Jenson Button celebrates winning the Australian Grand Prix in the first ever race for the Brawn team. Brawn were born from the ashes of Honda  but stunned many by dominating the early stages of the 2009 season before capturing both world titles

Jenson Button celebrates winning the Australian Grand Prix in the first ever race for the Brawn team. Brawn were born from the ashes of Honda but stunned many by dominating the early stages of the 2009 season before capturing both world titles

The Australian Grand Prix was first run in the late 1920s at Phillip  Island. For eight years the races continued on the rectangular dirt road  circuit. This unpredictable and unstable surface called for creative  mechanics and thus, the ‘Australian Special’ was born.

The Australian Grand Prix was first run in the late 1920s at Phillip Island. For eight years the races continued on the rectangular dirt road circuit. This unpredictable and unstable surface called for creative mechanics and thus, the ‘Australian Special’ was born.

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Australian driver Lex Davidson piloted his Ferrari 625F1 (pictured) to victory on 4 March 1957 at the Australian Grand Prix, held on a street circuit in Caversham. Davidson went on to win the 1957 Australian Drivers' Championship, and won the Australian Grand Prix four times between 1954 and 1961.

Australian driver Lex Davidson piloted his Ferrari 625F1 (pictured) to victory on 4 March 1957 at the Australian Grand Prix, held on a street circuit in Caversham. Davidson went on to win the 1957 Australian Drivers' Championship, and won the Australian Grand Prix four times between 1954 and 1961.

Australian driver Warwick Pratley drove his Reed V8 Ford Special (pictured) to victory in the Commonwealth Jubilee Australian Grand Prix on 5 March 1951. The Formula Libre race was attended by about 35,000 race fans, and contested on a street circuit in Narrogin, Western Australia.

Australian driver Warwick Pratley drove his Reed V8 Ford Special (pictured) to victory in the Commonwealth Jubilee Australian Grand Prix on 5 March 1951. The Formula Libre race was attended by about 35,000 race fans, and contested on a street circuit in Narrogin, Western Australia.

Bruce McLaren (pictured) battled four World Champions (Phil and Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, and Jim Clark) on his way to a thrilling victory in his Cooper T79 Climax at the 1 March 1965 Australian Grand Prix at Longford.  Jack Brabham took P2 and Phil Hill P3 in the race, which was marred by the tragic death of Australian driver Rocky Tresise and photographer Robin D'Abrera, who were killed in a first lap accident.

Bruce McLaren (pictured) battled four World Champions (Phil and Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, and Jim Clark) on his way to a thrilling victory in his Cooper T79 Climax at the 1 March 1965 Australian Grand Prix at Longford. Jack Brabham took P2 and Phil Hill P3 in the race, which was marred by the tragic death of Australian driver Rocky Tresise and photographer Robin D'Abrera, who were killed in a first lap accident.

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♠ Grand Prix Guide - 2014 Australian Grand Prix #F1 #Infographic #Data

♠ Grand Prix Guide - 2014 Australian Grand Prix #F1 #Infographic #Data

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The 25 February 1968 Australian Grand Prix featured a star studded field, with Jim Clark, Chris Amon, and Jack Brabham on the front row (pictured). Brabham started the race on pole, Amon drove the fastest race lap, but Scotsman Jim Clark powered his Lotus 49T to his last major victory. Clark, a double world champion and Indy 500 winner, was killed in a crash in Germany just 6 weeks later.

The 25 February 1968 Australian Grand Prix featured a star studded field, with Jim Clark, Chris Amon, and Jack Brabham on the front row (pictured). Brabham started the race on pole, Amon drove the fastest race lap, but Scotsman Jim Clark powered his Lotus 49T to his last major victory. Clark, a double world champion and Indy 500 winner, was killed in a crash in Germany just 6 weeks later.

Aryton Senna - Lotus-Renault - Adelaide, Australian Grand Prix - 1985

Aryton Senna - Lotus-Renault - Adelaide, Australian Grand Prix - 1985

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