Past Winners of the F1 Australian Grand Prix

From Lewis Hamilton to Michael Schumacher find out every F1 driver that's won the Australian Grand Prix

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The Australian Grand Prix stands as a cornerstone of the Formula 1 season, weaving a tapestry of speed, skill, and strategy on the world stage of motorsport. 

With its roots stretching back to the early days of Grand Prix racing, the event has blossomed into a highlight of the international racing calendar, attracting fans from every corner of the globe. The Albert Park Circuit, with its challenging turns and exhilarating straights, sets the scene for what is consistently one of the most anticipated races of the year.

From the historic battles of yesteryears to the nail-biting finishes that have become a hallmark of the event, the Australian Grand Prix has etched itself into the annals of F1 lore. 

So lets delve into the legacy of the F1 Australian GP winners, exploring the moments and champions that have defined this iconic race. 

Every F1 Australian GP Winner

  • 1928: Arthur Waite, Austin 7 – Competing in Phillip Island, Waite’s victory in the first Australian Grand Prix set the stage for what would become one of the most prestigious races in motorsport.
  • 1929: Arthur Terdich, Bugatti Type 37A – Terdich’s win showcased the growing competition and international appeal of the event.
  • 1930: Bill Thompson, Bugatti Type 37 – Thompson’s first of three victories, demonstrating his skill and the dominance of Bugatti in early GP racing.
  • 1931: Carl Junker, Bugatti Type 39 – Junker continued the trend of Bugatti wins, underlining the brand’s early influence on racing.
  • 1932: Bill Thompson, Bugatti Type 37 – Thompson repeated his success, further establishing his legacy in Australian motorsport.
  • 1933: Bill Thompson, Bugatti Type 37 – Securing a hat-trick of victories, Thompson became one of the legends of the early Australian GP.
  • 1934: Bob Lea-Wright, Singer 9 Le Mans – Breaking the Bugatti streak, Lea-Wright’s win highlighted the diversity of competition.
  • 1935: Les Murphy, MG P-Type – Murphy’s victory showcased the rising prominence of MG in pre-war motorsport.
  • 1936: Les Murphy, MG P-Type – Murphy repeated his success, reinforcing MG’s position in the racing world.
  • 1937: Peter Whitehead, ERA B-Type – Whitehead’s win brought international attention, with ERA showcasing their engineering prowess.
  • 1938: Peter Whitehead, ERA B-Type – Whitehead continued his success, dominating in his supercharged ERA.
  • 1939-1946: No races held due to World War II – The global conflict paused many motorsport events, including the Australian Grand Prix.
  • 1947: Bill Murray, MG TC – Resuming post-war, Murray’s victory marked the return of competitive racing to Australia.
  • 1948: Frank Pratt, BMW 328 – Pratt’s win in a pre-war BMW highlighted the lasting performance of European engineering.
  • 1949: John Crouch, Delahaye 135MS – Crouch’s victory with the French Delahaye marked a unique entry in the race’s winner’s list.
  • 1950: Doug Whiteford, Ford V8 Special – Whiteford’s win in a home-built special demonstrated the ingenuity and passion of Australian racers.
  • 1951: Warwick Pratley, George Reed Special – Pratley’s victory in a locally built special emphasized the ingenuity and passion of Australian motorsport enthusiasts.
  • 1952: Doug Whiteford, Talbot-Lago T26C – Whiteford’s win with a Grand Prix car highlighted a move towards more professional racing standards in Australia.
  • 1953: Doug Whiteford, Talbot-Lago T26C – Repeating his success, Whiteford established himself as a dominant force in Australian motorsports.
  • 1954: Lex Davison, HWM Jaguar – Davison’s victory showcased the diversity of machinery competing in the Australian GP during this era.
  • 1955: Jack Brabham, Cooper Bristol – Future F1 World Champion Brabham’s win signaled the rising prominence of rear-engine cars.
  • 1956: Stirling Moss, Maserati 250F – International star Moss’s victory brought a new level of prestige to the event.
  • 1957: Lex Davison, Ferrari 500 – Davison’s win in a Ferrari indicated the growing international influence on the Australian GP.
  • 1958: Lex Davison, Ferrari 500 – Davison repeated his success, solidifying his legacy in the Australian Grand Prix.
  • 1959: Stan Jones, Maserati 250F – Jones’s victory reflected the continued competitiveness of the Maserati 250F.
  • 1960: Alec Mildren, Cooper T51 Maserati – Mildren’s win with a Cooper demonstrated the effectiveness of the mid-engine layout.
  • 1961: Lex Davison, Cooper Climax – Another win for Davison, further establishing his reputation as one of Australia’s racing legends.
  • 1962: Bruce McLaren, Cooper Climax – Future McLaren F1 team founder, McLaren’s win underscored his driving skill and technical insight.
