All eyes are on Albert Park track in Melbourne, this weekend as F1 returns to racing in Australia for the first time since 2019.
The event is being held in the Albert Park Circuit located 5 kilometers from the heart of Melbourne, Victoria. The Formula 1 Grand Prix was first hosted at this track back in 1996 and has been since then one of Australia's favorite race events.
The Australian Grand Prix has undergone several revisions in the months before the race. The most significant changes since the inaugural 1996 Australian Grand Prix was turns 9 and 10, which were completely redesigned to a much faster right-left combination. The circuit underwent these revisions in an effort to make it safer and provide a better racing experience.
Turn 11 and 12 have been adjusted to allow drivers to enter with greater speed and still safely navigate the corner. This is due to the fact that both corners were reprofiled, which also made turn 13 easier to overtake. The straightaway was also changed by adding positive camber to increase the speed of a car. The pit lane was also redesigned to accommodate the new track changes.
The pit-lane change was made in response to Daniel Ricciardo's opening-lap accident in 2019. Ricciardo ran wide at the start, crossing onto the grassy verge and hitting an unsighted culvert, forcing him to retire.
With the changes in place, race organizers applied to the FIA to raise the pit lane speed limit from 60 km/h to 80 km/h. A significant change that would be seen at Formula One pits is due to them sitting right next to the support paddock, creating one of the longest pit lanes on the calendar.
GP Schedule, Time, TV Coverage
Here's all you need to know about the Australian GP schedule and where you can watch it live on TV in the United States and the United Kingdom.
2022 F1 AUSTRALIAN GP USA TV SCHEDULE (ET)
FP2 Friday ESPN2 01:55
FP3 Friday ESPNEWS/ESPN3 22:55
Qualifying SaturdayESPN2 01:55
2022 Formula 1 AUSTRALIAN GP UK TV SCHEDULE (BST)
FP1 Friday Sky Sports F1 03:30
FP2 Friday Sky Sports F1 06:45
FP3 SaturdaySky Sports F1 03:45
Qualifying Saturday Sky Sports F1 06:00
Race SundaySky Sports F1 04:30
Driver's odds to win the 2022 Australian Grand Prix
courtesy of Bookmaker.eu
Max Verstappen (+120) is the favorite to win the Melbourne race. The Dutch World Champion showed the full potential of his Red Bull with a tight win on the final laps of the Saudi Grand Prix. In Jeddah, Red Bull appeared to have a slight straight-line advantage on the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc (+150). Oddsmakers seem to think the same will happen this Sunday in the improved and recently resurfaced Albert Park Circuit.
Carlos Sainz (+730) and Sergio Perez (+1500) are third and fourth favorite to win this weekend's Formula 1 race. We agree with the reasoning behind their odds: Sergio Perez will do whatever it takes to help Verstappen retain his World title, no matter the sacrifice this will cost him. The same cannot be said about Sainz, who has shown in the past that if he has a better pace he won't hesitate to give Leclerc a go!
Lewis Hamilton (+1500) and George Russell (+2600) complete the lineup of the top six favorite drivers to win the 2022 Australian Grand Prix. While Hamilton remains one the best drivers in the history of Formula 1, we are really fond of young George who earned our underdog bet for the second week running. It's just a matter of time before George wins his first Formula 1 race and with a major update Mercedes is set to bring to Melbourne that time is getting closer and closer. All other drivers are priced at +12500 or higher.