The Government of the State of Victoria announces that the Australian GP will remain in the semi-citizen of Albert Park in Melbourne: the contract expiring in 2025 will be extended for at least another 10 years. Ferrari is the team that has won by far the most of all
If you are among those who look to Formula 1 with a certain concern about its future due to the many innovations, especially in relation to the many new circuits, rest assured: there is a certainty and it is called Melbourne. Not that the near future of the Australian Grand Prix was too much in question. Until 2025, indeed, it was not at all, in the sense that there was a contract to guarantee the Albert Park race. But now over there they have decided to put their hands forward, far ahead. And in these hours the local government of the State of Victoria will announce that the agreement will be extended until 2035.
The agreement will therefore guarantee the continuation of the event for at least forty years, since the first edition in Melbourne took place in 1996 and has since been a regular appointment, with the only exceptions of 2020 and 2021, due to Covid-19. . And in total, adding the 11 Grand Prix held in Adelaide, we arrive practically half a century of Australia in Formula 1. Sticking only to the races valid for the championship, started in 1985, because then in reality we have always raced there, since 1928, initially in Phillip Island., a place more known to motorcyclists, and then year after year in different locations each time.
F.2 and F.3 arrive
However, keeping to the present: the semi-citizen of Melbourne will continue to be a familiar setting for everyone. This is not to be taken for granted, since it is no mystery that Liberty Media is receiving requests for a seat on the calendar from many countries. And even within Australia itself it is said there were other locations interested in the event. So here is that the authorities of the State of Victoria wanted to lock up their race. With Formula 2 and Formula 3 too, which have never gone so far, to the other side of the planet, but which will begin to do so from 2023. The organizers’ intentions are, moreover, to modify and modernize the paddock and box area.
Schumi 4 wins, Lewis 8 pole
In Australia, as mentioned, we have been racing for the F1 championship since 1985. In Melbourne since 1996, with 4 victories for Michael Schumacher, 3 for Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, 2 for each for David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Exactly, sir Lewis had only two victories, compared to 8 pole positions. Eight poles which, moreover, represent a record, no one has achieved more on a single track, at most others have done the same elsewhere, namely Ayrton Senna in Imola, Michael Schumacher in Suzuka, and moreover Hamilton himself also made 8 poles in Budapest.
If the statistics count for anything, for Ferrari this extension with the relative certainty of still racing for many years in Melbourne is good news, given that it is by far the team with the most wins, 9, including the last, this one. year, with Charles Leclerc, compared to 6 for McLaren and 4 for Mercedes.