2023 Formula One Australia Grand Prix

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Who will win the 2023 Formula One Australian Grand Prix?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 599 62.9%
  • Sergio Perez

    Votes: 28 2.9%
  • Fernando Alonso

    Votes: 201 21.1%
  • Lance Stroll

    Votes: 4 0.4%
  • Charles Leclerc

    Votes: 24 2.5%
  • Carlos Sainz

    Votes: 2 0.2%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 55 5.8%
  • George Russell

    Votes: 7 0.7%
  • Esteban Ocon

    Votes: 2 0.2%
  • Pierre Gasly

    Votes: 2 0.2%
  • Oscar Piastri

    Votes: 2 0.2%
  • Lando Norris

    Votes: 2 0.2%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    Votes: 1 0.1%
  • Nico Hulkenberg

    Votes: 4 0.4%
  • Zhou Guanyu

    Votes: 1 0.1%
  • Valterri Bottas

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Logan Sargeant

    Votes: 6 0.6%
  • Alex Albon

    Votes: 3 0.3%
  • Nyck Devries

    Votes: 1 0.1%
  • Yuki Tsunoda

    Votes: 8 0.8%

  • Total voters
Round three of the FIA Formula One World Championship takes place at Melbourne, Australia this weekend. Who will claim the top step of the podium around Albert Park?

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One month into the season and it's already Round three of the 2023 Formula One World Championship. This time around, the paddock flies down under in a much-celebrated return to the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

Europeans will be facing the early morning struggles. Practice sessions take place in the middle of the night whilst qualifying and the race both kick off at 8am CET. Despite making for an early start for a weekend, it is always a magical experience to wake up for an exciting race. Hear your alarm and immediately receive a rush of anticipation as you realise today's the day you get to watch the fastest race cars in the world take on a brilliant street course. Before feeling that magical excitement, here are some things to look out for in the Australian GP.

Understanding where everyone sits​

Two races in, we should by now have a good idea of where every team and driver sits in the field. However, with various outfits hitting trouble in the first pair of events, the paddock is still struggling to define a predictable order.

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At the front, Red Bull are the clear favourites. But further down, it's difficult to know where cars should sit. Behind the dominating pair lie three teams, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mercedes. With Ferrari suffering issues in both races so far and Aston Martin's drivers topping and tailing the six-car train, we don't know if Ferrari sits ahead or behind this pack. Visiting Melbourne, let's hope each team has a decent run of things in order to determine the true pace of the Italian Stallions.

Further down, the midfield is truly unpredictable given the close nature of the pack. Qualifying will be of upmost importance this weekend, so drivers can't afford to not extract the maximum out of their cars. Miss out on a tenth and you could find yourself dropping back several places. The midfield is where experts believe McLaren to be, but where exactly, no-one knows. The first two races saw issues befall both cars dropping them to the rear of the pack. Can the Papaya pairing finally have a clean race this weekend?

Piastri returns home​

Speaking of McLaren, its youngest driver will be racing on his home streets of Melbourne for the first time in his career. The young Aussie will want to make a good first impression on his home-grown fans, but a good result depends on the car underneath him.

From Daniel Ricciardo getting the boot at the end of last year to Oscar Piastri getting a poor start to the season from no fault of his own. McLaren won't be popular with Australian F1 fans, and if he struggles this weekend, Monday could see plenty of orange shirts filling bins around Albert Park.

Team management will be crucial​

With Red Bull undisputedly leading the field, its two drivers are beginning to lock horns. Last time out, Sergio Perez managed to out-do his World Champion teammate putting the two level on race wins this year. The tail end of the Saudi Arabian GP featured disobedience from both drivers, a trait sure to rear its head this weekend if the team can't get a handle of the situation.

Whilst this makes for exciting viewing to spectators, the teams always hope for an easy race without drama. It's all well and good fighting to close or maintain a five-second gap. But when these two get closer mid-race and start fighting wheel-to-wheel, that's when things could get nasty for the energy drinks outfit.

With a dominant car, Red Bull is looking to win as many races early on before their lack of wind tunnel time starts to hinder them. A double DNF this early on would throw a spanner in their plans and open the door for a championship challenge from another team. Fancy a shot at your third, Fernando?

