14th Mar 2013 | Formula 1
Australian GP Preview
The new F1 season gets underway in Melbourne this weekend. After the smoke and mirrors of winter testing, we will soon get an idea of where all the drivers stand.
It is hard to predict the result of the Australian GP because we simply don’t know enough about each car. Teams run differing fuel loads during testing therefore it is hard to gauge who has the raw pace.
It is easier to focus on trends associated with the Melbourne track. It often produces entertaining races and some trends have built up over the last few seasons.
Value of pole position
Three of the last five winners have come from pole position. The lowest grid position to win, was Jenson Button coming from fourth to score in 2010.
Driver on Pole Position to win the race 10/11 (Blue Square)
Driver to watch
British drivers have won 10 of the last 20 Australian Grand Prix, with Jenson Button tasting success in three of the last four years.
Jenson Button to win 11/2 (Bet365)
Retirement Rate – Normal
In percentage terms, only Monaco & Abu Dhabi had a higher retirement rate than Australia last season. Only 73% of cars finished the Melbourne GP and with 22 starters this weekend, a spread of 15-16 finishers looks about right.
Exactly 15-16 classified finishers 11/4 (Bet365)
Odds correct at time of publishing: 17:36 14th Mar, 2013 but subject to change