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Promotional poster for the first Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide in 1985.
The Australian Grand Prix is a Formula One race that is part of the annual FIA Formula One World Championship. It is held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuitmarker at Albert Parkmarker in Melbournemarker. Prior to its inclusion in the World Championship it was held annually from 1928 to 1984 at various venues in Australia. It was a centrepiece of the Tasman Series from 1964 to 1969 and again in 1972 and was a round of the Australian Drivers' Championship in a number of years from 1957 to 1983. It became part of the Formula One World Championship in 1985 and was held at the Adelaide Street Circuitmarker in Adelaidemarker, South Australiamarker from that year to 1995, before moving to Melbourne in 1996.

The Australian Grand Prix is the second round of the Championship, having been the first race of each year, excluding 2006, since the event moved to Melbourne. During its years in Adelaide, the Australian Grand Prix was the final round of the Championship, replacing the Portuguese Grand Prix in that respect. As the final round of the season, the Grand Prix hosted a handful of memorable Grand Prix, most notably the 1986 and 1994 event which saw those respective titles decided.

Lex Davison and Michael Schumacher are the most successful drivers in the 82 year history of the event each taking four victories each while Ferrarimarker and McLarenmarker have been the most successful constructors with ten victories each, their success stretching well back into the pre-Formula One history of the race. Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella are the only drivers to have started every single race since it returned to the inner Melbourne street circuit, which was used previously in the 1950s.

In November 2006 investment company ING became the naming rights sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix in a three-year deal.

History

Pre-war

While an event called the Australian Grand Prix is believed to have been held in 1927 near Sydney, it is generally held that the Australian Grand Prix began as the 100 Miles Road Race held at the original Phillip Islandmarker road circuit in 1928. The original race was won by Arthur Waite in what was effectively an entry supported by the Austin Motor Company driving a modified Austin 7. For eight years races, first called the Australian Grand Prix in 1929, continued on the rectangular dirt road circuit. This was the era of the Australian 'special', mechanical concoctions of disparate chassis and engine that were every bit as capable as the Grand Prix machines imported from Europe. For all the ingenuity of the early Australian mechanic-racers Bugattismarker dominated the results, taking four consecutive wins from 1929-1932. The last Phillip Island race was in 1935 and the title lapsed for three years. An AGP style event was held on Boxing Day, 1936 at the South Australian town of Victor Harbormarker for a centennial South Australian Grand Prix before the Australian Grand Prix title was revived in 1938 for the grand opening of what would become one of the world's most famous race tracks, Mount Panoramamarker just outside of the semi-rural town of Bathurstmarker. Only just completed, with a tar seal for the circuit still a year away, the race was won by Englishman Peter Whitehead racing a new voiturette ERA B-Type that was just too fast for the locally developed machinery. One more race was held at a giant South Australian road circuit near the town of Lobethalmarker in 1939 before the country was plunged into World War II.

Post-war

In the immediate post-war era racing was sparse with competitors using pre-war cars with supplies cobbled together around the rationing of fuel and tyres. Mount Panorama held the first post-war Grand Prix in 1947, beginning a rotational system fostered by the newly formed Australian governing body, CAMS. A mixture of stripped-down production sports cars and Australian 'specials' were to take victories as the race travelled amongst temporary converted airfield circuits and street circuits like Point Cookmarker, Leyburnmarker, Nuriootpa and Narroginmarker before, on the races return to Mount Panorama in 1952, the way to the future was pointed by Doug Whiteford racing a newly imported Talbot-Lago Formula One car to victory. Grand Prix machinery had already been filtering through in the shape of older Maseratimarker and OSCA and smaller Cooper but had yet to prove to be superior to the locally developed cars. The end of the Australian 'specials' was coming, but the magnificent Maybach-based series of specials driven exuberantly by Stan Jones would give many hope for the next few years.

