Lewis Hamilton gunning for Michael Schumacher record and 9 other stats ahead of the 2017 F1 season

1. Mark Webber (2012) and Daniel Ricciardo (2016) finished fourth in Australia, the best results by Australian drivers on home soil. In 2014 Daniel Ricciardo actually stood on the podium, but was later disqualified. Daniel Ricciardo is 2.85 to finish on the podium this time.

2. Lewis Hamilton is hoping to win a race for an 11th season (2007-2016 so far). Only Michael Schumacher (15) and Alain Prost (11) have achieved this so far, and only Schumacher did it in consecutive seasons (1992-2006). Hamilton is 2.00 race favourite.

3. Since the start of the 2014 F1 season, Mercedes drivers have won 50 of the 58 races held. Red Bull (5) and Ferrari (3) have won the other eight. Mercedes are 1.40 favourites to win the Constructors’ Championship again.

4. The only time Red Bull have won the first race of the season was in 2011 when Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in Australia. Red Bull are 6.00 to win this weekend’s race. 

5. Ferrari have not failed to win races in consecutive seasons since they failed to win any in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Sebastian Vettel is 2.20 to win under 2.5 races this season.


6. Kimi Räikkönen can win his 21st Grand Prix in total, which would be a Finnish record as he is currently tied with Mika Häkkinen on 20 GP wins. Raikkonen is 7.00 to win in Melbourne.

7. Valtteri Bottas is bidding to become the second driver to win his debut F1 race for Mercedes, after Juan Manuel Fangio who won the Grand Prix of France in 1954. Bottas is 6.25 to win.

8. Kevin Magnussen claimed the only podium finish of his career in Australia as he finished second in the 2014 race. He is 201.00 to finish on the podium again this year.

9. Nico Hülkenberg has started in 115 F1 races without ever finishing on the podium. Only Pierluigi Martini (119) and Adrian Sutil (128) have started in more races without ever finishing in the top three. He is 61.00 to finally finish on the podium in Australia.

10. Lance Stroll will make his debut in Formula 1 and will be the youngest driver on the grid this season. The Willams driver will be 18 years and 148 days old on the day of the opening race. Only Max Verstappen was younger when he made his debut in Formula 1 (17 years - 166 days). Stroll is 101.00 to finish on the podium in Australia.