2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Results

Formula 1 will race in Melbourne for the first time since 2019 for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

F1’s last visit of 2020 was cut short amid the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re back at one of the drivers’ favorite venues.

Although it has often been the season opener, Albert Park hosts the third round of this season’s F1 World Championship after back-to-back grands prix in the Middle East.

Bahrain kicked off the season with Charles Leclerc leading ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz to claim Ferrari’s first one-two finish since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.

A week later in Saudi Arabia, F1 champion Max Verstappen took the upper hand after an intense duel with Leclerc up front.

Heading into this weekend’s race, F1 is racing on a heavily revised Albert Park circuit with four unprecedented DRS zones.

The track has been significantly modified with a number of widened and modified corners to improve wheel-to-wheel racing at the front of the peloton.

Lap times should be at least nine to 10 seconds faster, but the barriers remain close to the track, providing drivers with a tough challenge this weekend.

As for who comes out on top, Ferrari and Red Bull will undoubtedly remain the teams to beat, while Mercedes – who were due to introduce a number of improvements for this weekend – failed to do so.

The battle in midfield looks closer than ever, but Alpine will be hoping his new ground will tip the balance in his favor as he looks to get away from Haas and Alfa Romeo.

Haas doesn’t have a spare chassis, so Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen will have to run on their best.

Aston Martin welcomes Sebastian Vettel back after missing the first two races of the year.

Vettel was ruled out of the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia rounds by covid but is back for this weekend after winning in Australia three times.

Finally, hometown hero Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to get his season off the ground after failing to score so far in 2022.

Previous F1 Australian Grand Prix winners:

2020-2021: Not held

2019: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2018: Sebastien Vettel (Ferrari)

2017: Sebastien Vettel (Ferrari)

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2013: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

2012: Jenson Button (McLaren)

2011: Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull)

2010: Jenson Button (McLaren)

Most F1 Australian Grand Prix wins

Michael Schumacher: 4 wins (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)

Sebastien Vettel: 3 wins (2011, 2017, 2018)

Jenson Button: 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2012)

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Full 2022 F1 calendar

March 18-20 – Round 1

Bahrain Grand Prix

March 25-27 – Round 2

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

April 8-10 – Round 3

Australian Grand Prix

April 22-24 – Round 4

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

May 6-8 – Round 5

Miami Grand Prix

May 20-22 – Round 6

Spanish Grand Prix

May 27-29 – Round 7

Monaco Grand Prix

June 10-12 – Round 8

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

June 17-19 – Round 9

Canadian Grand Prix

July 1-3 – Round 10

British Grand Prix

July 8-10 – Round 11

Austrian Grand Prix

July 22-24 – Round 12

French Grand Prix

July 27-29 – Round 13

Hungarian Grand Prix

August 26-28 – Round 14

Belgian Grand Prix

September 2-4 – Round 15

Dutch Grand Prix

September 9-11 – Round 16

Italian Grand Prix

September 30-October 2 – Round 17

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