numbers and curiosities of the third race of the year

Sunday will take place the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2022: numbers and curiosities of the third race of the year.

The Formula 1 World Championship is back on track for the third race of the 2022 season, the Australian Grand Prix, which regains its place on the calendar after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.

Two years ago, in fact, with all the protagonists already a Melbournethe race was canceled after a team member tested positive for COVID-19: they were the first signs of the pandemic that would invade the world in a few weeks.

There Scuderia Ferrari arrived in Australia at the command of the Constructors classification after having collected 78 of the 88 maximum points available in the races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, while Charles Leclerc And Carlos Sainz occupy the first two positions of the ranking reserved for pilots.

NUMBERS AND CURIOSITIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN GP

6. Sheep on average per capita in Australia. This animal is the most common mammal in the country, with around 150 million individuals compared to 25 million inhabitants. Crabs (over 70 million) and kangaroos (12 million) are also particularly widespread, while koalas are increasingly decreasing – today just over 40,000 compared to over 100,000 in 2001 – which risk extinction before 2050.

11. The rearmost position on the starting grid from which he won the Australian Grand Prix. David Coulthard (McLaren) succeeded in the 2003 season. As regards the best comeback ended on the podium, the primacy goes to Jacques Laffite in the first edition of the race – 1985 – when he was running on the Adelaide street circuit. The Ligier driver sprinted twentieth and closed second. At Albert Park Jarno Trulli (Toyota) climbed from 19th to third in the 2009 edition.

18. The average number of overtakes made in the Australian Grand Prix that took place at Albert Park. In the 2013 edition there were no less than 43 changes of position, while the (pleasantly) most monotonous race was that of 2017, won by Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari: just two overtakes. The most eventful edition of all, however, was that of 1986, in Adelaide, with 67 changes of position.

24. The tracks on which the Australian Grand Prix has been raced – not only in Formula 1 – since 1928 (84 editions in all). On the first eight occasions, the races were held at Phillip Island (a track that is now home to a MotoGP race), but Albert Park – which made its debut in 1953 – has the primacy of the number of editions with 26, 24 of which valid for the Formula 1 World Championship. Adelaide follows with 11 races, all valid for the world championship. Four times it was also run on the demanding Mount Panorama track, which later became the site of the Bathurst 12 Hours, one of the most treacherous races in the world.

26. The years in which Melbourne was the capital of Australia, from 1901 – the year in which the Australian constitution came into force – to 1927, when the construction of the parliament was completed in the new capital Canberra.

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