*UPDATE – Australian Grand Prix was cancelled after a member of McLaren caught Coronavirus.
As the new Formula One season prepares to spring into life, discover everything that you need to know ahead of the weekend in our 2020 Australian Grand Prix preview.
With the pecking order still unclear, Melbourne will be the first proper indicator of where every team stands as we see every car in full race trim with Mercedes going for s record seventh straight Constructor title.
Coronavirus however has been one of the biggest talking points which still threatens the holding of this race but in the mean time, discover everything that you need to know ahead of the weekend from tyres to the race schedule plus more.
Circuit: Albert Park Circuit
Race Distance: 307.574km
Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4
|Friday 13 March||FP1||1:00am|
|Friday 13 March||FP2||5:00am|
|Saturday 14 March||FP3||3:00am|
|Saturday 14 March||Qualifying||6:00am|
|Sunday 15 March||Race||5:00am|
Five Key Pointers
- No driver other than Lewis Hamilton has taken pole around Melbourne in the hybrid era.
- This weekend will prove whether Ferrari were sandbagging in pre-season or whether their car is genuinely off the front-running pace.
- Racing Point could be a threat to Mercedes and Red Bull when they show their true pace on the C4 compound, having set their best pre-season time on the C3 compound.
- Mercedes are set to use their new Dual Axis Steering system (DAS) for the first time on a race weekend, which will help with tyre temperature on long straights.
- Reliability will be key at Williams who struggled throughout testing with various issues, despite having a competitive car.