Australian F1 Grand Prix ready to go at enhanced Albert Park circuit
Fans will flock to Albert Park this weekend for what is set to be one of the biggest Australian Grand Prix’s ever, and it’ll be a new-look Albert Park circuit with enhancements on and off the track.
Such has been the demand for the 2022 event, that several new grandstands have been added to the circuit, and others extended, with an additional 10,000 seats, boosting seating to around 39,000 across 17 grandstands.
Tickets to Saturday and Sunday of the event have been fully exhausted, with race day tickets selling out some six weeks prior to the event. Limited tickets remain for Friday and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Although there will be capped attendances due to labour shortages, meaning the event won't top the numbers seen in 1996 when 154,000 fans were on hand, AGPC CEO Andrew Westacott believes Saturday attendance will set a new record, while Sunday will rank in the top five of the race's history.
"It's not only a sell-out on Sunday but we've had to sadly announce Saturday has sold out as well, which will hopefully push demand to Friday," said Westacott.
“We expect that we’re going to have the biggest or one of the biggest aggregate crowds in the history of the event.
There are also eight new hospitality facilities around the Melbourne circuit, treating fans to a never before seen level of hospitality and premium experiences at the track.
Track changes have been made to the circuit for the first time since it joined the calendar in 1996, with more overtaking zones expected to lift Albert Park to become one of the best facilities on the 23-race calendar.
"What we've done is provide $20 million to upgrade the circuit – we think with the new cars and the changes we've made, it's going to be more exciting for the fans on TV as well as at the circuit.
"As well as the circuit changes, we've had to put in some 41 super-screens around the venue, we've got five new grandstands and about 17 corporate facilities at various locations.
The Australian Grand Prix begins on Thursday, April 7 at Albert Park, with the F1 cars hitting the circuit from Friday, and the main race day on Sunday, starting at 3:00pm.