Australian Grand Prix 2023: Race start times and how to watch on TV
Two rounds in and Red Bull have destroyed all comers, finishing first and second in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Max Verstappen won the opening round before having to fight back in Saudi Arabia after starting 15th. Sergio Perez moved to within a point of his Dutch team-mate after taking pole and winning in Jeddah.
Fernando Alonso has taken two podiums so far in a resurgent Aston Martin and is third in the standings with 30 points.
The third race of the year, the Australian Grand Prix, is the final race for several weeks and takes place at Albert Park in Melbourne and Verstappen is favourite to take a second victory of the year after securing pole position in qualifying on Saturday, ahead of Mercedes' George Russell.
When is it?
The 2023 Australian Grand Prix weekend runs from Friday March 31 until Sunday April 2.
What time do the sessions start?
Friday, March 31
First practice – 2.30am BST
Second practice – 6am
Saturday, April 1
Third practice – 2.30am
Qualifying – 6am
Sunday, April 2
Australian Grand Prix – 6am
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team.
Sky's qualifying program starts at 5.15 BST on Saturday, with their race coverage at 4.30am on Sunday.
Channel 4 also have extended highlights coverage this year. Their qualifying re-run starts at 11.15am on Saturday with their race highlights package at 12.30pm on Sunday.
What were the times and standings after qualifying?
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Netherlands, 1 minute, 16.732 seconds.
George Russell, Mercedes, Great Britain, 1:16.968
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Great Britain, 1:17.104
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Spain, 1:17.139
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, Spain, 1:17.270
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, Canada, 1:17.308
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Monaco, 1:17.369
Alexander Albon, Williams, Thailand, 1:17.609
Pierre Gasly, Alpine, France, 1:17.675.
Nico Hulkenberg, Haas, Germany, 1:17.735
Esteban Ocon, Alpine, France, 1:17.768
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, Japan, 1:18.099
Lando Norris, McLaren, Great Britain, 1:18.119
Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Denmark, 1:18.129
Nyck De Vries, AlphaTauri, Netherlands, 1:18.335
Oscar Piastri, McLaren, Australia, 1:18.517
Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo, China, 1:18.540
Logan Sargeant, Williams, USA, 1:18.557
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo, Finland, 1:18.714
Sergio Perez, Red Bull, Mexico (no time set)
What do we know about the Albert Park circuit?
Circuit length: 5.278km
First grand prix: 1996
Race distance: 306.124km
Race lap record: 1:20.260sec
Number of corners: 14
Overtaking chances: It is not a track renowned for its great racing, though extra DRS zones and though remodelling of some of the corners have helped things a little they have not dramatically changed anything for the better.
What are the current standings?
Drivers: top 10
What are the latest odds?
Max Verstappen 2/7
Fernando Alonso, George Russell 8/1
Lewis Hamilton 9/1
Sergio Perez 25/1
Carlos Sainz 33/1
Charles Leclerc 40/1