When was the track built?
The deal to host Formula 1 in Melbourne was in 1993, with the decision to build a circuit using a mix of existing streets around downtown Albert Park – mainly Aghty Drive and Lakeside Drive if you fancy driving yourself – take a look through Lakeside Stadium’s car park.
When was its first Grand Prix?
Just four months after the last Australian Grand Prix of Adelaide was held at the end of the,, Formula 1 teams returned to Australia for the first Grand Prix of Melbourne in early 1996. This race is often remembered for Martin Brundle’s infamous Jordan accident on Turn 3 Left behind.
What’s the circuit like?
As a temporary facility, Albert Park can be quite turbulent, when the circuit often becomes slippery at the beginning of the weekend, and as the sessions progress, it increases. This is a circuit that needs a well-adjusted chassis, with several spots on the track where a responsive front end is needed to allow drivers to trim at an angle – the main fast turn 11-12 chicken being Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 pole lap at an average of 235 km / h. Melbourne is also one of the fastest track on the calendar.
Often found in the list of the best cities in the world, Melbourne is a blast all year long – and it only gets better if the Formula 1 rolls into town. The bars and restaurants are perfect, you are right next to the beach, the presence of racing in early autumn in Australia means the temperature should be low.
Where is the best place to watch?
If you want to get in a grandstand, opt for either the Waite stand overlooking Turn 12, or the Brabham Grandstand on the outside of Turn 2 to watch cars jostling for position through the first chicane. Alternatively, there are some nice general admission spots on the far side of the lake – go for either around Turns 9-10 or 11-12 if you fancy some F1 picnic feels.