Will you be getting up early for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix? Who are you putting your money on?
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Angus Martin
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Not 100% related to the Grand Prix... but I very much wish F1 management (FOM) was more accommodating to the support series, especially when it comes to TV rights. It's deeply frustrating that SuperView, the paid YouTube service where all the V8 Supercars race weekends are usually broadcast – and the only way for most international fans of the series to watch – is disallowed from broadcasting the Albert Park races because F1 says "no, you must watch on OUR TV package" (and pay accordingly :rolleyes:). Moreover, I read yesterday that FOM even disallows the Porsche Carrera Cup drivers from keeping their own onboard videos because of wanting to aggressively enforce F1 broadcasting rights. Patently ridiculous. I don't care for modern F1, so I wouldn't want to pay for their service anyhow... but talk about a disrespectful way to treat your support series and a way to alienate fans of those series. :(
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My Money is on Leclerc for third. No need to talk about 1 and 2.

I will probably be at least watching the start at 1 AM local time.
i wish my team ferrari and mclaren do something in this race also i hope aston martin win for the first time
Go Kevin go.:thumbsup:
You gonna up your position tomorrow from FP2.
Just look at Mistar Hulk - he obviously dont wanna be second driver :whistling:
My money would be on PER. If VER runs 5 clean laps and the car is up for it... VER will be p1.

@BrunoBæ: MAG did well securing the last point last time. Would love to see a Haas car in p7-8 and this year MAG is blessed with a very capable team mate. HUL is an amazing driver and like MAG he never had a shot at the best car but he never gave up.

Fun fact: In his early karting years MAG had to get a smaller seat when he stopped using diapers. Source: Jan Magnussen :)
Watching FP3 now. It's weird to see Ricciardo as the third driver in the RB garage. I wonder if he would have accepted a seat at Alpha Tauri?
Kevin Magnussen, 14th, 1:18.129
“The car was good but I messed up the lap when it counted unfortunately, so P14.
()It’s a shame on my side but I’m still looking forward to the race – we can fight.”
My resumee after Quali and 2 races
- Gasly showing slowly that he is probably slightly better and faster then Ocon, but both not really top drivers
- Hulk at least two levels above Magnussen in speed, just not enough currency in terms of racing right now, which is obvious after a long break of racing. Will come again. Also puts Schumachers performance into perspective
- hard to judge Alonso and Stroll. I think the car makes them look better then they are, both probably not top 8 drivers on the grid
- Norris being consistenly faster then the "wonderkid", "new verstappen" Piastri; that said, I'd judge he would probably be faster then every Alpine or Aston driver in half a year. Both way too good for the car
- Russell showing that he is indeed the faster driver then Hamilton by now. I guess in the end they will be close in points again, both with their individual strengths
- LeClerc lost the "bite", doesn't seem like a driver who is confident to win anymore, Ferrari ruined him
- Verstappen probably winning the WC by way more then 100 points this season
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- Hulk at least two levels above Magnussen in speed, just not enough currency in terms of racing right now, which is obvious after a long break of racing. Will come again.
Oh you evil man.:ninja:
But Im sure tomorrows race wil show who really has the speed - and maybe even better: Racecraft:laugh:
LeClerc lost the "bite", doesn't seem like a driver who is confident to win anymore, Ferrari ruined him
In the sport of Supercross(Stadium Motocross) there is a Factory Honda rider who is one of the fastest riders in the field. When he is chasing someone, he's smooth and consistant. Once he gets the lead, it is only a matter of time before he crashes, usually by himself without any other rider interference. LeClerc is much like that. Certainly one of the faster drivers, but apparently unable to stay focused lap after lap. I think last year's series of unforced driver errors and mechanical failures has set him up to fail this year. For the rest of the season we will be treated to radio and Press interviews about the failings of the car as it is clear the Ferrari is no match for either the Redbull or Aston. (and probably not even Mercedes at the rate the two teams are swapping places)
I wonder how long before there is friction between the Merc drivers? They are very closely matched and in a car that is second fastest and getting better.
Funnily enough, after reading Autosport forums just now, it would appear there is friction among the Merc (read, Ham fans) towards Russell. They are not liking how well George is performing :)
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