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Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit

Name: Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
Country: Australia
First GP: 17/03/1996
GP Organized: 13
Viewers: 80.000
Info / Press:
Australian Grand Prix Corporation
Grand Prix House
220 Albert Park
PO Box 577
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Phone: +61 3 9258 7100
Fax: +61 3 9699 3727
Length: 5.303 km
Curves: 16 (izquierda:6) (derecha:10)
Speed: 325 Km/h
Pole: 1:24.408 (M.Schumacher 2004)
Lap record: 1:24.125 (M.Schumacher 2004)

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

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 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. Many 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, 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.

An overhead view of part of the circuit as viewed from the Eureka Tower observation deck
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 Lakeside Stadium, some restaurants and rowing boathouses) has restricted access during the grand prix weekend. Dissent is still prevalent among nearby local residents and users of those others facilities, 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 4 July 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 26-29 March.

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, an earlier configuration 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.

Source: wikipedia.org 

History: Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
DateDriverTeamTime
15-03-2015Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:31:54.067
16-03-2014Nico RosbergMercedes1:32:58.710
17-03-2013Kimi RaikkonenLotus 1:30:03.225
18-03-2012Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:34:09.565
27-03-2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull1h29:30.259
28-03-2010Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:33:36.531
29-03-2009Jenson ButtonBrawn GP1:34:15.784
16-03-2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:34:50.616
18-03-2007Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:25:28.770
02-04-2006Fernando AlonsoRenault1:34:27.870
06-03-2005Giancarlo FisichellaRenault1:24:17.336
07-03-2004Michael SchumacherFerrari1:24:15.757
09-03-2003David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:34:42.124
03-03-2002Michael SchumacherFerrari1:35'36.792
04-03-2001Michael SchumacherFerrari1:38'265.33
12-03-2000Michael SchumacherFerrari1:34'01.987
07-03-1999Eddie IrvineFerrari1:35'01.659
08-03-1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-Mercedes1:31'45.996
09-03-1997David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:30'28.718
10-03-1996Damon HillWilliams-Renault1:32'50.491

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