Saturday, 8 March 2014

GALLERY: Australian Formula 1

Australian Formula 1
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne

I thought as the 2014 F1 season kicks-off in 5 days with practice session 1 of the Australian Formula 1, that I would publish a gallery with some photos from the 2013 Australian F1.  I attended the Australian F1 last year and while the circuit may not have the history of some of the famous European circuits like Spa, Silverstone and Monza, it is a fantastic and fast circuit.

I was lucky enough to have upgraded my general admission pass to a 'Premium Zone' on Turn 5 with separate bar and food, coffee shop, toilet facilities and a massive screen to watch the coverage (see the below image, yes they are bean bags).  Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best for the first few days (its Melbourne after all) but the race was fantastic with Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus taking the win and Mark Webber coming 6th.

This from Wikipedia: 'The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a few kilometres south of central Melbourne. It is used annually as a racetrack for the Australian Grand Prix and associated support races.

The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake, a small man-made lake just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. The road sections that are used were rebuilt prior to the inaugural event in 1996 to ensure consistency and smoothness. As a result, compared to other circuits that are held on public roads, the Albert Park track has quite a smooth surface.

Before 2007 there existed only a few other places on the Formula 1 calendar with a body of water close to the track. Many of the new tracks, such as Valencia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi have imitated that feature.

The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive, drivers having commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.'

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