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Australian Grand Prix - Times, schedule, how to watch, weather and lap record

The Australian Grand Prix is the third race on the F1 calendar in the 2024 season, with the race taking place on the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne on Sunday 24th March.

Three-time defending world champion Max Verstappen has won the opening two races of the campaign in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia for Red Bull and also took the chequered flag in Melbourne to win the Australian Grand Prix for the first time 12 months ago.

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Australian Grand Prix times and schedule

Practice times
Free Practice One: 12:30 local time - Friday 22nd March
Free Practice Two: 16:00 local time - Friday 22nd March
Free Practice Three: 12:30 local time - Saturday 23rd March

Qualifying time
16:00 local time - Saturday 23rd March

Race time
15:00 local time - Sunday 24th March

How to watch the Australian Grand Prix and TV channel

The Australian Grand Prix will be available to watch on Channel 10 and available to stream via 10Bold and 10 Play.

Last year's Australian Grand Prix winner and podium

1) Max Verstappen - Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
3) Fernando Alonso - Aston Martin

Australian Grand Prix most wins

Two drivers have won the Australian Grand Prix four times, the most recent being Michael Schumacher, whose victories all came between 2000 and 2004.

Australian Lex Davison also won the Australian Grand Prix in 1954, 1957, 1958 and 1961.

Jenson Button and Sebastien Vettel are among the drivers to have won the Australian Grand Prix on three occasions.

Ferrari lead the way as far as the constructors are concerned, winning the Australian Grand Prix on 13 occasions, while McLaren have claimed 12 victories.

Australian Grand Prix lap length

The lap length of the Albert Park circuit is 5.278 km, with a full loop of the track including 14 corners and the 2024 Australian Grand Prix will comprise 58 laps.

F1 drivers consider the circuit to be one of the easiest to learn and to drive, as well as one of the fastest on the calendar, however, there are few genuine straights so it can be a tricky track to try and overtake on.

Australian Grand Prix lap record

Sergio Perez holds the lap record for the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit with a time of 1:20.235 set in his Red Bull in 2023.

Australian Grand Prix track temperature

The track temperature is expected to be in the region of 30-35°C (95-100°F) across the three days.

Australian Grand Prix weather forecast

Temperatures in Melbourne are expected to be around 19-22°C (68-71°F) across the three days of action at Albert Park.

There is potentially some rain forecast for the Saturday which could have an impact on Qualifying, while Sunday's forecast shows a slim chance of rain, with bright sunshine for most of the day.

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