The Australian Grand Prix takes place in Melbourne every year, on a street circuit around the Albert Park Lake, found just south of the city centre. Encircling the beautiful lake, the track uses everyday Melbourne roads, and was one of the first F1 venues to be located around water.
The first Grand Prix to be held at the Albert Park Street Circuit took place in 1996, and has been a popular feature on the calendar every year.
The track is considered to be one of the fastest of the Series, and relatively easy to drive, while the majority of the circuit is on the flat. With only a few straights making up the track, and 16 turns, overtaking for the drivers is hard. The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is 5.303 kilometres long, and the current lap record was set in 2004 by Michael Schumacher, at 1.24.125. The track is also host to the V8 Supercars Series.
The city of Melbourne gears up to the Australian Grand Prix around a month before the event, as the fencing, pedestrian overpasses, and grandstands are put up, transforming the park into a top quality racing track. With so few straights, it is best to get a spot in a grandstand if going to view the proceedings, as this is where you will be able to access the best views of the race.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Qantas Australian Grand Prix
Race Date: 26th – 28th March 2010
Round Number: Two
Number Of Laps: 58