2020 Australian Grand Prix

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020)[2] is a Formula One motor race that is due to be held on 15 March 2020 in Melbourne, Victoria. The race will be contested at the Albert Park Circuit and is the first round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.[3] The race marks the 85th race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix—which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928—as well the 25th time the event has been held at the Albert Park circuit and the 36th time the Australian Grand Prix had been a part of the Formula One World Championship.

2020 Australian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 22[a] in the 2020 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Albert Park Circuit
Layout of the Albert Park Circuit
Race details
Date 15 March 2020
Official name Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020
Location Albert Park Circuit
Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 5.303 km (3.295 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.118 mi)

Lewis Hamilton enters the round as the defending World Drivers' Champion and his team, Mercedes, are the defending World Constructors' Champions. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas is the defending race winner.[4]

BackgroundEdit

The Australian Grand Prix was officially confirmed as the first of twenty-two races of the 2020 Formula One World Championship at an FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris in December 2019. The race is due to take place at the fifteen-turn, 5.303 km (3.295 mi) Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Victoria on 15 March 2020.[3]

EntrantsEdit

Ten teams each with two drivers are expected to enter the race.[5] Scuderia AlphaTauri are due to make their début as a constructor having previously competed under the name Scuderia Toro Rosso.[6] Esteban Ocon is due to return to the championship, replacing Nico Hülkenberg at Renault.[7] Nicholas Latifi will make his competitive début with Williams, taking the seat previously filled by Robert Kubica.[8]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ There are 22 Grands Prix included in the 2020 calendar; however, the Chinese Grand Prix does not have a date after it was postponed.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus fears force the postponement of the F1 Grand Prix in China in April". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Australia". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Record-breaking 22 race F1 calendar set for 2020". formula1.com. 29 August 2019. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Valtteri Bottas wins Australian GP after Lewis Hamilton overtake". BBC Sport. 17 March 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ "2020 FIA Formula One World Championship – Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Scott (16 October 2019). "Toro Rosso's name change approved for 2020 Formula 1 season". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Esteban Ocon joins Renault F1 Team". renaultsport.com. Renault Sport. 29 August 2019. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Latifi to Williams for 2020: F2 racer replaces Kubica". formula1.com. 28 November 2019. Archived from the original on 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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