Australian F1 Grand Prix

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The Australian Grand Prix was first held in 1928, but the venues have changed over the years. The first F1 Grand Prix race was held on the Adelaide Street Circuit. Since 1996, the Australian Grand Prix has been held on the Melbourne Street Circuit, which transforms suburban Albert Park into a world-class F1 racing track in a matter of days. For a few days each year a platoon of construction workers and volunteers change a mundane commuter road into a 5.3km (3.3mi) F1 racing circuit, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year, making the race an incredible inner-city party! For the 2014 Season, the Australian Grand Prix is the season’s first race.

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Located just three kilometres from the city centre, Albert Park is a 225-hectare parkland area boasting a range of recreational and sporting facilities. Originally the area was a series of swamps and lagoons, and in 1864 it was designated as a public park and named Albert Park in honour of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. The park is home to over 100 species of birds and all kinds of wetland vegetation.

The 45-hectare Albert Park Lake is also home to Australia’s famous black swans. The park also has jogging tracks, picnic areas, playgrounds, a lookout tower, golf course, aquatic centre, indoor sports arena and various outdoor sporting facilities. The park attracts up to four million visitors a year, but the biggest draw by far is the annual F1 Grand Prix race.

Albert Park has a long motor racing history. It was first used for a non-championship Australian Grand Prix back in 1953 and has hosted the F1 Championship Grand Prix since 1996, having usurped it from Adelaide under huge protests from environmental groups, who were worried about the race having a negative impact on the parkland.

The first Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne was won by Damon Hill driving for Williams Renault. Michael Schumacher still holds the track record from 2004 and the most number of wins with four.  In 2013, the Australian Grand Prix was won by Kimi Raikkonen, driving for Lotus-Renault.

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