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Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix

Location - Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

Date - 23rd-25th March 2018

Lap Length - 3.296 mi - 5.303 km

Laps - 58

Race Distance - 191.168m - 307.574km

Turns - 16

Lap record - 1:24.125, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004

It has become something of a tradition for Melbourne to host the opening race of the F1 championship, since it became the venue of choice for the Australian Grand Prix in 1996. The race itself has a long history, dating right back to 1928, when Colonel Arthur Waite won in his Austin 7. But the Australian Grand Prix had to wait until 1985 to become part of the F1 calendar.

The Track

The circuit runs around the lake at Albert Park, just a few kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. In spite of being a street circuit based on public roads, it has all the qualities of a "proper" race track, in so much as it has a natural, organic feel, and named corners, which always speak of the history and character of any circuit.

In terms of layout, I think it's quite cute, and instantly recognisable. It has a good range of corners, and a fair amount of character. It obviously lacks the elevation changes of Spa, and the corner combinations of Silverstone, but that's being very picky indeed. In it's own right it's a cracking circuit, which the drivers and fans alike seem to enjoy.

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Winners

Unfortunately for the home fans, they haven't had a lot to cheer about in terms of Australian drivers. I'm sure Ricciardo will win his home Grand Prix at some point in his career, but when he does, he'll be the first Australian to win at Albert Park since Doug Whiteford in 1953, and the first ever to win a Formula 1 Australian GP.

Past Winners

2017 - Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

2016 - Nico Rosberg, Mercedes

2015 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2014 - Nico Rosberg, Mercedes

2013 - Kimi Räikkönen, Lotus-Renault

2012 - Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

2011 - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

2010 - Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

2009 - Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes

2008 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

British drivers have won the most Australian F1 GPs, winning seven GPs in Melbourne and two in Adelaide, and McLaren have been the most succesful constructor.

Looking at multiple winners, Michael Schumacher leads the pack having won it four times, with Jenson Button next, having won it three times in four years 2009-12. Of our current crop of drivers, Kimi Raikonnen, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton have all won twice.

Last year's winner was Sebastian Vettel, with Ferrari breaking Mercedes' three year stranglehold on the top step of the podium, and grabbing the Scuderia's first win here in a decade.

Crowds

It seems the folks down under have really taken to the Australian GP, so it always looks like a well attended race with a buoyant atmosphere. Crowds often top 100,000 on race day, and are not far off that for practise and qualifying. In 2015 the race weekend attendance was nearly 300,000, the second best of the whole season.

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Round 2 - Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain GP Details
Location - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
Date - 6th-8th April 2018
Lap Length - 3.363 mi -5.412 km
Laps - 57

Race Distance - 191.691m - 308.238km
Turns - 15
Lap record - 1:31.447 Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 2005

The Bahrain Grand Prix made history in 2004, when it became the first F1 race to be held in the middle east.

Unfortunately it also made history in 2011 when the race was cancelled because of civil unrest, and it was somewhat controversial that the race went ahead in 2012.

The Track

The circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, has several noteworthy features. The run off areas are huge, and the sand around the perimeter is sprayed with adhesive to stop it from blowing onto the track The surface of the track is made from aggregate imported from Shropshire which has good grip levels and is also used at Yas Marina. Unusually, most of the circuit is below sea level, with the high point of the track being less than a metre above it.

The track layout is distinctive, and varied without actually being in any way inspiring, to me at least. The long straights look like they were drawn with a ruler, and all of them end in tight corners (the current recipe for creating overtaking opportunities). In between is a bit of a pick and mix, a bit of this and a bit of that. Having said that, those parts of the the layout, the infield, are probably the most intersting. But it still has the feel of a drawing board exercise, plonked down into a flat landscape.

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Winners

With only a short history to speak of, the list of past winners is fairly short, so here's the whole list.