Lex Davison, who for several years would experiment with sports car engines in smaller Formula 2 chassis, took his first of four victories in a Jaguar engined Formula 2 HWM in 1954, while the previous year Whiteford won his third and final Grand Prix as for the first time racing cars thundered around the streets surrounding the Albert Park Lakemarker in inner Melbournemarker. That circuit, which for four brief years gave Australia the strongest taste of the grandeur surrounding European Grand Prix racing, was 40 years later very much modified, used to host the 1996 Australian Grand Prix as the modern Formula One world championship venue. The Grand Prix returned to Albert Park in 1956, Melbourne's Olympic Games year to play host to a group of visiting European teams, led by Stirling Moss and the factory Maseratimarker racing team who brought a fleet of 250F Grand Prix cars and 300S sports racing cars. Moss won the Grand Prix from Maserati team mate Jean Behra. That 1956 race would inspire the next great era of the Grand Prix.

Tasman Formula

The growing influence of engineer-drivers Jack Brabham and a couple of years behind him New Zealander Bruce McLaren would transform the race. Brabham, who first won the Grand Prix in 1955 in an obsolete sports-bodied Cooper T40 Bristol he had brought home from his first foray into English racing, would test new developments for Cooper during the European winter, beginning a flood of Cooper-Climax Grand Prix machinery into Australia and New Zealand before Brabham started building his own cars, as well as the appearance of Lotus chassis as well, finally killing off the Australian 'specials'. With European Formula One restricted by the 1.5 litre regulations and big powerful 2.5 litre Australian cars were tremendously attractive to the European teams and when BRM Grand Prix team toured Australia during the summer of 1962, the seed grew that became the Tasman Series.

The top European Formula One teams and drivers raced the European winters in Australia and New Zealand from 1963 to 1969 playing host to a golden age for racing in the region for which the Australian Grand Prix (and the New Zealand Grand Prix) became jewels of the summer. The popularity of the Tasman formulae was directly responsible for 1966s 'return to power' in Formula One, and having spent years developing with Repco the Brabham cars and eventually the Oldsmobile based Repco V8s in his Brabhams in the Tasman series gave Jack Brabham the opportunity to unexpectedly dominate Formula One with a ready-proven lightweight car that left Ferrari and the British 'garagistes' struggling with their heavy, technically fragile or underpowered cars until the appearance of the Lotus-Cosworth late in 1967.

The stars of the era all visited the Tasman Series, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Timmy Mayer, Phil Hill, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Pedro Rodriguez, Piers Courage, leading teams from Cooper, Lotus, Lola, BRM, even the four wheel drive Ferguson P99 and finally, Ferrari, racing against the local stars, Brabham, McLaren, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon, Frank Gardner, Frank Matich, Leo Geoghegan and Kevin Bartlett. Brabham won the Grand Prix three times, McLaren twice, Clark twice, the second was his last major victory before his untimely death, winning a highly entertaining battle with Chris Amon at the 1968 Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Racewaymarker. Graham Hill won the 1966 race with Amon winning the final Tasman formulae race in 1969 leading home Ferrari team mate Derek Bell for a dominant 1-2 at Lakeside Racewaymarker.

Formula 5000

By the end of the decade European teams were increasingly reluctant to commit to the Tasman Series in the face of longer home seasons, but also having to develop 2.5 litre versions of their 3.0 litre F1 engines. Local Tasman cars were declining as well and after originally opting a 2.0 litre version of Tasman to be the future of the Australia Grand Prix, the overwhelming support for the already well established Formula 5000 saw natural selection force CAMS' hand.

For the first half of the 70s, the Tasman Series continued purely as a local series for Formula 5000 racers, but by 1976 the Australian and New Zealand legs fractured apart and the Australian Grand Prix separated from the remnants and became a stand-alone race once more. During this era the former Tasman stars, Matich, Geoghegan and Bartlett would continue on as a new generation of drivers emerged, some like Garrie Cooper (Elfin) and Graham McRae developing their own cars while others like Max Stewart, John McCormack and Alfredo Costanzo using European built cars, mostly Lolas. Matich won two Grand Prix is his own cars before Stewart and McRae each took a pair of wins. Towards the end of the 70s the race again became a home to returning European based antipodeans like Alan Jones and Larry Perkins with Warwick Brown winning the 1977 race, while the previous year touring car racer John Goss completed a remarkable double, becoming the first and only driver to win the Grand Prix and the Bathurst 1000.