  • 1963: Jack Brabham, Brabham Climax – Racing in his own car, Brabham’s victory was a testament to his dual role as driver and constructor.
  • 1964: Lex Davison, Cooper Climax – Davison secured his fourth Australian GP win, a record at the time.
  • 1965: Bruce McLaren, Cooper Climax – McLaren’s second Australian GP victory underlined the success of the Cooper chassis and Climax engine combination.
  • 1966: Graham Hill, BRM P261 – Hill’s win came during the first year of the new 3-liter formula, marking a new era in F1.
  • 1967: Jackie Stewart, BRM P261 – Stewart’s victory showcased his exceptional talent and the competitiveness of the BRM team.
  • 1968: Jim Clark, Lotus 49T – Clark’s dominant win was a fitting showcase of his extraordinary ability and the innovative Lotus 49.
  • 1969: Chris Amon, Ferrari 246T – Amon’s victory highlighted Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to motorsport excellence.
  • 1970: Frank Matich, McLaren M10B – Local hero Matich’s win against international competition was a highlight of his career.
  • 1971: Frank Matich, Matich A50 – Back-to-back wins for Matich, this time in a car of his own design, demonstrated Australian engineering prowess.
  • 1972: Graham McRae, Leda GM1 – McRae’s victory in the Tasman Series era underlined the diversity of cars competing in Australia.
  • 1973: John McCormack, Elfin MR5 – McCormack’s win showcased the competitiveness of Australian constructors on the international stage.
  • 1974: Max Stewart, Lola T330 – Stewart’s success was part of the vibrant Formula 5000 era, highlighting high-powered, open-wheel racing in Australia.
  • 1975: Max Stewart, Lola T400 – Repeating his victory, Stewart continued to excel in the Formula 5000 category, marking the end of an era as the Australian GP began aligning more closely with Formula 1 standards.
  • 1976: John Goss, Matich A53 – Goss’s victory at the Sandown Raceway showcased the power and agility of the Australian-built Matich in the Formula 5000 era.
  • 1977: Warwick Brown, Lola T430 – Brown triumphed at Oran Park, highlighting the dominance of Lola cars in the Formula 5000 category.
  • 1978: Graham McRae, McRae GM3 – At Sandown Raceway, McRae’s win in his own car, the McRae GM3, underlined the competitive spirit and engineering ingenuity present in the series.
  • 1979: Johnnie Walker, Lola T332 – Walker’s victory at Wanneroo Park was a testament to his skill and the continued success of Lola in Formula 5000.
  • 1980: Alan Jones, Williams FW07B – Jones, fresh from winning the Formula 1 World Championship, claimed victory at Calder Park Racing Circuit in a Formula 1 car, bridging the gap between the Australian GP and its future in F1.
  • 1981: Roberto Moreno, Ralt RT4 – Moreno’s win at Calder Park in the Formula Atlantic class marked a transition period for the event, showcasing international talent in a mix of racing disciplines.
  • 1982: Alain Prost, Ralt RT4 – Future Formula 1 champion Prost won at Calder Park, further elevating the profile of the race and hinting at its F1 future.
  • 1983: Roberto Moreno, Ralt RT4 – Moreno secured another victory at Calder Park, solidifying his reputation and the global appeal of the Australian Grand Prix.
  • 1984: Keke Rosberg, Williams FW08C – Rosberg’s win in a Formula 1 car at Calder Park was a thrilling preview of the Australian Grand Prix’s integration into the Formula 1 World Championship the following year.
  • 1985: Keke Rosberg, Williams – Rosberg claimed victory in the Adelaide street circuit, showcasing his adaptability and skill in challenging conditions.
  • 1986: Alain Prost, McLaren – Prost’s strategic drive in Adelaide contributed to his season’s championship victory, underlining his exceptional talent and racing intellect.
  • 1987: Gerhard Berger, Ferrari – Berger’s win marked a significant achievement for Ferrari, showcasing speed and reliability.
  • 1988: Alain Prost, McLaren – Prost dominated the race, further cementing his legacy in F1 with his technical driving and strategic prowess.
  • 1989: Thierry Boutsen, Williams – Boutsen’s victory in wet conditions was a testament to his skill and the Williams car’s capabilities.
  • 1990: Nelson Piquet, Benetton – Piquet’s triumph was marked by his experience and strategic acumen, navigating the Adelaide circuit with expertise.
  • 1991: Ayrton Senna, McLaren – In a race shortened by heavy rain, Senna’s mastery of wet conditions led him to victory.
  • 1992: Gerhard Berger, McLaren – Berger’s win was a showcase of McLaren’s dominance and his own driving skill.
  • 1993: Ayrton Senna, McLaren – Senna’s final victory in Adelaide was a fitting end to his illustrious career with McLaren, demonstrating his unparalleled talent.
  • 1994: Nigel Mansell, Williams – Coming out of retirement, Mansell’s win highlighted his enduring speed and adaptability.