2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2011 Cancelled
2010 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari
2007 Felipe Massa Ferrari
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault
2005 Fernando Alonso Renault
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari

Ferrari have the best team record in Bahrain, with five wins. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are the most succesful drivers with three wins apiece.

Unusually, perhaps even uniquely, the lap record at the Bahrain International Circuit is held by Pedro de la Rosa!!! No really, that's true.

Crowds

Bahrain is often the least well attended Grand Prix, with just 32,000 fans turning up to watch the 2015 race.

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Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese GP Details
Location - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China
Date - 13th-15th April 2018
Lap Length - 3.387 mi - 5.412 km
Laps - 56
Race Distance - 189.559 mi - 305.066 km
Turns - 13
Lap record - 1:35.37 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

After a failed attempt by the Chinese government to make the purpose built Zhuhai International Circuit an accepted F1 track in 1999, China finally succeeded in getting it's own Grand Prix in 2004, at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The Track

When it was completed, the Shanghai circuit was the most expensive F1 facility ever built, only surpassed by Abu Dhabi five years later.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track layout is distinctive, and turns one through to four are quite interesting, and by all accounts quite challenging. But like Bahrain, the straights are ruler straight, the track is flat, and the end result is a circuit that seems uninspiring, in spite of the impressive main grandstand, and the distinctive bridges over the main pit straight

I know that just like Sakhir, I'm being very fussy here, particularly bearing in mind that both are very impressive facilities. But for me, the best race tracks are born of a place, created almost organically from the landscape. Perhaps having Sakhir, and Shanghai next to each other on the F1 calendar emphasises the similarities. Two flat "Tilkedromes", both inaugurated in 2004, and both sharing certain characteristics, both good and bad.

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Winners

The comparisons with Sakhir continue here, since Shanghai joined the F1 calendar in the same year. So again, the history is short enough for us to list every winner.

2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2013 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2012 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2011 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2010 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
2009 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2007 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
2006 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2005 Fernando Alonso Renault
2004 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has the best record in Shanghai, with five victories, and also holds the lap record. Fernando Alonso, and Nico Rosberg have two wins each . Mercedes are the most succesful constructor with five wins.

There is one note in the history of F1 which belongs to Shanghai. It was the venue of the 91st, and final victory for the most succesful F1 driver of all time, Michael Schumacher.

Crowds

The Chinese Grand Prix is surprisingly well attended, with 125,000 fans turning up on race day 2015. Practise and qualifying don't seem to have the same interest for the Chinese though, with only 20,000 attending.

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Round 4 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Details
Location - Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan
Date - 27th-29th Aprilh 2018
Lap Length - 3.730 mi -6.003 km

Laps - 51

Race Distance - 190.170 mi - 306.049 km
Turns - 20
Lap record - 1:43.441 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2017

2017 saw the maiden running of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit.

The Track

The circuit is based in the heart of Baku city centre and the lap is so varied that you could describe it as having multiple personalities.

The right hand side of the track (as we look at the plans) takes the drivers anti clockwise through the modern shopping boulevards of Baku, and consists of a simple, and fairly characterless series of straights and tight 90° corners.

The central section is a rather odd looking motorway straight where the cars travel in opposite directions, seperated only by a central barrier.

But on the left of the layout, we get to the old town, which provides something more interesting. Turns 8 to 12 are probably the narrowest and tightest of any in F1, as the drivers cut through the old city streets. Then there is a swooping loop of the perimeter of the old town, with varied corners and even some elevation changes.

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Baku is the third track on the calendar to be designed by HermanTilke, and the second to be mostly below sea level. But this strange street circuit is such a Jekyll and Hyde track that it's difficult to know quite what to make of it.

Winners

There have only been two F1 races in Baku, the 2016 European Grand Prix won by Nico Rosberg, and the inaugural Azerbaijan GP of 2017, won by Daniel Ricciardo.

