Video: Preview Australian Grand Prix
The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship gets underway in Melbourne next week with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Hosted at the beautiful Albert Park for the 17th consecutive year, the 5.303 km street circuit is located south of Melbourne city centre, and uses public roads surrounding the man-made Albert Park lake.
From 2002 - 2011, the winner of the Australian Grand Prix has gone on to become World Champion seven times. The Safety Car has been deployed in six of the last ten Australian Grands Prix on a total of 15 occasions.