Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Map
Melbourne’s Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Map is well known for facilitating the Formula One Grand Prix each spring, yet it has an engine hustling history extending back a lot further. During the 1950s, it was where Stirling Moss struggled for triumph with a youthful Jack Brabham and different notables from the Australian dashing scene.
The circuit was framed along open streets in parkland encompassing a lake – a greatly improved setting than Melbourne’s past real scene, Fisherman’s Creek, which settled close by the docks and a waste tip! The to a great extent level circuit included a progression of quick twists and demonstrated well known with drivers. The 1953 Australian Grand Prix was won by Doug Whiteford in a Talbot-Lago, while pursue on occasions in 1956 were won by Stirling Moss. Further occasions followed in 1957 and 1958 after which nearby resistance prompted political weight finishing dashing.
Thus for over 30 years the recreation center fell quiet. Nonetheless, by 1992 the political breezes had turned. New state head Jeff Kennett was quick to discover methods for making Melbourne an increasingly powerful and intriguing city, intending to support the travel industry and the neighborhood economy through a progression of real global occasions. At the highest priority on the rundown was anchoring the Australian Grand Prix from opponent city Adelaide and the Formula One bazaar properly landed in 1996.
Huge numbers of the first streets utilized during the 1950s were joined into the new circuit, yet reemerged and now keep running the other way. Some new areas were included, including a changeless pit region and carports, begin/complete straight and the first and keep going corners being made on greenfield arrive.
The entire park profited from a multi-million dollar interest in wearing offices, which are accessible to people in general for whatever remains of the year once the Grand Prix carnival leaves. By the by, the occasion wasn’t generally famous and challenges the evacuation of trees amid the development works, however a planting venture has in reality left the recreation center with twofold the measure of trees it had initially.
The changeless pit and enclosure structures in addition to the open idea of a great part of the track gives this transitory office substantially more of a half and half feel than most other road or parkland circuits. A surprising characteristic is that, while the advanced circuit’s format is unaltered, its official length has – until 2000 it was estimated at 3.294 miles however increased 0.001 miles more when the FIA amended its count strategies!
The main other critical changes happened in 2004, when the pit path chicane was expelled, and in 2011 when a second pit path was added for transitory carports to oblige the V8 Supercars enclosure, which holds non-title races as a feature of the Grand Prix bolster bill.
The circuit is situated in Albert Park in downtown Melbourne, Australia. The closest air terminal is Melbourne, around 22 minutes via vehicle toward the north.
It’s anything but difficult to head out to the Grand Prix on Melbourne’s open transport coordinate with trains, cable cars and transports giving successive administrations. There are a few cable car stops close to the Albert Park circuit, which is two kilometers south of the downtown area.
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In the case of employing a vehicle, keep in mind to pay the programmed motorway toll, and have a lot of coins convenient as most inward city leaving is metered.
In the course of recent decades the Australian GP in Melbourne has built up itself as Formula 1’s conventional season shade raiser and stays one of the game’s most prominent and all around went to races.
Just twice since the Albert Park track joined the logbook in 1996 has it not facilitated the principal race and in spite of practically yearly thunderings that Sydney could endeavor to grab the occasion away, Melbourne will remain the host of the Australian GP until no less than 2023.
Despite the fact that a wellspring of discussion at the time – hippies guaranteed that the Albert Park Lake, around which the circuit runs and is named, was being harmed and transformed into a play area for the rich – the exchange from F1 forerunner Adelaide has demonstrated enormously fruitful.
A temporary street circuit, with a mix of fast flowing corners and technical sections set amongst the trees and lakes of the park, its unique charm and challenge makes it ideal as a curtain-raiser for the new season.
The race start has been pushed back to the evening in recent years to suit bleary-eyed European audiences – although the low sun of early evening in the Australian autumn can cause visibility problems for drivers.
To their benefit, however, is the circuit’s reputation for being relatively easy to learn, with few ‘demanding’ corners on the design. On the flip-side, there are also few straights of any considerable length, meaning that overtaking can be at a premium – although the introduction of DRS zones along the pit-straight and between turns two and three mean that there are now two viable overtaking opportunities.
As a temporary track, it takes a lot of time to ‘rubber in,’ as the surface tends to be greasy and dirty at the start of a race weekend.The 2018 Australian GP took place on March 25.
Get the most out of your track side experience at Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix. The next race is on March 14-17, 2019:
This guide will be updated for 2019 around 2-4 weeks before the race. In the meantime, we’ve left 2018 information below, much of which will not change.