  • 1995: Damon Hill, Williams – Hill’s victory underscored the Williams team’s dominance in the mid-90s, with Hill leading a significant portion of the race.
  • 1996: Damon Hill, Williams – Winning the inaugural Melbourne Grand Prix, Hill started the season strong, laying the foundation for his championship year.
  • 1997: David Coulthard, McLaren – Coulthard’s win was a testament to both driver skill and strategic team decisions in the race’s dynamic conditions.
  • 1998: Mika Häkkinen, McLaren – Häkkinen’s victory, marked by a controversial team orders scenario, showcased his speed and McLaren’s team strategy.
  • 1999: Eddie Irvine, Ferrari – Irvine seized victory, stepping up as a formidable competitor and showcasing Ferrari’s strength beyond Schumacher.
  • 2000: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari – Schumacher’s win solidified Ferrari’s resurgence as a dominant force in Formula 1.
  • 2001: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari – Continuing his dominance, Schumacher led Ferrari to another victory, setting the tone for a season of championship success.
  • 2002: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari – A hat-trick of victories in Melbourne for Schumacher, as he steered Ferrari through one of F1’s most dominant eras.
  • 2003: David Coulthard, McLaren – Coulthard’s win was a bright spot in a challenging season for McLaren, showcasing his skill and determination.
  • 2004: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari – Schumacher’s win marked the beginning of his final championship-winning season, a fitting testament to his prowess.
  • 2005: Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault – Fisichella’s victory signaled Renault’s rise as a competitive force in the championship.
  • 2006: Fernando Alonso, Renault – Alonso’s triumph underscored his and Renault’s championship calibre, as they defended their title successfully.
  • 2007: Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari – Räikkönen’s first race for Ferrari resulted in victory, starting his championship-winning season on a high note.
  • 2008: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren – Hamilton’s win demonstrated his exceptional talent and hinted at his future success in Formula 1.
  • 2009: Jenson Button, Brawn GP – Button’s victory marked the fairy-tale start for the Brawn GP team, leading to a championship win.
  • 2010: Jenson Button, McLaren – Button showcased strategic brilliance and driving skill to secure the win in variable weather conditions.
  • 2011: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing – Vettel’s victory highlighted Red Bull’s dominance and his remarkable season of success.
  • 2012: Jenson Button, McLaren – Button’s third Australian GP win reflected his proficiency and McLaren’s competitive edge.
  • 2013: Kimi Räikkönen, Lotus – Räikkönen’s strategic mastery led to a popular win, emphasizing his racing intelligence.
  • 2014: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes – Rosberg’s win marked the beginning of Mercedes’ era of dominance in the turbo-hybrid engine era.
  • 2015: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes – Hamilton’s victory continued Mercedes’ dominance, underscoring his own era-defining talent.
  • 2016: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes – Rosberg’s win contributed to his momentum towards his only World Championship title.
  • 2017: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari – Vettel’s win hinted at a Ferrari challenge to Mercedes’ dominance.
  • 2018: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari – A repeat victory for Vettel, as Ferrari sought to mount a consistent challenge against Mercedes.
  • 2019: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – Bottas started the season with a commanding win, signaling his intent to challenge for the championship.
  • 2020: The Australian GP was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021: The Australian GP was again canceled due to the ongoing global pandemic.
  • 2022: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – Leclerc’s win at Melbourne marked a resurgence for Ferrari, showcasing his potential as a future champion.
  • 2023: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – Verstappen won his first Australian Grand Prix, demonstrating skill and strategy in a race marked by multiple red flags and dramatic incidents, leading to a historic win amidst challenging conditions.
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on the podium at the Australian GP | Peter Fox / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on the podium at the Australian GP | Peter Fox / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Most Successful Drivers in Australia

