) have been won from pole position and 12 (60%) from the front row of the grid. 12 drivers have won the Australian GP at the track, the first being Damon Hill in 96 and last year Lewis Hamilton for the second time.
Along with the three new drivers, Esteban Gutierrez and Kevin Magnussen return to F1 after a year out each. The Renault team return as well, now under the name of Renault Sport F1 Team and with an all yellow livery. The Manor Marussia team are now just Manor and have an entirely new livery, new engine and new drivers.
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.