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Albert Park

Albert Park Circuit
220 Albert Road
South Melbourne
Victoria 3004

Tel: (61) 3 9258 7124

Fax: (61) 3 9682 0410

Official website:



5.303km (3.295miles)

Race laps:


2013 winner:

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)



First GP:


Lap record:

1:24.125 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)


Street Circuit

Total races:



The Albert Park circuit uses 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 a smooth surface.

The course is considered to be 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 layout that features few true straights, means that the circuit is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.

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 six 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 weeken, consequently dissent is still prevalent among nearby local residents and users of those 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).

On 4 July 2008, 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.

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.

The Circuit

The end of the straight is the fastest section of the track, with speeds of 185 mph (300 kph) achieved. There's then significant braking into Turn 1. The gravel trap at the end of the start-finish straight sees a lot of action over the weekend. It's particularly attractive to cars on the first lap.

Turn 3 offers a good overtaking opportunity.

The high speed chicane of Turns 11 and 12 is taken in excess of 125 mph (200 kph), with a reasonable kerb providing an extra challenge.

This final sector is relatively low speed compared to the rest of the track; conversely, there's a good amount of gain to be made here.

The last two Turns, 15 and 16, are where you want the car to work best. These are very slow, and are where the most lap time can be gained from the car. If you increase grip through here by 5% you see a difference of around 0.2s per lap which is huge.

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