TJ13 has been running rate the race polls since 2013. This year’s Australian Grand Prix was voted the worst yet. You are asked to score the race between 0-10 and we calculate the average score across all the votes that are cast.
2013 Australian GP Score 8.11
In 2013, we saw a win for Kimi Raikkonen in his second year driving for the Lotus team. This victory was the 20th in the Finnish driver’s career and tied him with the win tally of fellow countryman Mika Hakkinen.
Kimi won the race from 7th on the grid, a feat only ever completed 21 times in Formula One history. This was the third time Raikkonen had achieved this.
This was also the first time a Lotus car had won the first race of a season since 1978 when Colin Chapman was in charge..
Sebastian Vettel had started on pole, though qualifying had taken place on the day of the race due to torrential rain on Saturday afternoon. Alonso and Vettel joined Raikkonen on the podium.
The race was led by 7 different drivers, a record only surprised in Monza 1971. Jackie Setwart was the winner that day and one of 9 drivers to lead the race.
2014 Australian GP Score 7.13
Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole position, but lasted just a handful of laps in the race before a £5 piece of wiring was responsible for his retirement. Nico Rosberg went on to win comfortably.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel lasted not much longer as he too retired with an engine failure, whilst his team mate surprisingly drive to 2nd at the chequered flag.
Ricciardo was later disqualified as Red Bull refused to comply with instructions to turn down their fuel flow rate.
After losing his seat the previous season in F1, fans favourite Kamui Kobayashi returned the the fray with Caterham. He took out Felipe Massa at the first corner, ending both their races following a ‘brake-by-wire’ failure.
Jenson made clever use of the safety car to make up places and he and team mate Kevin Magnussen ended up in the podium positions – the best it got for McLaren in 2014.
2015 Australian GP Score 3.27
The highest score you awarded the race was “What race? Did I miss something?” – better known as 0.
Just 15 cars made the ‘lights out’, 13 made it to lap 2 and a mere 11 took the chequered flag.
Lewis Hamilton led from the off and controlled the race throughout. Kimi Raikkonen was the only driver running a counter tyre strategy, but Ferrari failed to secure his rear left wheel at his second pit stop.
10 of the 11 finishers stopped just once, as the Pirelli tyre compounds look to be even more durable for 2014 than last year. Most of runners completed well over 20 laps on the soft tyres for the first stint, whereas the year before, Romain Grosjean was hailed for making his soft compound tyres last a similar distance.