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GP Week : Issue 216
THE nUmBERS Mercedes AMG has locked out the front row at the past nine races in a row, breaking the F1 record jointly held by McLaren (1989) and Williams (1993) 9 Seconds – improvement in lap time this weekend compared to the best lap of the 2014 event 3.348 Indianapolis – the last time there was a grid of 15 cars or less (6 cars), and the last time a McLaren, a Williams and a Red Bull failed to start a Grand Prix 2005 The last time a season-opener saw only 15 cars take the start 1963 Total laps completed by Kevin Magnussen in the entire weekend 33 The average age of the entry list for the 2015 Australian GP (although not the eventual starting grid, as it transpired) 26yrs201days Percent – Mercedes were 1.61% quicker than all other cars in qualifying. They were never more than 1.26% quicker at any race in 2014, and it is nearly double their advantage in Melbourne from last season. 1.6 Km/h – the difference between the fastest trap speed in qualifying (Bottas) and the race equivalent (Ericsson) 19.7 (Brazilian GP) – Pastor Maldonado’s last appearance in a Q3 session 2012 22 GPWEEK.com // 22 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRALIA PARTNERS: