The Australian Grand Prix, at the Albert Park Circuit, is one of the most exciting races on the calendar. Earlier, it used to be the first race of the season, but now will receive drivers and teams in a hugely competitive spirit already, following the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia races. Pole sitter Charles Leclerc won it in 2022, ahead of Sergio Perez for Red Bull and George Russell in his Mercedes. With new changes since last year adding to the high-speed chicanes, the Australian Grand Prix is always an entertainer, on and off the tracks.
Australia GP in a Nutshell
Free Practice - March 31 and April 1, 2023
Qualifying - April 1, 2023
Main Race - April 2, 2023
Australia Grand Prix 2023 Timings
Friday, March 31 2023 - 8 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 6 PM
Why you must attend Australia GP 2023
The Australian Grand Prix is one of the oldest motorsport events. The first Grand Prix was the 100 Miles Road Race that was held at the iconic Phillip Island road circuit in 1928. Since then, it has moved to 23 different venues across the country. The Grand Prix became part of the F1 World Championship in 1985 and is under contract to host F1 races until 2035.
The Melbourne GP Circuit regularly draws crowds of around 270,000 spectators. In 2022, the Grand Prix drew a record 419,114 people, which included 128,294 on race day. Last year, Charles Leclerc scored the first Grand Slam of his career, and the first for Ferrari since
Fernando Alonso achieved the feat in 2010. This means he won Pole Position, had the Fastest Lap of the race and went on to win the race as well.
The Australian Grand Prix 2023 will also feature a race day concert by the contemporary rock band ‘Birds of Tokyo’. The music line-up also includes indie pop band ‘The Jungle Giants’ and the award winning electronic pop artist Hayden James.
Fun Fact: The lowest starting position from which a driver has won the Australian GP is 11th, which was achieved by David Coulthard in 2003 and Eddie Irvine in 1999.
Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.278 kilometers
Total Laps: 58
Total Race Distance: 306.124 kilometers
Fastest Lap: 1:20.260, Charles Leclerc, 2022
The Melbourne Circuit is one of the swiftest circuits on the F1 calendar, despite it having some street circuit attributes. During nine months of the year the circuit can be accessed by regular vehicles until it is set up for the Grand Prix.
The placement of corners on the circuit is consistent, allowing drivers to put up higher average speeds and faster lap times. In 2021, due to the postponement of the race due to COVID-19, the track underwent layout changes. The Turns and corners saw reprofiling and the pit lane was widened by 2 meters as well. All these changes are expected to bring the qualifying lap times down by up to 5 seconds.
Australian Grand Prix 2023 Tickets
Catch the thrilling Australian GP 2023 with this all-inclusive 3-day ticket to the race! With these tickets, you can access all the fun events during the Grand Prix weekend.
Don’t miss any of the action - the practice sessions, qualifying, and race day with these tickets.
How do I select the right seats?
|Button Grandstand||Turns 8||Yes||No||Most high-speed action and accelerating zones||AU$512|
|General Admission||Turns 9, 10, 11 and 12||Yes||Yes||For panoramic views and fan zone access||AU$621|
Plan Your Visit
Australia Grand Prix 2023 Timings
Australia Grand Prix Opening Hours are 8 AM onwards on Friday and 8.30 AM onwards on the rest of the days.
Getting to Albert Park Circuit
By Tram - There are multiple tram stops around the park. Note that your Australian GP tickets allow you to take the tram to the circuit for free. You can get off at the appropriate stop depending on the entry gate.
Gate 1: Take Route 96 Light Rail GP Express and get off at Southern Cross Station - Stop 130 (Middle Park).
Gate 3: Take tram Route 12 and get off at stop 130 (Albert Rd. Clarendon Street)
Gate 5: Take the St Kilda Road GP Shuttle and get off at Stop 20 (Park Street/St Kilda Road).
Gate 9: Take the St Kilda Road GP Shuttle and get off at Stop 29 (Union Street/St Kilda Road)
By Bus - Get off at Armstrong Street/Richardson Street using bus 606
F1 Dictionary - Everything There is to Know
Cockpit - The cockpit is where the driver sits in a Formula 1 car. It can be thought of as the workspace of an F1 driver.
G-force - When taking turns at very high speeds in a Formula 1 car, the driver experiences forces that cause them to feel heavier. Typically, in a corner, a driver may experience up to 5Gs, which means that they will feel like they are 5 times heavier than normal.
Installation lap - This lap is done upon arriving at a track to test functions such as brakes, throttle, and steering before they head back to the pits.
Torque - Torque is a measure of the turning force of an engine. A powerful engine requires a certain amount of torque to allow it to be available over a larger rev range. If the torque is too low, then the driver cannot make use of a powerful engine.
Turbocharger - A turbocharger is an exhaust-driven turbine that drives a compressor, which in turn increases the amount of air consumed by the engine. This allows the engine to create more power than a non-turbocharged engine of the same size.
The Australian Grand Prix 2023 will be held from March 31 to April 2, 2023 with the main race taking place on April 2.
The starting price of tickets to the Australian Grand Prix 2023 is AUD 512.
The Australian Grand Prix tickets include admission to the circuit for 3 days and access to all the post-race shows and concerts.
Charles Leclerc won last year’s Melbourne Grand Prix