Given the detailed historical context of repeat winners at the Australian Grand Prix, it’s clear that this event has been a stage for some of the most formidable talents in motorsport, spanning both the era before it was part of the Formula 1 World Championship and its current status as a highlight of the F1 season. 

Let’s revisit and expand on the most successful drivers in the history of the Australian Grand Prix.

Lex Davison and Michael Schumacher are tied as the most triumphant drivers in the Australian Grand Prix, each securing four wins. Davison‘s victories in 1954, 1957, 1958, and 1961 showcase his dominance in the race’s early years, making him a legendary figure in Australian motorsport. 

Schumacher‘s wins in the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004 seasons underline his and Ferrari’s supremacy in Formula 1, with Schumacher’s expert handling of the Albert Park circuit demonstrating his skill and strategic prowess.

A select group of drivers have won the Australian Grand Prix three times, highlighting their significant contributions to the race’s storied history. This elite group includes:

  • Bill Thompson (1930, 1932, 1933)
  • Doug Whiteford (1950, 1952, 1953)
  • Jack Brabham (1955, 1963, 196.
  • Graham McRae (1972, 1973, 1978)
  • Roberto Moreno (1981, 1983, 1984)
  • Alain Prost (1982, 1986, 1988)
  • Jenson Button (2009, 2010, 2012.
  • Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2017, 2018)

Most Successful Teams at the Australian GP

Reflecting on the Australian Grand Prix‘s storied history, the record of repeat winners among constructors showcases a fascinating evolution of dominance, innovation, and competitive spirit. This list not only highlights the teams’ achievements but also mirrors the broader narrative of Formula 1’s technological and strategic advancements. Let’s delve into the most successful constructors at the Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari leads the pack with 13 victories, underlining the Italian marque’s long-standing heritage and success in Formula 1. From early wins in 1957 and 1958 to more recent triumphs in 2017, 2018, and 2022, Ferrari’s success in Australia is a testament to its enduring excellence and commitment to racing at the highest level. The Scuderia’s victories span the eras, showcasing its adaptability and the prowess of its drivers and machinery.

McLaren, with 12 wins, has been a formidable force in Australia, illustrating the team’s rich history and innovative approach to F1. Victories ranging from 1970 through to 2012 reflect McLaren’s ability to compete at the forefront of the sport, adapting to changing regulations and competition to remain a perennial contender.

Williams has captured the Australian GP six times, a reflection of the team’s golden years and its status as one of the sport’s most successful entities. Williams’ victories, from 1980 to 1996, highlight periods of dominance and the team’s knack for combining engineering excellence with top driving talent.

Cooper, with five wins in the late 1950s and early 1960s, played a pivotal role in the rear-engine revolution in Formula 1, and its success in Australia was an early indicator of its innovative approach to racing car design and construction.

Teams like Bugatti, MG, Lola, and Ralt showcase the diversity of competitive machinery in the pre-Formula 1 World Championship era and the early years of the Australian GP’s integration into the global racing scene. Their victories underscore a rich history of motorsport that extends beyond F1’s current configuration.

Mercedes, the most recent dominant force, with four wins in the turbo-hybrid era (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019), highlights the team’s excellence in engineering and strategy, setting new standards in performance and efficiency.

Other notable constructors with multiple wins, such as Talbot-Lago, Maserati, Brabham, BRM, Matich, McRae, Renault, and Red Bull, each add to the tapestry of the Australian GP’s history. Their successes reflect periods of innovation, dominance, and the global nature of Formula 1 competition.

Red Bull‘s victories in 2011 and notably in 2023 underline the team’s status as a current powerhouse, adept at navigating the complexities of modern Formula 1 to secure wins on the sport’s biggest stages, including the challenging circuits of the Australian Grand Prix.

These constructors, through their achievements at the Australian GP, have not only secured their places in the annals of motorsport history but have also contributed to the evolution of Formula 1, pushing the boundaries of technology, strategy, and human performance in the quest for racing excellence.

What Makes a Champion at the Australian GP?

The Australian Grand Prix, with its vibrant history and status as a marquee event in the Formula 1 World Championship, demands a unique blend of qualities from those who seek victory on its challenging circuits.

Champions of the Australian GP have consistently showcased a combination of skill, resilience, adaptability, and strategic acumen, setting them apart in a race that often serves as the F1 season’s dramatic opener.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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