Suara.com – Melbourne will host the Australian Grand Prix until 2035 following a contract extension with Formula 1 on Thursday (16/6/2022).
The new agreement also states that Formula 2 and Formula 3 will be held alongside the top categories in Melbourne for the first time next year.
The current Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit contract at Albert Park expires in 2025 and Sydney has expressed interest in continuing to participate in F1.
Melbourne was on the calendar in 1996, replacing Adelaide, and F1 will race there almost 40 years after the new contract expires.
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More than 419,000 fans attended this year’s race in April, making it the highest number of spectators over a weekend at a sporting event in Australia.
The Australian GP, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, has always been the season opener, but this year it will be the third race on the calendar.
Local promoters do not expect to get back to Bahrain’s first slot, although Australian Grand Prix Corporation boss Andrew Westacott told Reuters he would like the race to take place at the start of each season.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicalli said the Australian GP has always been a favorite for fans, drivers and teams.
“Melbourne is an extraordinary and vibrant international city that fits perfectly with our sport,” he said.
Paddock and pit lane facilities will be upgraded following the new contract.
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