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F1 Australian Grand Prix 2023: Start time, schedule of sessions, predictions and how can I watch on TV?

The race, which will be visible early in the morning in the UK on Sunday, is usually one of the most difficult to predict on the F1 calendar given the unique characteristics of the street circuit.

That said, Red Bull are set to dominate again after Sergio Perez won the second grand prix of 2023 in Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago.

Max Verstappen leads the world championship by a nice margin after recovering from a breakdown in qualifying to finish second, ahead of Fernando Alonso despite the Spaniard’s post-race penalty saga.

Ferrari have a good record in Melbourne, having won three of the last four Australian Grands Prix, while Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are not expected to do much at the moment as they prepare a huge range of upgrades .

In fact, it’s a circuit where Red Bull hasn’t won since 2011, so set those alarm clocks and get ready for what should be a fascinating weekend.

When is the Australian Grand Prix?

The Australian F1 Grand Prix will take place on Sunday April 2, 2023.

What time is the Australian Grand Prix?

The session schedule for UK fans is as follows (every hour BST):

  • First tests: 2:30 a.m., Friday
  • Second workout: 6 a.m., Friday
  • Third training: 2h30, Saturday
  • Qualifying: 6:00 a.m., Saturday
  • Race: 6am, Sunday

Safety cars arrive from cargo truck in Melbourne as race week begins

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Australian Grand Prix Prediction

If Red Bull should take off anywhere, it’s here. Reliability issues arose in Saudi Arabia and also here in Australia a year ago, meaning they may be reluctant to throw it all on a track they’re not particularly good at.

Whether Aston Martin or Ferrari will capitalize remains to be seen, but given the Scuderia’s success at this circuit, let’s go with a rare Ferrari win (before Red Bull hegemony resumes).

1st: Charles Leclerc, 2nd: Max Verstappen, 3rd: Carlos Sainz

How to watch the Australian Grand Prix

TV channel: The whole weekend will be shown live on Sky Sports with race coverage starting at 4.30am on Sky Sports F1 and Main Event. Free highlights are on Channel 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can watch live via the Sky Go app.

Live Blog: You can follow all the action on Sunday with Standard Sport’s racing blog.

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