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What a great post. I've got to say that I don't race much on plastic tracks, mainly routed wood/MDF, but I can certainly appreciate the time and effort that Jason has put into this thread. I'm sure this will be a great future reference area for plastic track building.
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Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix

Spanish GP Details
Location - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Date - 11th-13th May 2018
Lap Length - 2.892 mi - 4.655 km
Laps - 66
Race Distance - 190.825 mi - 307.104 km
Turns - 16
Lap record - 1:21.670 Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 2008

The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1913, albeit with several breaks for various reasons. It has been run on many circuits, including Lasarte, Pedralbes, Jarama, Montjuic, Jerez, and Catalunya, which has been the venue since 1991.

The event was the final round of F1's second season in 1951, where Juan Manuel Fangio claimed his first driver's title, driving for Alfa Romeo. The Spanish GP was a regular event in the F1 calendar from 1968 to 1979, and has been a part of every F1 season since 1986.

The Track

With long straights and a wide variety of corners, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is seen as an all round test of an F1 car's abilities, and for this reason is regularly used for pre season testing.

In terms of the layout, it certainly provides variety, from the wide, sweeping turn 3, to the changing radii of 4,5, and 6, and the tight hairpin at turn 10.

The layout was altered in 2007, replacing a sweeping corner at turn 13 with a tight chicane, created by adding turns 14, and 15. This was an attempt to adapt to the greater aerodynamic turbulence of modern F1 cars, create better overtaking opportunities, and lower speeds at the entrance to the pit lane.

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Winners

Past Winners
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer
2015 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2013 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2012 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2010 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2008 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
2007 Felipe Massa Ferrari
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault

In the F1 era, Michael Schumacher has the most Spanish GP wins with seven, including four in succession from 2001-2004. Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and Mika Hakinnen all have three wins.

Of the current drivers, Kimi Raikonnen, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton all have two victories each.

Ferrari have been the most successful team in Spain with 12 wins, followed by McLaren with eight.

Last year's winner was Lewis Hamilton, but it was the year before that may be better remembered. In 2016, both Mercedes drivers had crashed out by turn four of the race, as Hamilton and Rosberg tussled for the lead, with disastrous consequences.

Max Verstappen went on to win on his debut for Red Bull, and in the process broke several records, including the youngest GP winner, and the first Dutchman to win an F1 Grand Prix .

Crowds

The Spanish Grand Prix has been reasonably well attended in recent years, with around 90,000 spectators on race day, thanks in part to Fernando Alonso.

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Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco GP Details
Location - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Date - 24th-27th May 2018
Lap Length - 2.074 mi -3.337 km
Laps - 78
Race Distance - 161.734 mi - 260.286 km
Turns - 19
Race lap record - 1:14.820 Sergio Pérez,Force India-Mercedes, 2017

To most motorsport fans the Monaco Grand Prix needs very little introduction. It is one of the most challenging, most prestigious, and most glamorous races in the world. To some though, it is also considered a dangerous and frustrating anachronism.

Nelson Piquet once said that racing at Monaco was "like trying to cycle round your living room", but also added that "a win here was worth two anywhere else".

The Track

The circuit is unique, iconic, and distinctive. The names of the corners are embedded in Grand Prix history, and few other F1 tracks can match the longevity of it's general layout, which dates back to 1929. The circuit is famous for it's tight hairpins, elevation changes, harbour frontage, and of course it's unique tunnel.

Amongst the drivers, Monaco is known as probably the most challenging on the F1 calendar, where even a moment's lack of concentration will be punished, due to the lack of run off areas.

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Winners

Ayrton Senna has the most F1 victories in Monaco with six wins, followed by Graham Hill, and Michael Schumacher with five, and Alain Prost with four.

Past Winners

2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2015 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2014 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2013 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2012 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2010 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2007 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault
2005 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes

Of the current crop of drivers, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel all have two wins apiece.

McLaren are by far the most succesful constructor at Monaco with 15 race wins. Ferrari have ten, and Lotus and Mercedes both have seven.

