2019 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix Factfile
Renault F1 Team is in Melbourne ready for the highly-anticipated, season-opening race of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Rolex Australian Grand Prix.The New Kid…
…and The Hülk
- Daniel Ricciardo makes his debut for the team this weekend. It is the Perth native’s eighth home race and his 151st Grand Prix start. He has scored 34 points in Melbourne so far, at an average of 4.85 per race.
- Daniel is one of only four Australians to have competed in their home Grand Prix. Mark Webber, Alan Jones and David Brabham complete the quartet.
- Daniel will unveil his new-look helmet in Melbourne. The Aussie’s lid has been designed by compatriot Ornamental Conifer, an artist based in Los Angeles. The extreme new look is based on Daniel’s passion for doing things differently, and takes both a modern and old-school twist. The quote, “Stop Being Them” on the side of the helmet, is inspired by Conifer and represents the meaning behind the helmet of taking a different path in life.
- A grandstand located at Turn 3 will be named the Daniel Ricciardo grandstand in Dan’s honour and boasts superb views of Turns 3, 4 and 5.
- Nico Hülkenberg, on his 157th race start, begins his third season in Renault colours and his ninth year in Formula 1 this weekend. Nico has also started seven races in Australia, scoring 26 points with an average of 3.71 per Grand Prix. He has raced 285 laps in Melbourne.
- Nico has split the winter break between locations in Europe and warm weather training in Majorca and Monaco.
- The team heads to Australia on the back of a positive pre-season test in Barcelona. Nico and Daniel completed 961 laps (close to 4,500km) between them - the equivalent of 15 race distances – the third most of any team.
And in other news…
- The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is based on public roads surrounding Albert Park Lake, south of downtown Melbourne. Opened in 1953, the course first hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1996 with Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) winning from team-mate and pole sitter Jacques Villeneuve. Renault has powered a further seven wins in Australia.
- The track is one of the flattest on the 2019 calendar with only Sochi featuring less elevation change.
- The circuit is also sensitive on fuel. For every 10kg added to the car, a lap time – on average – will be 0.4s slower, the greatest effect on the 2019 calendar.
- Castrol celebrates its 100th Anniversary of selling products in Australia over the Grand Prix weekend and will feature a special promotion on the Renault R.S.19.