The Formula 1 Grand Prix makes its annual return to Melbourne and opens the year’s racing calendar. The race has taken place in Australia since 1928, having moved to Melbourne in 1996 attracting over 300,000 visitors across the weekend. McLaren and Ferrari have won the most races, with Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari, having won in 2017. The lap record is held by the legendary Michael Schumacher at just over 1 minute 24 seconds. With the Australian Grand Prix originally held in Adelaide, it was ex-racer Bob Jane that helped bring the F1 to his home city of Melbourne.
The nearest airport is Tullamarine in Melbourne and it is best to purchase a Myki ticket for getting around the City. Practice sessions are across Friday and Saturday, with qualifying on the Saturday evening. Ticket prices vary, depending on which day and whereabouts you wish to sit. General admission during practice and qualifying costs between €20 and €315. Race day tickets start from €45 and reach over €2,000 for the best seats in the grandstands. There are also tickets available for multiple days, or those aged under 17.
When purchasing your ticket look at the course and decide where to watch. The grandstands may be the most expensive, but with live video screens available from some seats keep the price in line with your budget. Family tickets are also available. Book combined tickets for multiple days, or spoil yourself with a hospitality package. The dedicated fans can follow the action with the official mobile app. Arrive early so you don’t miss any of the action and try to avoid the crowds. When travelling across Melbourne, make use of the free tram service in the city centre.
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Relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens or the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. Sport fans take in a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or continue the sporting theme at the National Sport Museum. Visit the Block Arcade, which is much more than just a shopping centre or see the animals at Melbourne Zoo.
For more up to date information including: the latest news, championship races, drivers and teams, results and current standings, live updates, tickets and official F1 merchandise visit the Formula One website.
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