ALBERT PARK: CIRCUIT ACCESS & ORIENTATION:
Eight gates provide access to the track for fans throughout the weekend. All gates are free to enter for all ticket holders with the exception of Gate 1, where you need a grandstand ticket to enter. Confusingly, gates are numbered 1 to 5 and 8 to 10 (there are no gates 6 and 7) – see map below. Most gates are located close to public transport and the majority of trams heading to the circuit on race weekend are free.
You are not allowed to bring alcohol into the circuit. Glass bottles and containers are also prohibited and your bag will be searched. Non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles can only be brought into the circuit if they are unopened. General Admission ticket holders are also allowed to bring folding chairs and stools into the circuit. Don’t be in a hurry to leave the circuit at the end of each day, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, as there can be big queues to leave via popular gates, as well as heavily congested public transport. Read Getting There & Around for more information on how to get to the circuit.
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There is no on-track Formula 1 action on Thursday. The F1 cars hit the track for the first practice session (FP1) at midday on Friday. Since 2009, the Melbourne event has run on a ‘twilight schedule’ to allow more fans around the world (particularly in Europe) the opportunity to watch the action at a more suitable time. The race also starts 10 minutes later in 2018 at 16:10.
- The main non-F1 draw on track in Australia are the Australian Supercars, a hugely popular local touring car series. The ‘tin top’ racing is super competitive and many local fans are just as interested in the V8 Supercars as Formula 1. This year, there will be four races over the course of the weekend, plus practice and qualifying sessions. Two longer 25-lap races take place on Friday and Saturday evening and two shorter 13-lap races are held around lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday.
- Also in action will be the one-make Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in which 24 identical 911 GT3 Cup cars will stage four 10-lap races over the weekend o
- After returning in 2016, the Australian GT Championship is back on the support schedule for the 2018 Australian GP. Up to 30 GT3 and GT4 cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and MClaren make up the field, which will race four times over the weekend.
- Finally, the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific is also in action at Albert Park this year. A capacity field of 488 Challenge race cars will be in action with 2 races on Saturday and Sunday morning respectively.
- Other highlights of the biggest on-track schedule ever at the Australian Grand Prix include the Ultimate Speed Comparison (several times over the weekend), Ferrari Parade (Saturday morning) and Historic Parade (Sunday morning). As always, the F1 drivers gather for a season-opening photograph and parade around the track on Sunday afternoon before the race.
- There are always plenty of activities in Australia to keep you busy when the F1 cars are not on the track. Aside from the support racing categories already mentioned, here is a selection of other trackside action to expect at Albert Park:
- Aerial displays – at various times throughout the weekend, the action is in the air as the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) roulettes do their thing in the skies above the circuit. The RAAF F/A18 jet also makes several very loud passes over the circuit during the weekend.
- Action Zone – in a special infield area, Nitro Circus Live puts on a series of events across the weekend showcasing extreme sports including freestyle motocross, skateboarding, BMX and more.
- Legends Lane / F1 Central – these zones feature a range of food and drink options, merchandising and displays of current and historic cars.
- Autograph Stage– huge crowds gather here on the opening Thursday of the event when the F1 drivers appear to sign autographs. On the following days, fans can get autographs of the V8 drivers, celebrity race drivers and motorsport legends.
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- If you are keen on meeting the drivers in person, the Autograph stage on Thursday when the F1 drivers appear is not actually the best place as the crowds are huge. A better place to go is the so-called “Melbourne Walk”, near the entrance to the Pits and Paddock Club, where the drivers enter and exit the circuit and park their cars if driving. The best day is Friday as there are less fans. Be aware that you will need a grandstand ticket to access this area; it is off-limits for general admission ticket holders. Another option is to stake out the entrance to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the preferred hotel for the F1 teams. Get VIP access to the Melbourne walk with F1 Experiences packages.
Despite being a temporary F1 circuit, the quality of the facilities at Albert Park is very good. There are ample food and drink areas dotted around the circuit, and large numbers of toilets (mostly temporary, but some year-round) so queues are short at most times over the weekend, though race day is busy everywhere. As seems to be common at most F1 venues around the world, food and drink are expensive by international standards and the quality of the food on offer is generally low. Options include hamburgers, fish and chips and pizzas; most meals cost around $10-15 AUD. Alcohol is freely available around the circuit. A can of beer will set you back around $8 while soft drinks are $6. Free drinking water is available at various locations around the track, so keep your empty plastic bottles at the ready.