The 2019 Australian Grand Prix is upon us. In anticipation of the second oldest surviving motor racing competition after the Alpine rally, here’s a guide to all you should know.

When and where is it taking place?

The event will hold on March 17th in metropolitan Melbourne, as Albert Park hosts what has become the traditional season-opening race. The city, home to almost five million people, has seen its population almost doubled since F1 first visited Melbourne in 1996.

Why is it highly anticipated?

This is the eighty-third race in the combined history – which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928, the twenty-fourth time the event will be held at the Albert Park circuit and the thirty-fifth time the Australian Grand Prix will form a part of the Formula One World Championship.

Drivers to watch

All eyes will be on Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel – the defending champion. Lewis Hamilton, though is favourite, entering the round as the defending World Drivers’ Champion and his team, Mercedes, are the defending World Constructors’ Champions. An apparent error by Mercedes gift-wrapped victory to his rival. Without a doubt, offered best odds at which fans can bet on the Briton to reclaim his throne.

Tyre Choices

Pirelli has announced the Formula 1 drivers’ tyre choices.

Renault pair Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg made the most aggressive selection, selecting 10 sets of the softest tyres available.

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, meanwhile, went for nine sets of the softs for each of their drivers. Most will also have three sets of mediums – C3s – but Charles Leclerc will have just two and an extra set of the hard C2 tyres.

Racing Point and Williams opted for the fewest sets of sots, just eight for each of their drivers.