Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
The Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit located around Albert Park Lake, a short distance from the heart of Melbourne. The circuit is transformer each year for the F1 Australian Grand Prix, which has been held in Melbourne since 1996. The leafy, inner suburban open space is transformed each year into an international gathering-point for some of the biggest movers and shakers in world sport.
The event attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year, from dedicated F1 aficionados to die-hard celebrity-watchers. It’s an inner-city party that last for four days but brings year-round interest as Melbourne launches the annual FIA Formula One World Championship.
While racing at Albert Park dates back to 1953, the circuit was completely revamped in preparation for the return of the F1 Grand Prix to Melbourne in 1996. The only permanent facility at the circuit is the two story pit lane building. The rest, including grandstands and corporate facilities are all temporary and are constructed every year.
The circuit has been revamped throughout 2021 including modifying seven of the circuit’s corners, with two removed entirely, widening the pit lane and resurfacing the track for the first time in 25 years. The length of the circuit (following the racing line) will be reduced by 28 metres, from 5.259km to 5.231km, with lap times to decrease by approximately five seconds.