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Albert Park

Melbourne has been established as the opening Grand Prix of the season since supremo Ron Walker won the race from Adelaide in 1996.

Country
Australia
Location
Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
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Melbourne has been established as the opening Grand Prix of the season since supremo Ron Walker won the race from Adelaide in 1996. If Adelaide was popular then Melbourne soon proved even more so. A party atmosphere and early-season optimism combines with an excellent temporary circuit around the lake in Albert Park. First suggested in 1934, the circuit hosted the Australian GP twice during the 1950s. Unlike other such venues, it is fast and wide, allowing for good racing, and it is only a short tram ride from downtown Melbourne. It was here that Jacques Villeneuve almost won on his GP debut in 1996, and David Coulthard controversially ceded victory to McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen in 1998. Tragedy struck Melbourne in 2001 when debris from Villeneuve’s somersaulting car killed marshal Graham Beveridge.

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Type

Temporary road course

Length

3.125 (Miles)

Description

Original anti-clockwise circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Stirling Moss (Cooper T43-Climax), 1m50.0, 102.272 mph, FL, 1958

Type

Temporary road course

Length

3.295 (Miles)

Description

Direction reversed, new pit section, final corner bypassed and three further modifications

Fastest Race Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+), 1m20.486, 147.380 mph, F1, 2019

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004), 1m24.125, 141.005 mph, F1, 2004

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