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Formula 1 is back on Sky Sports this weekend as the eagerly-awaited 2015 season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix.

This year's trip to Albert Park, Melbourne, will be the 20th staging since the race was switched from Adelaide and moved to the start of the F1 calendar.

Over the past two decades, the scenic temporary track has become a firm favourite with fans - who have been starved of motorsport action all winter - and the drivers.

None more so than McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button, who has won three times down under - the most victories of the current crop of drivers.

His British compatriot Lewis Hamilton - the reigning world champion - will be eager to get off to a good start in the 2015 Mercedes, as he begins his title defence.

Team-mate Nico Rosberg was his closest challenger last year, and it remains to be seen whether Red Bull-Renault, McLaren and Ferrari can be any more competitive this time around.

Rosberg was the winner in Australia 12 months ago, with McLaren duo Button and Kevin Magnussen joining the German on the podium.

But each of the last nine races at Albert Park have been won by a different constructor to the previous season, so Mercedes' rivals will have high hopes ahead of Sunday's race.

Sky Sports F1 has a full weekend of exclusive coverage lined up for the season-opener, including every practice session, full qualifying and the race itself.

Viewers will also be able to watch every press conference and enjoy behind-the-scenes coverage from the pit lane and paddock.

Live qualifying gets underway at 5am UK time on Saturday March 14th, for those who can get out of bed. Everyone else can tune into a replay of the session at 10:15am.

The lights will go out for the Australian Grand Prix at 4:30am on Sunday morning, with highlights set to air at 9:45am ahead of a full replay at 11:30am.

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