The Australian Grand Prix was first held in 1985 on a street circuit in Adelaide and was the last race of each season. In 1996, it switched to Melbournes Albert Park and the start of the season.
The circuit can be dusty and is tough on brakes. Drivers approach the first corner at more than 300 kph.
Australian Grands Prix have been dramatic and 1991 was the shortest race in Formula One history, stopped after 14 laps because of heavy rain.
Venue: Albert Park. 5.303 km (3.295 miles) street circuit. Race to be held over 58 laps (307.574 km/191.110 miles).
Start time: 0430 GMT
2007 pole position: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:26.072.
Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari, 1:24.125 (2004).
ROLL OF HONOUR
(Read as: Year, Driver, Location)
2007 - Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
2006 - Fernando Alonso, Renault
2005 - Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault
2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2003 - David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes
2002 - Schumacher, Ferrari
2001 - Schumacher, Ferrari
2000 - Schumacher, Ferrari
1999 - Eddie Irvine, Ferrari
1998 - Mika Häkkinen, McLaren-Mercedes
1997 - David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes
1996 - Damon Hill, Williams-Renault
1995 - Hill, Williams-Renault
1994 - Nigel Mansell, Williams-Renault
1993 - Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Ford
1992 - Gerhard Berger, McLaren-Honda
1991 - Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda
1990 - Nelson Piquet, Benetton-Ford
1989 - Thierry Boutsen, Williams-Renault
1988 - Alain Prost, McLaren-Honda
1987 - Gerhard Berger, Ferrari
1986 - Alain Prost, McLaren-TAG
1985 - Keke Rosberg, Williams-Honda
Note: Races held from 1928 to 1984 were not part of the F1 World Championship.
Last 5 races in Melbourne
2007 - Raikkonen
Raikkonen won on his Ferrari debut after starting from pole. Alonso was second for McLaren with debutant Hamilton, who overtook his Spanish teammate at the start, third after leading for four laps.
Alonso took his second win of the season in an incident-packed race. Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and teammate Felipe Massa both crashed.
2005 - Fisichella
Fisichella's second career win came from pole after a rain-hit qualifying. Schumacher started on the back row and retired after a collision with German compatriot Nick Heidfeld.
2004 - Schumacher
Ferrari ran away with the season-opener after blitzing their rivals in practice. Schumacher started on pole and set the fastest lap. He went on to equal Nigel Mansells 1992 feat of winning the first five races of the season.
2003 - Coulthard
Coulthards 13th win ended Ferrari and Schumacher's record run of success. Schumacher finished outside the top three for the first time since 2001.