Australian Grand Prix preview

The wait is over as we finally reach the euphoria that is the opening weekend of the Formula 1 season and the 24 Motorsports Blog has everything you need to know about the 2014 Australian Grand Prix

The Track

The Albert Park street circuit is a fan favourite and a fantastic start to the year. The 5.3 km circuit has hosted the Grand Prix from 1996 onwards, and although it isn’t known for producing the best races, it’ certainly signifies new beginnings for the Drivers, teams and fans, and provides a good all round test of where each car is in terms of performance. There’s 16 turns and 2 DRS zones this year, with turns one and two usually providing the best action, especially on the first lap.

Form Guide

Jenson Button has the most wins of active drivers with three, followed by Raikkonen with two, who won the 2013 race for Lotus. The Mercedes team is undoubted favourites following fantastic form in pre-season testing, with Williams proving to be best of the rest. McLaren, Ferrari and Force India all showed hints of front running pace in Bahrain, and McLaren in particular have the most wins at the track among constructors with 12, and the driver with the most wins in Button. They shouldn’t be discounted.

Rule Changes

The new rule changes have thrown a real spanner in the works of the teams entering 2014. The biggest change sees a return to turbo engines for the first time since McLaren’s dominant 1988 season. Other changes include a new powerful KERS system renamed ERS, aerodynamic changes to the front and rear wings and a fly by wire brake and throttle peddle. All in all it has to be the biggest shakeup in Formula 1 rules for a generation.

Start Times

Get your alarm clock at the ready, the Australian Grand Prix provides the first alarm clock practice of the season for F1 fans. Sessions start as follows:

Practice 1: 1:30

Practice 2: 05:30

Practice 3: 03:00

Qualifying: 06:00

Race: 06:00

Sky Sports F1 will show every session live.

Image copyright of J.H Sohn

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