F1’s curtain-raiser in Australia will ahead despite concerns over the coronavirus. The deadly COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix, which was due to take place on April 19.
Last year’s race in Melbourne was won by Valtteri Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton making it a Mercedes one-two.
It set the tone for the Silver Arrows, who went on to dominate both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
Ferrari endured a disappointing season in 2019, picking up just three race wins and finishing a staggering 235 points behind rivals Mercedes.
F1 testing is currently underway ahead of the new campaign and Scuderia team boss Mattia Binotto has outlined some key changes to their car.
“The car of this season is faster in the corners and slower on the straights, which was an objective when we designed this car,” said Binotto.
“Last season we were too slow in the corners so we tried to put as much downforce as we could in the car to be as fast as possible in the corners, but now we are paying off a bit on the straights.
“And in terms of overall balance, in slow-speed corners there is something we need to improve.”
When is the Australian Grand Prix?
The new F1 season officially begins with the Australian Grand Prix.
The race takes place on Sunday, March 15, and gets underway at 5.10am UK time.
Sky Sports F1 will be screening live coverage throughout the UK.
- F1 make Australian Grand Prix decision due to coronavirus virus
Australian Grand Prix full schedule (UK times)
Friday, March 13:
Practice One – 1am
Practice Two – 5am
Saturday, March 14:
Practice Three – 3am
Qualifying – 6am
Sunday, March 15:
Race – 5.10am
Australian Grand Prix circuit guide
The Australian Grand Prix takes place at Albert Park in Melbourne.
First Grand Prix – 1996
Number of Laps – 58
Circuit Length – 5.303km
Race Distance – 307.574 km
Lap Record – 1:24.125 Michael Schumacher (2004)
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