The Australian Grand Prix is a motor race held annually in Australia under contract with Formula One until 2023. It is the oldest surviving motor racing event held in Australia and represents the first race of the F1 World Championship season. However, that’s since when the event moved to Melbourne, as previously in Adelaide, it was the final round of the season. Feel free to check out our Formula One 2018 season preview, betting tips and predictions here.

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is actually a street circuit around Albert Park Lake and it has a FIA Grade 1 licence. The road sections that are used in the circuit were rebuilt prior to the inaugural event in 1996, which means that this Melbourne circuit has a smooth surface than most of the other circuits that are held on public roads. The drivers are more than happy with this circuit as the course is considered to be quite fast and the placement of corners allows the drivers to achieve competitive times.

As the Australian Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2018 Formula One season, the F1 teams will launch their cars before the event in the following order:

15 February: Williams

20 February: Sauber and Renault

22 February: Mercedes and Ferrari

23 February: McLaren

26 February: Toro Rosso

Furthermore, there will be some pre-season testing:

26 February - 1 March: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

6-9 March: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

Australian Grand Prix 2018 schedule

Friday 23rd March 2018

Practice 1: 12:00-13:30 (UK time: 1:00-2:30)

Practice 2: 16:00-17:30 (UK time: 5:00-6:30)

Saturday 24th March 2018

Practice 3: 14:00-15:00 (UK time: 3:00-4:00)

Qualifying: 17:00 (UK time: 6:00)

Sunday 25th March 2018

Australian Grand Prix: 16:10 (UK time: 6:10)

Previous Winners of the Australian Grand Prix

2017 - Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2016 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2013 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

2012 - Jenson Button (McLaren)

2018 Australian Grand Prix betting predictions and tips

The bookmakers haven’t released the odds for this event yet, but we will definitely update the post when the odds will be available. We did the same thing for several Grand Prix events last year and we will be looking to cover all the Grand Prix tournaments this year. Furthermore, there will be loads of free bets available for this huge event, especially that the British driver, Lewis Hamilton, will begin his title defence here in Melbourne. However, we expect Hamilton to be the bookies’ favourite here despite the fact that Vettel won the race last year.

Other betting tips and predictions from SBAT

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