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Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Albert park and lake.jpg
An overhead view of part of the circuit as viewed from the Eureka Tower observation deck
Location Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Time zone GMT+10 (GMT+11 DST)
Coordinates 37°50′59″S 144°58′6″E / 37.84972°S 144.96833°E / -37.84972; 144.96833Coordinates: 37°50′59″S 144°58′6″E / 37.84972°S 144.96833°E / -37.84972; 144.96833
Major events FIA Formula One
Australian Grand Prix
Circuit Albert Park.svg
Length 5.303 km (3.30 mi)
Turns 16
Lap record 1:24.125 (Germany Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Original circuit
Length 5.0 km (3.125 mi)
Turns 9
Lap record 1:50.0 (United Kingdom Stirling Moss, Cooper-Climax, 1958, Formula Libre[1])

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a couple of kilometres south of central Melbourne. It is used once a year as a racetrack for the Australian Grand Prix and associated support races.

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Design

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, the Albert Park track has quite a smooth surface. Before 2007 there existed only a few other places on the Formula 1 calendar with a body of water close to the track. Most of the new tracks, such as Valencia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi have imitated that feature.

The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive, with 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 a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit's pit building

Each year, most of the trackside fencing, pedestrian overpasses, grandstands and other motorsport infrastructure are erected approximately a month prior to the Grand Prix weekend and removed within 6 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 reasonably popular in Melbourne and Australia (with a large European population and a general interest in motorsport). Middle Park, the home of South Melbourne FC was demolished in 1994 due to expansion at Albert Park.

On 04 Jul 2008, the official F1 site reported that more than 300,000 people attended the four-day Melbourne Grand Prix, though actual ticket sales were later disputed by the local media. The Grand Prix will continue until at least 2015 after securing a new contract with Formula One Management. There will be no night races in Albert Park but 2009’s event started at 5pm and took place between March 26-29.

Albert Park also has the distinction of being the only venue to hold the Australian Grand Prix in both World Championship and non-World Championship formats. Prior to the 1996 Australian Grand Prix, a modified version of the current circuit was used for both the 1953 and 1956 Australian Grands Prix. During this time Albert Park actually ran anti-clockwise as opposed to the current GP circuit which runs clockwise.

See also

References

  1. ^ Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks. Turton & Armstrong Pty Ltd Publishers. p. 10. ISBN 0 908031 55 6. 

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Simple English

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Albert Park

File:Albert park and
An overhead view of part of the circuit as viewed from the Eureka Tower observation deck

Location Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Time zone GMT +10 (GMT +11 DST)
Coordinates 37°50′59″S 144°58′6″E / 37.84972°S 144.96833°E / -37.84972; 144.96833Coordinates: 37°50′59″S 144°58′6″E / 37.84972°S 144.96833°E / -37.84972; 144.96833
Major Events FIA Formula One
Australian Grand Prix
File:Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melborne,
Circuit Length 5.303 km (3.30 mi)
Turns 16
Lap Record 1:24.125 ( Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Original circuit
Circuit Length 5.027 km (3.124 mi)
Turns 9
Lap Record 1:50.0 ( Stirling Moss, Cooper, 1958 Formula Libre[1])

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a couple of kilometres south of central Melbourne. It is used once a year as a racetrack for the Australian Grand Prix and associated support races.

Contents

Design

The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake, a small man-made lake just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. The roads that are used were rebuilt prior to the first race in 1996 to ensure consistency and smoothness. As a result, the Albert Park track has quite a smooth surface.

The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive. Drivers have commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. The flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that it is not easy to pass another car on the track. Watching the entire race track can only be done from a grandstand seat.

File:Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit pit
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit's pit building

Each year, most of the trackside fencing, pedestrian overpasses, grandstands and other motorsport infrastructure must be erected for the race. This is done about one month before the Grand Prix weekend. They are all removed by six weeks after the event. Land around the circuit has restricted access during the grand prix weekend. This includes an aquatic centre, a golf course, a football stadium, some restaurants and rowing boathouses. Many nearby local residents are unhappy with the loss of park access. Some maintain a silent protest against the event. The event is popular with most people in Melbourne and Australia. They have a large European population and a general interest in motorsport. Middle Park (stadium), the home of South Melbourne FC was demolished in 1994 due to expansion at Albert Park.

Albert Park has the distinction of being the only venue to hold the Australian Grand Prix in both World Championship and non-World Championship formats. Prior to the 1996 Grand Prix, a modified version of the current circuit was used for both the 1953 and 1956 Grands Prix. During this time Albert Park ran anti-clockwise as opposed to the current GP circuit standard clockwise.

See also

  • Adelaide Street Circuit

References

  1. Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks. Turton & Armstrong Pty Ltd Publishers. p. 10. ISBN 0 908031 55 6. 

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