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The Australian Grand Prix

The Glory and the Power Comes to Melbourne in 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rev your engines; the FIA Formula 1 World Championships roar into Melbourne to kick off Round 1 at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 13 – 16 March. With four days of action packed racing, car demonstrations, live music and entertainment, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
To find out about all the action of the event, read on!

Let’s Take it Back: The History of the Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix is the oldest surviving motor racing competition in Australia; it’s been held 77 times since its inception in 1928. Originally raced at Phillip Island, the current event is held at Melbourne’s legendary Albert Park circuit. The Australian Grand Prix became part of the World Championship Circuit in 2006, replacing the Portuguese Grand Prix as the first round in the World Championships. The most successful drivers on the Australian Grand Prix circuit have been Australian Driver Lex Davidson and German Mark Schumacher with both drivers winning four times each. The 2013 event was taken out by Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, driving for Lotus. Team Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel took out the title in 2011 – will be be able to do it again in 2014?

Albert Park
Albert Park – Home of the Australian Grand Prix 2014

 

On Track Events

Cheer on our homegrown driver Daniel Ricciardo as he and Sebastian Vettel lead the charge trackside for Team Red Bull. Round 1 at the Australian Grand Prix 2014 the first opportunity for fans to see the new regulation 1.6 litre V6 Turbo engines that replaced the 2.4 litre V8s in previous World Championship cars. Held again at Albert Park in Melbourne, you can download a map of the 2014 F1 circuit here.

In addition to the F1 competition, an array of other motorsports will heat up the track to entertain crowds over the four day event including the V8 Supercar Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, the Ultimate Speed Comparison, a Targa Tarmac Demonstration, Ferrari Parade and, of course, the Shannon’s Demonstration of Historic Cars. For more information on trackside events, visit the Australian Grand Prix website.

Trackside Entertainment

With plenty of live music, demonstrations, competitions and exhibitions across the four-day event, the Australian Grand Prix is an extravaganza of entertainment for car enthusiasts and action-sports lovers.

Action Zone
What better way to spend your weekend than watching adrenalin-fuelled stunt riders defy gravity in the Globe of Death? Be thrilled by the 200m Motorcycle High Wire – stunning aerial acrobatics and daredevil motorcycle antics. You’ll find these and more in the Action Zone at the Australian Grand Prix 2014. Tony Hawk and friends will be entertaining crowds through the Grand Prix at the Tony Hawk Vert Jam, with some of the best skaters in the world heading to Melbourne to show off their tricks.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be part of an F1 Pit Crew? Put your skills to the test at the Pirelli PitStop Challenge. New to the Australian Grand Prix this year, professional Pit Crew will be on hand to demonstrate a tyre change and then hand the equipment over to you. How quickly can you get the tyres changed on a replica Formula 1 car? Head to the Action Zone to find out; best of all, this action packed activity is free for all ticketholders throughout the weekend.

F1 Central
Take a break from all the action at F1 Central; located behind the Brabham Stand, F1 Central provides ticketholders an array of food and drink offerings as well as a one-stop shop for all your Formula 1 merchandise. Don’t worry, there’s a big screen setup so you won’t miss a minute of the action!

Golf Course Precinct
The Golf Course Precinct is the perfect spot to enjoy live music and entertainment during the Australian Grand Prix, especially if you’re enjoying an outing with the whole family. Rock out to the Rising Suns, grab a drink at the bar or head up to Brocky’s Hill and watch your favourite teams zoom past. If you’ve ever dreamed of racing in the F1, head over to Legends Lane and line-up for the F1 Simulator experience; for $20pp you can race friends or strangers around a virtual circuit of the legendary Albert Park.

You can even take the kids to the Porsche Kids Driving School! Focusing on road safety, children between 120cm and 150cm in height can participate in a 20 minute driving course, including a theory lesson and driving lesson and complete with a ‘Driver’s License’ at the end.

Visit the Kids’ Corner in the Golf Course Precinct for a chance to meet a life-size Lightening McQueen, bounce out your little squirts energy at the giant Cars bouncy castle and or head to the new Disney Planes Hanger to do arts and crafts.

Legends Lane, located behind the Fangio Stand gives you the opportunity to take a look back at the history of motorsport. Bernard Fanning will be performing live from the Main Stage on Saturday 15 March – sure to be a highlight!

V8 Village
Get up close and personal with your favourite racing teams at the V8 Village and get a peek into the garages and facilities of world class racing teams. Grab some of your team’s merchandise and head to the Autograph Stage to get it signed. Your F1 heroes will be signing from 11.30 – 6.00pm on Thursday only; V8 Supercar Drivers will be signing at various times throughout the Grand Prix. Want to meet a Grid Girl? They’ll be amping up crowds at the Autograph Stage too.

Travel, Tickets and Transport

If you’re travelling from interstate for the Australian Grand Prix 2014, take some time out from the motorsports madness to enjoy the surrounding area; sensational St. Kilda offers visitors a slice of Melbournian magnificence. Take a dip in the heated seawater spas or amble through the Sunday Arts and Crafts Market on the Esplanade. Chock full of cool cafes, bars and boutiques, if you’re looking for anything, you can probably find it in St Kilda!
Ready for the roar of the engines and the smell of the exhaust? Buy your tickets here – General Admission Single Day tickets start from $55 and four day passes are available. Remember -Thursday is free admission! Grandstand tickets start at $320 for the full four days – if you’ve got the budget, Grandstand tickets are a must for any motoring enthusiast, offering close proximity to the track and the best views.

To get yourself trackside, you could drive or hop on public transport; there are special public transport routes running throughout the event – download a map here. Alternatively, if you’re heading to Melbourne from out of state for the Australian Grand Prix, think about hiring a car to save you time and hassle getting to the Grand Prix and getting around Melbourne. Check out some great deals from Europcar, perfect for a weekend in Melbourne at the Grand Prix.

Keep track of your own Australian Grand Prix experience by downloading the full schedule of races and events here.
Enjoy the glory. Enjoy the power. Enjoy the Grand Prix.

(Grand Prix image courtesy of zstock / Shutterstock.com)

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