Calder Park

Declining economy and the dominance of the local scene by Group C touring cars towards the latter part of the 70s saw Formula 5000 gradually fall out of favour. By 1980 the decision to replace was once again imminent however the form of Alan Jones in Formula One saw entrepreneur Bob Jane seize an opportunity to bring Formula One back as the Grand Prix Formula. The 1980 extravaganza held at Jane's Calder Park Racewaymarker saw a combined field of Formula One and Formula 5000 padded out with the Australised version of Formula Atlantic cars, Formula Pacific. The newly crowned world champion, Jones swept the field aside in his Williams-Cosworth but with only two F1 cars entering and the continuing disintegration of F5000 saw Jane concentrate the next four Grands Prix on the Formula Pacific (later rebadged as Formula Mondial) category and importing Formula One drivers to race the locals in fields almost entirely made up of Ralt RT4s. Roberto Moreno dominated this era winning three of the four races, ceding only the 1982 race to Alain Prost. Jane's attempt to bring the World Championship to Calder Park ultimately failed as F1 would be tempted away by a far more attractive option.

Formula One

Australia became part of the F1 world championship in 1985 with the last race of the season held on the street circuitmarker in Adelaidemarker. The Adelaide Street Circuitmarker, which held its last Formula One race in 1995, has often been stated as being one of, if not, the greatest street circuits in the world. Whenever the teams came to Adelaide they enjoyed the party atmosphere.

The Melbourne era

In 1993 prominent Melbourne businessman Mr Ron Walker began working with the then Kennett government to make Melbourne the host of the event. After the government of Jeff Kennett spent an undisclosed amount, it was announced in late 1993 (days after a South Australian election) that the race would be shifted to a rebuilt Albert Parkmarker street circuit in Melbournemarker. The race moved to Melbourne in 1996. The decision to hold the race there was controversial. A series of protests were organised by the "Save Albert Park" group, who claimed that the race turned a public park into a private playground for one week per year. Additionally, they claimed that the race cost a great deal of money that would be better spent, if it were to be spent on motor racing, on a permanent circuit elsewhere. Finally, they said that the claimed economic benefits of the race were false or exaggerated. The race organisers and the government claimed that the economic benefits to the state outweighed the costs, and highlighted that the park's public amenities have been greatly improved from the World War II vintage facilities previously located at Albert Park; the Melbourne Sports and Aquatc Centre (scene of many Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games events) being the centre piece and best known of the revitalised facilities.

The idea of a permanent racing circuit has never really been addressed, but there is much speculation that the real reason for a street circuit is to provide a distinctive backdrop for television - a permanent race circuit would be unidentifiable and, from the perspective of the Formula One organisers, may as well be held in Europe at much lesser cost and inconvenience to them. In any case, a substantial number of people do embrace (and attend) the race at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuitmarker.

Demonstration event held in Melbourne just before the start of the 2005 Grand Prix
Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg at Corner 6 of the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne


Bernie Ecclestone, the president of Formula One Management, the group that runs modern-day Formula One in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), once famously said that it took 10 minutes to do the deal with Melbourne that would see the Victorian capital host the Australian Grand Prix from 1996. It is thought that Melbourne’s unsuccessful quest to stage the 1996 Olympic Games, and the subsequently successful bid by northern rival city Sydney to host the 2000 Olympics, was a driving force behind Melbourne’s motivation to wrest the Australian Grand Prix away from Adelaide.

Albert Park, within easy reach of the Melbourne central business district, became home to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. A 16-turn circuit, which measures 5.3 kilometres in its current guise, was built utilising a combination of public roads within the park. The circuit is renowned as being a smooth and high-speed test for Formula One teams and drivers, and its characteristics are similar to the only other street circuit set in a public park currently used for a race in the Formula One World Championship, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.

The promotional theme for the first race in Melbourne was “Melbourne – What a Great Place for the Race”. Some 401,000 people turned out for the first race in 1996, which remains a record for the event. The logistics of creating a temporary circuit and hosting an event of the magnitude of a Formula One Grand Prix from scratch weren’t lost on the international visitors, with Melbourne winning the F1 Constructors’ Association Award for the best organised Grand Prix of the year in its first two years of 1996 and 1997.

