The world’s most prestigious motor sport race will arrive in Melbourne on the 23-26th of March. After 67 years of Grand Prix racing, the FIA Formula 1™ World Championship now embraces more than 900 races; touring the planet from Australia to Abu Dhabi, with stops almost everywhere in between. Australia is not shy to the world of Formula 1 success either, producing two former World Champs in Jack Brabham and Alan Jones; and hoping to add another in 2017.
Melbourne has gracefully adopted the Formula 1 within their booming city. The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit still holds a 13-year old fastest lap record set by all-time great Michael Schumacher. This year could be one of the toughest for the record however, as the race will be altered so good aerodynamics will be rewarded, and wider tyres will be incorporated, meaning drivers may see 5 seconds shaved from the average lap time.
Adding some diversity to the event, the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge will take to the tracks with appearances from the first full time female Supercar driver Simona de Silvestro and 2016 reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen. Also joining the Supercars on the circuit are the semi-pro and amateur Porsche 911 drivers looking to make a name for their driving prowess in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
Shannon Insurance will give visitors the opportunity to inspect GT3 cars from the world’s most exotic car brands including the likes of Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and McLaren. The Insurance company will also run a historic demonstration to salute some of the best vehicles that have toured the tracks over the past events, featuring old racing models from Carab, Lister, Alta, Cooper Bristol, Ferrari and ERA.
The MSS security speed test will return some competitiveness to track veterans as Mick Doohan, Will Davison and Peter Hackett take the opportunity to race a Mercedes AMG road car, a Mercedes AMG race car and a Formula 1 Grand Prix two-seater through the Melbourne circuit. The event won’t be all cars either, with food trucks, family zones and live music filling the racing event’s down time.
Depending on where you want to sit, what you want to see and how you want to see it, there are attendance packages available for every race enthusiast. To find out more info about the types of packages available, visit the Ticket Search page on the Formula 1 Australia official website. For general admission, the prices are as follows.
Thursday – $39
Friday – $55
Saturday – $85
Sunday – $99
4 Day Pass – $185
Thursday – $18
Friday – $27
Sunday – $68
4 Day Pass – $98
(The Family Package is available for two (2) Adults and two (2) Children up to 17 years of age OR one (1) Adult and three (3) Children up to 17 years of age. Any children attending the Event must be accompanied by a paying Adult ticket holder.)
Thursday – $78
Friday – $110
Saturday – $170
Sunday – $199
4 Day Pass – $370
Children Under 14 are FREE!
From the site:
It’s easy to travel to the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix on Melbourne’s iconic public transport network with trains, trams and buses providing frequent services. For detailed train, tram and bus information visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight daily).
If using any other public transport service besides the free shuttle trams, patrons must buy a valid Myki ticket for travel. Tickets are available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, Premium Stations, retail outlets and Myki ticket machines at train stations.
Visit grandprix.com.au/event/transport-information for more information about accessing the site by public transport.
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