So here we are in Melbourne! After a long and painful winter of uneventful Sundays spent staring aimlessly out of the window, Formula One is back! Fans everywhere are rejoicing at the prospect of the first race and the anticipation is massive - who will show the early pace?
Regardless, what a city to start. With its electric atmosphere, Melbourne has all you could ever hope for in a Grand Prix: fast cars, great food, up close action; Melbourne has it all.
You don’t need to take our word for it – Melbourne has been ranked the “world’s most liveable city” twice, and 4.17 million habitants can’t be wrong!
The capital of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city, a place of fashion, food, architecture, theatres and galleries, Melbourne has over 3000 restaurants serving over 70 national cuisines. You can’t miss a famous fresh Melbourne meat pie, however if you see a ‘pie floater’ on the menu, steer clear...
Melbourne is also a city of sport, named “World’s Ultimate Sports City” in 2008 for the second time. It hosts not only Formula One but also the world renowned ‘Melbourne Cup’, the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious horse race know to Australians as “the race that stops the nation” as well as the Grand Slam Australian Open tennis tournament.
Host of the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, Melbourne was the first Olympic Games held in the southern hemisphere. It is Aussie Rules Football that really gets the locals going though, if you are a sports fan a trip to a game is a real treat.
As far as the weather goes, in March you will certainly want to pack your sun hat and sun cream. However rain is always a possibility. So who knows, there may be a chance to break out those new blue and green tyres…
The Grand Prix itself takes place in Albert Park in the heart of the city. The 16-turn circuit, 5.3 kilometres in its current guise, was built utilising a combination of public roads and a car park within the park itself. The circuit is renowned as being a bumpy and high-speed test for Formula One teams and drivers.
Its characteristics are similar to the only other street circuit set in a public park used in the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal which hosts the Canadian Grand Prix. 300,000 people attend the Grand Prix over the race weekend so this year’s shouldn’t be any different and deliver a truly epic atmosphere.
As usual the season opener should deliver a cracking spectacle for the fans… Hooroo!