The most popular motor racing season in the world kicks off in Australia on the weekend of March 23-25 with the 2018 Formula One Rolex Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, with an exciting support ticket including the V8 Supercars.
Lewis Hamilton returns to defend his title after his impressive Championship season, while local favourite Daniel Riccardo will seek to challenge for the top of the standings, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when you Stream the Australian Grand Prix live to an eligible mobile device using the Free Trial offered below.
2018 Australian Grand Prix
When: Friday 23 March – Sunday 25 March
Where: Albert Park, Melbourne Victoria
The 2018 Formula One Title race takes off at Albert Park, Melbourne, and the man to beat will be last year’s Driving Champion Lewis Hamilton who finished second in the event last year. The locals will be cheering for Perth native Daniel Ricciardo, who had an outstanding season for Red Bull, finishing fifth in the year end Driver’s standings after eight visits to the podium. With a victory at Albert Park, Ricciardo would equal his win total for all of last season and stake his claim as a leading contender for this year’s Championship.
The final two days of the Grand Prix are the deciding ones, starting off on Saturday with Qualifying, which gets underway at 5:00 pm Sydney Time. Qualifying goes for an hour, and the fastest driver gets pole position for the title race on Sunday, and recent history suggests that drivers who secure an advantage generally go close to winning the event.
The featured event hit’s the track on Sunday at 4:00 pm, with the race covering 58 laps of Albert Park, or two hours depending on visibility. While the Australian F1 Grand Prix is the highlight, the support card is excellent, including four V8 Supercar races from Thursday to Sunday, as well as the famous Celebrity Drivers Challenge.
Australian Grand Prix Live TV – (Sydney Time)
Supercars Qualify R3 – Thursday 4.00 pm – Fox Sports 5
Supercars Qualify R4 – Thursday 4.40 pm – Fox Sports 5
AU GP Practice 1 – Friday 11.30 am – One/Fox Sports 5
Supercars Qualify R5 – Friday 1:50 pm – Fox Sports 5
Supercars Qualify R6 – Friday 2.10 pm – Fox Sports 5
AU GP Practice 2 – Friday 3.45 pm – One/Fox Sports 5
Supercars Race 3 – Friday 5.50 pm – One/Fox Sports 5
Supercars Race 4 – Saturday 12.40 pm – One/Fox Sports 5
AU GP Practice 3 – Saturday 1.45 pm – Ten/Fox Sports 5
AU GP Qualifying – Saturday 5.00 pm – Ten/Fox Sports 5
Supercars Race 5 – Saturday 6.20 pm – One/Fox Sports 5
Grand Prix Pit Lane – Sunday 2.30 pm Fox Sports 5
Supercars Race 6 – Sunday 1.45 pm One/Fox Sports 5
AU Grand Prix – Sunday 4:05 pm – Ten/Fox Sports 5
Live Streaming and a Free Trial
All twenty-one F1 Grand Prix weekends including the 20 that will not be shown live on Free to Air TV will be broadcast on Fox Sports and available to watch online using a compatible PC, Mac, Playstation, Xbox, Blu-ray Player or Smart TV through Foxtel Now, which is currently offering a free 2 weeks trial, and includes the option to stream the Australian Grand Prix live to eligible mobile devices using the Foxtel Go App.
This includes every qualifying run, practice session and the race itself, live and in High Definition, as well as bumper to bumper coverage of the 2018 V8 Supercars championship season.
Don’t forget the V8 Supercars
The Australian Grand Prix edition of the V8 Supercars Challenge has been dominated by New Zealanders in recent times, with Kiwi drivers winning twelve of the past thirteen races, including Shane Van Gisbergen who took three of the four last year. So while the races are not counting for points, there’s still the matter of national pride, and Fox Sports will have live coverage of the V8 action on Melbourne’s streets including online streaming through Foxtel Play.
V8 Supercars TV Replay Times (Fox Sports 4)
Race 3: Friday 23 March – 10.30pm – 11.15pm
Race 4: Friday 23 March – 11:15pm to 12.00am
Race 5: Saturday 24 March – 10:30pm to 11.30pm
Race 6: Sunday 25 March – TBA
F1 Drivers to Watch
Each F1 driver that qualified for the event is among the best in the world, and here’s a sample of the reasons they are must see TV.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who finished second in the standings last season is just two year’s removed from a Driver’s Championship, producing some stellar results in 2016, but he didn’t claim his first win until the sixth event at the Monaco Grand Prix. With team-mate Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement, Hamilton will be eager to greet the checkered flag first up in Australia.
The local is Daniel Ricciardo, who had an outstanding 2016 season for Red Bull, including a fourth in the Australian Grand Prix. He went on to win the Malaysian Grand Prix and was competitive through-out with eight trips to the podium. He has certainly pricked the ears of Formula One fans worldwide, and will be keen to compete for his first ever F1 World Driver’s Title, and you can watch all his Australian Grand Prix times online.
Following Nico Rosberg’s retirement he was replaced by Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas for the 2017 season. Bottas got out to a slow start last year, but came on strong as the season progressed and finished third in the standings. It will be interesting to see how well he interacts with Hamilton, and just how much he can improve over last year’s performance.
Australian Grand Prix Track Guide
Number of Laps: 58
Circuit Length: 5.303 km
Race length: 307.574 km (191.071 mi)
What’s New at the Melbourne Circuit?
Commencing last year the Grand Prix organisers set about to deliver fans unparalleled access to the Formula 1 drivers, and have added a feature referred to as the ‘Melbourne Walk’. Located in the Champions Gateway, the 100 metre Melbourne Walk will grant general admission patrons the opportunity to get a uniquely close up look at their heroes as they arrive at the circuit each and every day, Thursday – Sunday. To enhance fan experience, there will be autograph opportunities and live television interviews all around.