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Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne, Albert Park Circuit

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

The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circles Albert Park Lake, a 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 circuit has a relatively smooth surface.

The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive, however, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights and the fact that the track stays ‘green’ (slippery) all the time off the racing line, means it is not a good circuit for overtaking.

With the Australian Grand Prix taking place just as the seasons are changing, the weather is unpredictable and the temperature can vary dramatically, so it can be a struggle to either get tyres up to working temperature or to cool the car.

Each year, most of the trackside fencing, pedestrian overpasses, grandstands and other motorsport infrastructure are erected approximately a month prior to the race weekend and then removed after the event.

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, This year due to overwhelming demand for grandstand seating, the Albert Park Circuit will have an additional brand new grandstand for the 2010 Grand Prix. NAmed after Red Bul Racing Driver MArk Webber, the Webber Stand is to be located between the existing Fangio and Senna stands, and will offer patrons a gereat view of the race coming out of Turn 16 and heading down pit straight.

Circuit Facts

Lap Distance: 3.295 Miles (5.303km)
Race Laps: 58 Laps
Race Distance: 191.110 Miles (307.574km)
Number of Corners: 16

Albert Park Circuit Layout

The Grand Prix will is under contract to continue until at least 2015 after The Albert Park Circuit secured a new contract with Formula One Management. For the first time in Formula One the Albert Park circuit in 2009 hosted a twilight Grand Prix starting at 5pm, the 2010 Grand Prix will also be a twilight race.

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