Formula One extends Australian Grand Prix partnership

Formula One extends Australian Grand Prix partnership

June 16, 2022

Formula One has announced that the Australian Grand Prix, which is held in Melbourne, will remain in the city until 2035, following a massive long-term deal. The partnership will also see the race join the Formula 2 and Formula 3 calendar for the first time since 2023.

Albert Park, which hosts the race in Melbourne, has been the venue since 1996, and with upgrades and investments having been made over the last couple of years, the circuit will see further updates to it with regards to improving fan experiences, facilities and the circuit itself.

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Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula One, commented:

I am delighted to confirm that Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit will continue to be on the Formula 1 calendar until 2035. The race has always been a favourite for the fans, drivers and the teams and Melbourne is an incredible and vibrant international city that is a perfect match for our sport.

This year we saw huge crowds and passionate fans at the Grand Prix, and we are very excited by the future in Australia as our sport continues to grow. I want to thank the Victorian Government, Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria and Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport & Major Events for their tireless support for the event in Melbourne, as well as Andrew Westacott and Paul Little from the AGPC for making this already long-term partnership secure for the future. We are all looking forward to being back in Melbourne next season with all our fans.

Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport & Major Events, Victorian Government, stated:

The Australian Grand Prix has never been bigger, with more than 419,000 people flocking to Albert Park for this year’s race. We know how important this event is to our economy and that’s why we’ve delivered the longest extension for the race since it has been held in Melbourne.

Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, added:

This is a sensational announcement that is simply great for Melbourne and Victoria. It builds on our rich motor sport history as well as Melbourne’s love of big sporting events and provides aspiration to the next generation of Aussie racing stars. We’re proud of our strong relationship with Formula 1 and together we will grow the sport in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Everyone at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation looks forward to taking the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix to new levels over the course of the next 13 years.

The 2022 Australian Grand Prix, which was the first race at the venue since 2019 due to the COVID pandemic, saw a record total of 419,000 fans at the track, which was the largest-ever recorded crowd for a sporting event in Australia.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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