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Melbourne Grand PrixIs Melbourne top of your list of holiday destinations? It definitely should be one you’re considering! Not only is it the second largest city in Australia, it’s also host to the Australian Grand Prix

Even if you’re not a sports buff, it’s hard not to join in with the atmosphere around the city during the tournament, as it’s one of the unmissable sporting events of the year
The Grand Prix takes over for the month of March and you’ve just missed out on this year’s 80th year celebrations, but you’ll be well in time for the Grand Prix 2016.

5 Facts about the Australian Grand Prix

We’ve lined up the top Australian Grand Prix facts you need to know to bluff your way through with the sports-mad locals on your next trip to Melbourne!
Lewis Hamilton

1. Lewis Hamilton is the Australian Grand Prix King

Infamous British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton came third on his first go out in the Australian Grand Prix in 2007 and has continued on top since then. He finished first in the 2015 final, with 25 points and an average speed of over 200km per hour! 
In fact he holds the Formula One record for most consecutive podium finishes from debut (9 podium finishes) and most consecutive seasons with a win from debut season (9 seasons). Perhaps Melbourne is his lucky city!

2. Mercedes is charging ahead

Not only does Lewis Hamilton race as part of the Mercedes Formula One team, so does Nico Rosberg, a German driver who finished just 1.4 seconds behind Hamilton in the Australian Grand Prix final this year. He might have just lost out on that race, but in terms of Championship standings, Rosberg has come out on top. 
Last year Rosberg famously said Hamilton did a better job than him, but after the opening round in Melbourne, he may be hoping to pip his teammate to the post this year!

3. McLaren and Ferrari still hold the biggest wins in Albert Park

The Australian Grand Prix has been held 18 times in the current venue, Albert Park. McLaren and Ferrari have six wins each there, making up two thirds of the total team victories in the stadium. 
After Mercedes’ win this year, rivals have come back calling the win ‘boring’, but we reckon there’s just some tension there. There’s still no out and out team victor in Albert Park’s history and that title remains up for grabs!

4. No Australian drivers competed this year

At last year’s Australian Grand Prix, Oz-native Daniel Ricciardo qualified in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and also finished the race in second place, but he was later disqualified. His car was ruled to have exceeded the mandated hourly fuel flow rate limit. 
If he hadn’t been disqualified, he would have been the first Australian driver to make the podium at the Australian Grand Prix since it joined the World Championship in 1985. Not even an appeal saved his record, unfortunately!
Albert Park Melbourne

5. There’s actually a lake in Albert Park

Albert Park is actually a park when it’s not playing host to the Australian Grand Prix – organisers spend months every year transforming the Park into the race track.
For the safety of the drivers however, while the Grand Prix is going on, the lake in Albert Park is hidden behind fences and walls. Good thing too, as it’s less than 10m away when the cars approach the braking zone on Turn 3 of the track! The poor swans who call the lake home aren’t fans of the Australian Grand Prix at all, mind. 
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