A very long contract for Melbourne

Formula 1 executives have announced that Melbourne will host the Australian Grand Prix until 2035.

Australia and Formula 1 is a love story that lasts… for a very long time! While a Grand Prix has been taking place on the island-continent since 1928 (apart from a break in 1936, between 1940 and 1946, and in 2020 and 2021), and Albert Park in Melbourne has hosted it since 1996, this will still be the case until 2035! The leaders of F1 and those of the Australian circuit announced on Thursday the extension of their contract, which ran until 2025. And as happiness never comes alone for fans of motor sports, Formula 2 and Formula 3 races will also take place in Melbourne from next year. “Racing has always been a fan, driver and team favorite and Melbourne is an incredible and vibrant international city that is a perfect fit for our sport. This year we saw huge crowds (419,000 spectators in total) and passionate fans at the Grand Prix, and we are very excited about the future in Australia as our sport continues to grow. I would like to thank the Victorian Government, Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria and Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events for their tireless support of the Melbourne event, as well as Andrew Westacott and Paul Little of 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,” reacted F1 boss Stefano Domenicali.

Schumacher wins record in Melbourne

“This is a sensational announcement which is just great for Melbourne and the State of Victoria. It draws on our rich motorsport history as well as Melbourne’s love of major sporting events and offers aspiration for the next generation of Australian racing stars. We are proud of our strong relationship with Formula 1 and together we will grow the sport in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Everyone at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is looking forward to taking Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix to new levels over the next 13 years,” said Grand Prix chairman Andrew Westacott. Since the Australian Grand Prix took place in Melbourne, Michael Schumacher has held the record for victories, with four successes in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.

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