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Australian Grand Prix

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Template:F1 race The Australian Grand Prix is a Formula One race held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Albert Park as part of the annual Formula One championship season.

Australian Grands Prix, not part of the World Championship but featuring F1 open-wheeler racing vehicles, were held at various circuits around Australia for many years. A notable venue in the 1950s was a road circuit at Albert Park in Melbourne, for many years. They sometimes attracted the world's top drivers of the era, who competed against (and were challenged by) local entrants. The last such race was held in 1984.

Australia became part of the F1 world championship in 1985 with the last race of the season held on the street circuit in Adelaide. The circuit, whilst not as ridiculously tight as Monaco, was notoriously tough on drivers and gearboxes. The most famous race there was undoubtedly the 1986 event, where Nigel Mansell, and Nelson Piquet in a Williams, and Alain Prost in a comparatively underpowered McLaren were still competing for the title. Mansell needed only third to guarantee the title, whilst Prost and Piquet needed to win and for Mansell to finish lower than third to take the title. Whilst leading comfortably with a few laps to go, Mansell's Williams suffered a spectacular mechanical failure, with a rear tyre puncture at very high speed near the end of the main straight creating a huge shower of sparks as the floor of the vehicle dragged along the bitumen surface. Mansell fought to control the violently veering car and steered it to a safe stop. Prost took the lead and won the race and the championship. Prost himself came incredibly close to failure, as his vehicle coasted to a halt on his warm-down lap, out of fuel.

In 1996, after the government of Jeff Kennett spent an undisclosed (but speculated to be quite large) amount, the race was shifted to a rebuilt Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne. The decision to hold the race there was controversial. A series of protests were organised by the "Save Albert Park" group, who claimed that the race turned a public park into a private playground for much of the year. Additionally, they claimed that the race cost a great deal of money that would be better spent, if it was to be spent on motor racing, on a permanent circuit elsewhere. Finally, they said that the claimed economic benefits of the race were false or exaggerated. The race organisers and the government claimed that the economic benefits to the state outweighed the costs, and that the park's public amenities have been improved considerably by the works carried out for the race.

The idea of a permanent racing circuit has never really been addressed, but there is much speculation that the real reason for a street circuit is to provide a distinctive backdrop for television - a permanent race circuit would be unidentifiable and, from the perspective of the Formula One organisers, may as well be held in Europe at much lesser cost and inconvenience to them. In any case, a substantial number of people do embrace (and attend) the race at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

The race was struck by tragedy in 2001, when a flying tyre from a crash between Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve flew through a gap in the barrier fence and killed a volunteer track marshal.

The 2002 event saw the best performance by an Australian driver when Mark Webber, in the perennially uncompetitive Minardi, took advantage of the misfortune of other competitors to finish an unlikely fifth, holding off a fast-closing Mika Salo in a much faster Toyota. He and the Australian-born team owner Paul Stoddart became instant national celebrities well beyond the motor racing world, the minor placing receiving far more attention in Australia than Michael Schumacher's win.

Michael Schumacher won the event again on 7 March 2004 ahead of his teammate Rubens Barrichello, foreshadowing a season dominated by Ferrari.

Winners of the Australian Grands Prix

Events which were not part of the Formula One World Championhip are indicated by a pink background.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2005 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault Melbourne Report
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Melbourne Report
2003 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Melbourne Report
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Melbourne Report
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Melbourne Report
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Melbourne Report
1999 Eddie Irvine Ferrari Melbourne Report
1998 Mika Hkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Melbourne Report
1997 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Melbourne Report
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Melbourne Report
1995 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Adelaide Report
1994 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Adelaide Report
1993 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Adelaide Report
1992 Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda Adelaide Report
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Adelaide Report
1990 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Adelaide Report
1989 Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Adelaide Report
1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Adelaide Report
1987 Gerhard Berger Ferrari Adelaide Report
1986 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Adelaide Report
1985 Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Adelaide Report
1984 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Calder Report
1983 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Calder Report
1982 Alain Prost Ralt-Cosworth Calder Report
1981 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Calder Report
1980 Alan Jones Lola-Chevrolet Calder Report
1979 Johnnie Walker Lola-Chevrolet Wanneroo Report
1978 Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet Sandown Park Report
1977 Warwick Brown Lola-Chevrolet Oran Park Report
1976 John Goss Matich-Repco Sandown Park Report
1975 Max Stewart Lola-Chevrolet Surfers Paradise Report
1974 Max Stewart Lola-Chevrolet Oran Park Report
1973 Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet Sandown Park Report
1972 Graham McRae Leda-Chevrolet Sandown Park Report
1971 Frank Matich McLaren-Repco Warwick Farm Report
1970 Frank Matich McLaren-Repco Warwick Farm Report
1969 Chris Amon Ferrari Lakeside Report
1968 Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth Sandown Park Report
1967 Jackie Stewart British Racing Motors Warwick Farm Report
1966 Graham Hill British Racing Motors Lakeside Report
1965 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Longford Report
1964 Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Sandown Park Report
1963 Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Warwick Farm Report
1962 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Caversham Report
1961 L. Davison Cooper-Climax Mallala Report
1960 A. Mildren Cooper-Maserati Lowood Report
1959 S. Jones Maserati Longford Report
1958 L. Davison Ferrari Bathurst Report
1957 L. Davison / B. Patterson Ferrari Caversham Report
1956 Stirling Moss Maserati Albert Park Report
1955 Jack Brabham Cooper Port Wakefield Report
1954 L. Davison HWM Southport Report
1953 D. Whiteford Talbot Albert Park Report
1952 D. Whiteford Talbot Bathurst Report
1951 W. Pratley George Reed Narrogin Report
1950 D. Whiteford Ford Nuriootpa Report
1949 J. Crouch Delahaye Leyburn Report
1948 F. Pratt BMW Point Cook Report
1947 B. Murray MG Bathurst Report
1939 A. G. Tomlinson MG Lobethal Report
1938 P. Whitehead ERA Bathurst Report
1937 L. Murphy MG Victor Harbor Report
1935 L. Murphy MG Phillip Island Report
1934 B. Lea-Wright Singer Le Mans Phillip Island Report
1933 B. Thompson Riley Brooklands Phillip Island Report
1932 B. Thompson Bugatti Phillip Island Report
1931 C. Junker Bugatti Phillip Island Report
1930 B. Thompson Bugatti Phillip Island Report
1929 A. Terdich Bugatti Phillip Island Report
1928 A. Waite Austin Phillip Island Report

External links


Races in the Formula One championship:
2005 championship Grand Prix events:

Australian | Malaysian | Bahrain | San Marino | Spanish | Monaco | European | Canadian | U.S.
French | British | German | Hungarian | Turkish | Italian | Belgian | Brazilian | Japanese | Chinese

Past championship Grand Prix events:

Argentine | Austrian | Czechoslovakian | Dutch | Indy 500 | Las Vegas | Luxembourg | Mexican | Morocco
Pacific | Pescara | Portuguese | South African | Swedish | Swiss | USA East | USA West

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