Last year's winner was Sebastian Vettel, who extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 25 points. Second was Kimi Raikonnen, providing Ferrari's first 1-2 finish since the 2010 German GP.

Crowds

The Monaco GP attracts around 200,000 spectators, which is about average for an F1 race.

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Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian GP Details
Location - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Date - 8th-10th June 2018
Lap Length - 2.709 mi - 4.361 km
Laps - 70

Race Distance - 189.694 mi - 307.574km
Turns - 305.270 km
Race lap record - 1:13.622, Rubens Barichello, Ferrari, 2004

The Canadian GP has been part of the F1 calendar since 1967, hosted first at Mosport Park, then at Mont Tremblant, and finally at it's current location, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Île Notre-Dame, Montreal.

The race has become one of the most vibrant and popular of the F1 season.

The Track

The circuit is located on a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River most of which was originally built up for the 1967 Expo. The track itself runs right around the outside of the island, and almost half of it runs alongside the Olympic Basin, a huge rectangular basin created for the rowing events of the 1976 Olympic games.

Unusually, the circuit is probably most famous for the Wall of Champions, so called because Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed there in 1999.

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Winners

Michael Schumacher has won the most Canadian GPs, with 7 wins. Lewis Hamilton has won 6, and Nelson Piquet 3.

Amongst the current drivers, Hamilton's dominance in Montreal is emphasised by the fact that the only other winners, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikonnen have only managed one win each.

Past Winners
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2014 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2012 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2011 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
2010 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

In terms of the teams, McLaren have the most F1 Canadian GP wins with 13, Ferrari have 11, and Williams have 7.

Last year's winner was Lewis Hamilton who took the pole, the fastest lap, and the race win.

Crowds

In 2005, the Canadian Grand Prix was reported to be the most watched F1 GP in the world, and the third most watched TV sporting event of any kind, behind the Super Bowl and the Champions League Final.

The Montreal event is usaully well attended with nearly 100,000 on race day, and approaching 250,000 over the course of the event.

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Round 8 - French Grand Prix

French GP Details

Location - Circuit Paul Ricard , Le Castellet, France

Date - 22nd-24th June 2018

Lap Length - 3.630 mi - 5.842 km

Laps - 53

Race Distance - 192.43mi - 309.69 km

Turns - 15

Lap record - 1:39.914 - Keke Rosberg,Williams-Honda FW10, 1985

The French Grand Prix is the oldest of all GPs, having first run on 26 June 1906. It's long history has seen it use 16 different circuits. However, this is first time since 2008 that an F1 race has been held in France.

The Track

Circuit Paul Ricard was built in 1969, financed by the pastis magnate after whom it is named. Opened on 19 April 1970, its innovative facilities made it one of the safest motor racing circuits in the world, and it became a popular test track.

The track hosted the French GP every other year from 1971 to 1985 on the full layout, then every year from 1985 to 1990 on a shortened layout. This year it moves back to the full length track.

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Winners

Michael Shumacher has the most F1 wins in France with 8. He is followed by Alain Prost with 6, and Juan Manuel Fangio and Nigel Mansell who both have 4.

Ferrari have the best team record in France, with 17 wins. Williams have 8, and Lotus have 7.

Because the French GP has been absent from the F1 calendar for the last nine years, Kimi Raikonnen is the only one of our current F1 drivers to have won the event.

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Great thread Jason, looks like it will it eventually need to end up as another one of your great database reference guides.👍
 

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Noce work Jason. Glad you didnt put all the blue and red paint lines in there. I am not a fan of it in France or elsewhere, it is distracting in my opinion.
Great Layouts and histories in all tracks thus far,..
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Glad you didnt put all the blue and red paint lines in there. I am not a fan of it in France or elsewhere, it is distracting in my opinion.
I agree Chappy I watched a bit of Q2 and started feeling ill with all the coloured stripes everywhere, had to turn it off, will check result in the morning 🤕
 
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