The move of the Australian Grand Prix to Melbourne saw a change in the time of year that the F1 teams and personnel made their annual voyage Down Under. Adelaide, for each of its 11 years, was the final race of the F1 season, usually in October or November, while Melbourne has been the first race of the season in every year since 1996 with the exception of 2006, when it was the third race of the year to allow for the Commonwealth Games to take place in the city. As such, the Albert Park circuit has seen the Formula One debuts of many drivers in the last decade. 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve made his race debut in Melbourne’s first year of 1996, and became one of three men to secure pole position in his maiden Grand Prix. Other prominent names to debut in Melbourne are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champions Kimi Räikkönen (both in 2001) and Lewis Hamilton (2007), Australia’s only current F1 driver, Mark Webber, also made his debut there in 2002.

As part of celebrations for the 10th running of the event at Albert Park in 2005, Webber drove his Williams F1 car over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a promotional event, and the Melbourne city streets hosted a parade of F1 machinery and V8 Supercars, Australia’s highest-profile domestic motor sport category.

Races in Melbourne

It took just three corners for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park to gain worldwide attention. On the first lap of the first race in 1996, Jordan’s Martin Brundle was launched into the air in an enormous accident. Footage of the crash, and Brundle’s subsequent rush back to the pits to take the spare car for the re-start, ensured the first race in Melbourne gained widespread coverage. The race was won by Williams’ Damon Hill.
2008 Race Winner Lewis Hamilton on the Podium with Nick Heidfeld
The 1997 race saw McLaren, through David Coulthard, break a drought of 50 races without a victory. The next year was a McLaren benefit, with Mika Häkkinen and Coulthard lapping the entire field en route to a dominant 1-2 finish. The result was clouded by controversy when Coulthard pulled over with two laps remaining to allow Häkkinen to win, honouring a pre-race agreement between the pair that whoever made it to the first corner in the lead on lap one would be allowed to win.Ferrari won its first Grand Prix in Melbourne in 1999, but it wasn’t with team number one Michael Schumacher. Irishman Eddie Irvine took his maiden victory after the all-conquering McLarens of Häkkinen and Coulthard retired before half-distance. Schumacher broke his Melbourne drought the following year when he headed a dominant Ferrari 1-2 with new teammate Rubens Barrichello.

The 2001 event, won by Michael Schumacher, was marked by tragedy when volunteer marshal Graham Beveridge was killed after a high-speed accident involving Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve on lap five. Villeneuve’s B.A.R rode up across the back of Schumacher’s Williams and crashed into the fence, behind which Beveridge was standing.

The start of the 2002 race saw pole-sitter Barrichello and Williams’ Schumacher come together at Turn One in a spectacular accident that saw 11 of the 22 cars eliminated before the end of the opening lap. Michael Schumacher dominated thereafter to post a third straight Melbourne win, but his achievements were overshadowed by the fifth place of Australian Mark Webber on his Formula One debut. Webber, in an underpowered and underfunded Minardi, had to recover from a botched late pit stop and resist the challenges of Toyota’s Mika Salo in the closing stages, and took to the podium after the race with Australian team owner Paul Stoddart in one of Melbourne’s more memorable Grand Prix moments.

The next year, 2003, saw Coulthard again win for McLaren in a race held in variable conditions. Normal service was resumed in 2004 with the Ferraris of Schumacher and Barrichello running rampant – within two laps of Friday practice, Schumacher had obliterated the Albert Park lap record, and sailed to a crushing win.

In 2005, the race was won by Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella after a storm during Saturday qualifying produced a topsy-turvy grid. Barrichello and Fisichella’s teammate Fernando Alonso came through the field from 11th and 13th on the grid respectively to join pole-sitter Fisichella on the podium. In 2006, Alonso took his first Australian win in an accident-marred race that featured four safety car periods.

In 2007 Kimi Räikkönen in his first race for Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton became first driver in 11 years to finish on the podium in debut, as he was 3rd behind his team-mate Alonso. Hamilton won the 2008 which had three safety car periods. In 2009 Jenson Button took the victory, driving for Brawn GP, which was having first race after Ross Brawn had bought the team following Honda withdrawal from Formula One.

