AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Albert Park
Cancelled

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Albert Park
Cancelled

As usual, the Formula 1 season gets underway “Down Under,” or in Australia to be precise, the other side of the world for we Europeans.

There have been 34 Australian Grand Prix from 1985 to 2019, 11 of them held in Adelaide and 24 in the current venue, Melbourne.

Albert Park circuit is, as the name implies, set in a park. In a previous life it was used as a rubbish dump and also a military camp. In 1864, it was named in honour of Queen Victoria’s consort.

The Australian Grand Prix has taken place here every year since 1996, after moving from Adelaide, where it was traditionally the final round of the F1 championship, so that Melbourne and Australia are now synonymous with F1 and the trip to one of the world’s sporting capitals is always appreciated by F1 folk, who enjoy the warm weather after the cold European winter.

The 2019 Australian GP was won by Valtteri Bottas, while pole position went to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Not just Formula 1 in Melbourne

Apart from the race track, Albert Park is famous for its beautiful wetlands which form a perfect habitat for some fantastic and exotic birds.

As a result, bird watching is taken quite seriously with some ‘twitchers’ travelling far and wide to view amongst others, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, the Willie Wagtail and the Laughing Kookaburra.

Melbourne does not mean only F1, it can at times seem like one giant sports venue, with international tennis tournaments, world cycling championships and other sports.

One of the coolest parts of the city, very near to the track, is St. Kilda and its beach, the nearest nightspot to the race track, famous for its noisy bars, live music and cake shops!

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POSDRIVERPTS
1Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas)25
2Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari)18
3Lando Norris (Vodafone McLaren)16
4Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG Petronas)12
5Carlos Sainz Jr. (Vodafone McLaren)10
6Sergio Pérez (Racing Point F1 Team)8
7Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri)6
8Esteban Ocon (Renault F1 Team)4
9Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team)2
10Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)1
11Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)0
12Max Verstappen (Infiniti Red Bull Racing)0
13George Russell (Williams F1 Team)0
14Nicholas Latifi (Williams F1 Team)0
15Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team)0
16Alexander Albon (Infiniti Red Bull Racing)0
17Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia AlphaTauri)0
18Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)0
19Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)0
20Lance Stroll (Racing Point F1 Team)0
POSTEAMPTS
1Mercedes37
2McLaren26
3Ferrari19
4Racing Point8
5AlphaTauri6
6Renault4
7Alfa Romeo2
8Haas0
9Red Bull0
10Williams0