Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
|Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit|
|Location||Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia|
|Events||Formula One; V8 Supercars; Carrera Cup; Formula Three; Formula Ford|
|Record driver||Michael Schumacher|
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street-based circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a couple of kilometres south of central Melbourne. It is best-known for holding one race of the Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix.
The circuit utilises everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake, a small man-made lake just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. The road sections that are used were rebuilt prior to the inaugural event in 1996 to ensure consistency and smoothness. As a result, compared to other circuits that are held on public roads, Albert Park is quite smooth as a racing surface and picturesque as there are only a few other places on the Formula 1 calendar where there is a body of water close to a racing track.
As a racing track of interest to drivers, it is considered quite fast and relatively easy to drive, drivers having commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with the track design, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.
Each year, the much of the trackside fencing, pedestriance overpasses, grandstands and other motorsport infrastructure are erected from approximately 4 weeks prior to the grand prix weekend and removed within 2 weeks after the event. Land around the circuit (including a large aquatic centre, a golf course, a football stadium, some restaurants and rowing boathouses) has restricted access during the grand prix weekend. Dissent is still prevalent among nearby local residents and some still maintain a silent protest against the event. Nevertheless, the event is immensely popular in Melbourne and Australia (with a large European population and a general interest in motorsport).
- Australian Grand Prix Corporation
- Google Maps satellite view of the circuit
- Ciro Pabón's Racetracks 3D views and virtual laps of all F1 circuits, including this one, via Google Earth
- Albert Park Circuit Statistics
- Trackpedias guide to the Albert Park Circuit