- Melbourne, Australia
- Sepang, Malaysia
- Shanghai, China
- Sakhir, Bahrain
- Montmelo, Spain
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Montreal, Canada
- Silverstone, Great Britain
- Nürburg, Germany
- Budapest, Hungary
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Monza, Italy
- Yeongam, South Korea
- Suzuka, Japan
- New Delhi, India
- Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
- Austin, U.S.A.
- Sao Paolo, Brazil
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17 March 2013 Melbourne, Albert Park Circuit
There’s usually a bit of weather floating around in Melbourne, due to its proximity to the ocean. You need to be prepared for rain.
Turn 16: a long right-hander to end the lap. You need to get the car turned in efficiently so that you can get back on the power early for the pit-straight.
Turns 11 and 12: the fastest and most rewarding corners on the lap. You need to be very committed and precise through here and 13 is a potential overtaking place if you get it right.
Turn 5: it might not look much because it’s only a little kink, but you have to use all of the road and the barriers are close, so it gets your attention.
The quick chicane out the back is pretty spectacular. You won’t see much overtaking, but it’s a good place to see F1 cars cornering at high speed.
. Turns 3 & 4 are quite intimate because the grandstands are pretty close to the track.
||17 March 2013
||Albert Park Circuit
|No. of laps
||1:24.125 – M Schumacher (2004)
Pre-season testing has gone pretty well, but it’s only when we get to Melbourne that we’ll find out how the RB9 stacks up against the opposition. The technical regulations are almost unchanged from last year, so we’re expecting a close fight up front.
I always look forward to the Australian Grand Prix. Melbourne is a great place to kick-off the season and I know I’m very lucky to have a home race. As an event, it’s very well organised and there’s always a good atmosphere because it’s well attended and Melbourne pretty much stops for race week.
I’ve been on most podiums in Formula One, but never at my home race. That’s definitely got to be the goal for this year, and it would be absolutely amazing to win at home. Perhaps I should swap with Jenson [Button] this year; he’s won in Melbourne a few times, but never finished on the podium at Silverstone, and I’ve done the opposite!
As for Albert Park, it’s a pretty good track. It’s closer to a street track than a normal circuit and it has a few repetitive second-gear right-handers. But there are some rewarding corners as well, such as the quick chicane out the back and Turn 5, the little kink at the end of the first sector. There’s plenty to get your teeth into.
AS A MATTER OF FACT…
- Mark has never finished on the podium in his home grand prix. His fourth place in 2012 was his best result to date.
- Mark's first lap of Albert Park was in a Mercedes sportscar back in '99. He followed his hero Mick Doohan, who was riding a Honda 500cc motorbike, for the demo run.
- Albert Park was the scene of Mark's F1 debut in 2002. He finished fifth for Minardi.
- Mark has a grandstand named after him at Albert Park. The Mark Webber grandstand can be found overlooking the final corner, Turn 16.
- Mark is one of only three drivers on the grid to have raced at Adelaide, the former home of the Australian Grand Prix. In 1995 he won the Formula Ford support race at the track.