Notable Australian Grands Prix

1986: Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet in a Williams-Honda and Alain Prost, in a comparatively underpowered McLarenmarker, were competing for the drivers' title. Mansell needed only third to guarantee the title, whilst Prost and Piquet needed to win and for Mansell to finish lower than third to take the title. Whilst comfortably in the top three with a few laps to go, Mansell's Williams suffered a spectacular mechanical failure, with a rear tyre puncture at very high speed near the end of the main straight creating a huge shower of sparks as the floor of the vehicle dragged along the bitumen surface. Mansell fought to control the violently veering car and steered it to a safe stop. Prost took the lead, as Mansell's teammate Piquet had pitted as a pre-cautionary measure, and won the race and the championship. Prost himself came incredibly close to failure, as his vehicle coasted to a halt on his victory lap, out of fuel.


1991: The race was notable for being held in extremely wet and tricky conditions and the race was eventually stopped on lap 14 of the scheduled 82 and Ayrton Senna was declared the winner. This race has the record of the shortest ever Formula One race as it only lasted 52 kilometres/24 minutes.


1994: Following his win at the Japanese Grand Prix, Damon Hill was now one point behind championship leader Michael Schumacher. Nigel Mansell was on pole but a poor start resulted in the two championship rivals Hill and Schumacher battling for the lead. But on lap 36, Schumacher went off the track, a result of oversteer, and this allowed Hill to catch up with Schumacher and take the inside line for the next corner. Schumacher turned in on Hill's Williams (whether on purpose or accidentally remains unknown) which sent the Benetton up on two wheels and into the tyre barrier, Schumacher retiring on the spot. Hill came out of the incident with a broken wishbone on his front-left suspension, he pitted and retired from the race, handing the title to Schumacher. The sister Williams of Nigel Mansell went onto win the race, becoming the oldest Grand Prix winner since Jack Brabham in 1970.


2001
The 2001 race saw Michael Schumacher take pole position and win the race and three drivers, Fernando Alonso; Kimi Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya, all made their Formula One debuts during this race. The race, however, was struck by tragedy in when a flying tyre from a crash between Williams' Ralf Schumacher and BAR's Jacques Villeneuve flew through a gap in the barrier fence and killed a volunteer track marshal, Graham Beveridge, who was 52 years old.


2002
The 2002 event saw the best performance by an Australian driver when Mark Webber, in the perennially uncompetitive Minardi, took advantage of the misfortune of other competitors, after a first lap pile up eliminated 9 cars, to finish an unlikely fifth, holding off a fast-closing Mika Salo in a much faster Toyota. He and the Australian-born team owner Paul Stoddart became instant national celebrities well beyond the motor racing world, the minor placing receiving far more attention in Australia than Michael Schumacher's win.


2008
Lewis Hamilton won from pole in a chaotic race that featured 3 safety car periods. None of the six Ferrari powered cars made the finish in the blistering heat, and there were also the fewest number of finishers in a Formula One race since the 1996 Spanish Grand Prix.


2009
Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello scored a 1-2 finish for Brawn GPmarker in the team's début race. The team was formed from the remnants of Honda Racing F1 who had withdrawn from the sport following the 2008 season. The race ended with Button, who had led from the start, leading the field over the line after the safety car had been deployed with 3 laps remaining following a crash between Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica, who had been fighting for 2nd. Toyota's Jarno Trulli was given a 25 second penalty for passing Lewis Hamilton for 3rd place under yellow flags during that safety car period, which promoted Hamilton into that position. However, Hamilton was later disqualified and docked his points for "deliberately misleading stewards", with Trulli reinstated in third. The results earned by Brawnmarker, Williams, and Toyota were awarded, despite an appeal being held two weeks later against a ruling on the legality of the teams' diffuser design. The outcome of the appeal was in favour of the teams and that their diffusers were legal under the new rules and there were no changes to the results of the race.


