Australian GP weekend schedule: When does the race start?

The Formula 1 2022 season continues this weekend with a long-awaited return to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix!

The race hasn’t been held since 2019 thanks to the impact of covid and the travel restrictions in the country but that break is nearly over, with Albert Park always a popular destination for the teams and drivers.

Its fast, free-flowing nature has been enhanced with some track changes, too, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they alter the racing and combine with this exciting new era of the sport.

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen will be looking forward to renewing their rivalry, then, whilst the likes of Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez will want to show they are ready for the fight with their team-mates this weekend as well.

Time, then, to take a look at the full on-track schedule for the race in Melbourne.


On Friday, we have the usual two practice sessions, with both taking place early in the morning UK time.

The first will take place at 4am UK time and the second will take place at 7am UK time, with Melbourne 9 hours ahead of us.


Saturday sees another practice session followed by qualifying.

FP3 begins at 4am UK time whilst qualifying is at 7am UK time and the session lasts for an hour.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren F1 Team MCL33 Renault on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 25, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


The race gets underway at 6am UK time, with 58 laps of the Albert Park circuit scheduled.

The race was formerly held at around 3am UK time, and so those wanting to watch the race live can now enjoy a little bit of extra time sleeping instead of having to get up in the small hours.

It’s the third race of the 23-Grand Prix long season and it’ll be great seeing F1 cars back at the circuit after a few years away.

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