Recent attendance

Celebrity Challenge, 2008 GP
An area of recent debate regarding the move of the Australian Grand Prix to Melbournemarker is the dwindling crowd attendances. Crowd numbers have not peaked since the Melbourne record of 401,000 in 1996. This has resulted in many questioning whether the event is bringing the economic benefits first promised when it was announced Melbourne would host the race in 1993. A possible reason for the drop in attendance is that since the Grand Prix has moved to Melbourne, the race organisers have significantly decreased the number of support events at the Grand Prix. Instead of using the event to showcase Australian motor sport, many classes featured in the past have been replaced by celebrity and corporate sponsored events. For instance, while the Grand Prix Corporation has used the presence of Australian driver, Mark Webber, as an advertising draw card for the event, the class in which Mark first started coming to attention, Formula Ford, was dropped from the 2006 programme. Another factor possibly influencing the crowds in 2007 was the withdrawal of Australia's most popular domestic racing series, V8 Supercar, a factor disputed by an attendance drop of just 500. In 2009, the global financial crisis and higher unemployment was cited by Victorianmarker Premier John Brumby as a reason for a slight drop in crowds.
  • 2009 - 286,900
  • 2008 - 303,000
  • 2007 - 301,000
  • 2006 - 301,500
  • 2005 - 359,000
  • 1996 - 401,000


Future

Beyond 2010, the Victorian Government announced that Melbourne would retain the Australian Grand Prix until at least 2015. The race starting time will be moved to 5pm in order to satisfy Bernie Ecclestone's ultimatum earlier this year, stating to the Sunday Mail that the only way Melbourne would retain the race is a move to a night race in order to increase European television audiences. However the later start will not result in a 'night race' as Geoscience Australia has forecast dusk for 29th of March 2009 at 7:45pm

Sponsors

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Transurban Australian Grand Prix 1996

Qantas Australian Grand Prix 1997–2001

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Australian Grand Prix 2010

Winners

Multiple winners (drivers)

Wins which did not count towards the Formula One World Championship are indicated by a pink background.
Number of wins Driver Years Won
4 Lex Davison 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961
Michael Schumacher 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
3 Bill Thompson 1930, 1932, 1933
Doug Whiteford 1950, 1952, 1953
Jack Brabham 1955, 1963, 1964
Graham McRae 1972, 1973, 1978
Roberto Moreno 1981, 1983, 1984
Alain Prost 1982, 1986, 1988
2 Les Murphy 1935, 1937
Bruce McLaren 1962, 1965
Frank Matich 1970, 1971
Max Stewart 1974, 1975
Gerhard Berger 1987, 1992
Ayrton Senna 1991, 1993
Damon Hill 1995, 1996
David Coulthard 1997, 2003


Multiple winners (constructors)

Embolded constructors are still competing in the Formula One championship


Number of wins Constructor Years Won
10 Ferrari 1957, 1958, 1969, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
McLarenmarker 1970, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008
6 Williams 1980, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996
5 Cooper 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965
4 Bugattimarker 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932
MG 1935, 1937, 1939, 1947
Lola 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979
Ralt 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
2 Talbot-Lago 1952, 1953
Maseratimarker 1956, 1959
Brabham 1963, 1964
BRM 1966, 1967
Matich 1971, 1976
McRae 1973, 1978
Renaultmarker 2005, 2006


By year

Events which were not part of the Formula One World Championship are indicated by a pink background.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2009 Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Albert Parkmarker Report
2008 Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Albert Parkmarker Report
2007 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
2006 Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker Albert Parkmarker Report
2005 Giancarlo Fisichella Renaultmarker Albert Parkmarker Report
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
2003 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes Albert Parkmarker Report
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
1999 Eddie Irvine Ferrari Albert Parkmarker Report
1998 Mika Häkkinen McLarenmarker-Mercedes Albert Parkmarker Report
1997 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes Albert Parkmarker Report
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renaultmarker Albert Parkmarker Report
1995 Damon Hill Williams-Renaultmarker Adelaidemarker Report
1994 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renaultmarker Adelaidemarker Report
1993 Ayrton Senna McLarenmarker-Ford Adelaidemarker Report
1992 Gerhard Berger McLarenmarker-Honda Adelaidemarker Report
1991 Ayrton Senna McLarenmarker-Honda Adelaidemarker Report
1990 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Adelaidemarker Report
1989 Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renaultmarker Adelaidemarker Report
1988 Alain Prost McLarenmarker-Honda Adelaidemarker Report
1987 Gerhard Berger Ferrari Adelaidemarker Report
1986 Alain Prost McLarenmarker-TAG Adelaidemarker Report
1985 Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda Adelaidemarker Report
1984 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Caldermarker Report
1983 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Caldermarker Report
1982 Alain Prost Ralt-Cosworth Caldermarker Report
1981 Roberto Moreno Ralt-Cosworth Caldermarker Report
1980 Alan Jones Williams-Cosworth Caldermarker Report
1979 Johnnie Walker Lola-Chevrolet Wanneroomarker Report
1978 Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1977 Warwick Brown Lola-Chevrolet Oran Park Racewaymarker Report
1976 John Goss Matich-Holden Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1975 Max Stewart Lola-Chevrolet Surfers Paradisemarker Report
1974 Max Stewart Lola-Chevrolet Oran Park Racewaymarker Report
1973 Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1972 Graham McRae Leda-Chevrolet Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1971 Frank Matich Matich-Holden Warwick Farmmarker Report
1970 Frank Matich McLarenmarker-Holden Warwick Farmmarker Report
1969 Chris Amon Ferrari Lakesidemarker Report
1968 Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1967 Jackie Stewart BRM Warwick Farmmarker Report
1966 Graham Hill BRM Lakesidemarker Report
1965 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Longfordmarker Report
1964 Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Sandown Racewaymarker Report
1963 Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Warwick Farmmarker Report
1962 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Cavershammarker Report
1961 Lex Davison Cooper-Climax Mallalamarker Report
1960 Alec Mildren Cooper-Maseratimarker Lowoodmarker Report
1959 Stan Jones Maseratimarker Longfordmarker Report
1958 Lex Davison Ferrarimarker Bathurstmarker Report
1957 Lex Davison

Bill Patterson
Ferrarimarker Cavershammarker Report
1956 Stirling Moss Maseratimarker Albert Parkmarker Report
1955 Jack Brabham Cooper-Bristol Port Wakefield Report
1954 Lex Davison HWM-Jaguar Southportmarker Report
1953 Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago Albert Parkmarker Report
1952 Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago Bathurstmarker Report
1951 Warwick Pratley George Reed Special-Ford Narroginmarker Report
1950 Doug Whiteford Ford Nuriootpa Report
1949 John Crouch Delahaye Leyburnmarker Report
1948 Frank Pratt * BMW Point Cookmarker Report
1947 Bill Murray * MG Bathurstmarker Report
1940

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Not held
1939 Alan Tomlinson * MG Lobethalmarker Report
1938 Peter Whitehead * ERA Bathurstmarker Report
1937 + Les Murphy * MG Victor Harbormarker Report
1936 Not held
1935 Les Murphy * MG Phillip Islandmarker Report
1934 Bob Lea-Wright * Singer Phillip Islandmarker Report
1933 Bill Thompson * Riley Phillip Islandmarker Report
1932 Bill Thompson * Bugattimarker Phillip Islandmarker Report
1931 Carl Junker Bugattimarker Phillip Islandmarker Report
1930 Bill Thompson Bugattimarker Phillip Islandmarker Report
1929 Arthur Terdich Bugattimarker Phillip Islandmarker Report
1928 # Arthur Waite Austin Phillip Islandmarker Report


  • * From 1932 to 1948 the winner was determined on a handicap basis.
  • + The 1937 event was staged as the "South Australian Centenary Grand Prix" on 26 December 1936.
  • # The 1928 event was officialy known as the "100 Miles Road Race"


Footnote

  1. The Adelaide Review : Archives
  2. Circuit Background
  3. Australia aims to keep late March date
  4. Aust GP enjoys healthy crowds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  5. Albert Park F1 Circuit Crowds
  6. Australian Stadiums :: Australian F1 GP (d4)
  7. 2008 FORMULA 1 ING Australian Grand Prix
  8. Green light for dusk Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park
  9. Melbourne Grand Prix's seven-year deal
  10. Graham Howard, After 6,201 miles and 49 races, the 50th AGP marked the end of an era, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86, page 33
  11. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, page 82
  12. John B. Blanden, A History of Australian Grand Prix 1928-1939 (1981), page 1


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