Hello and welcome to 2015!
We're only 4 weeks away from winter testing and it won't be long before we go racing at the Albert Park in Melbourne. Here's the link to the revised and expanded guide:
Lewis Hamilton in Australia - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
As the new year starts, we thought it was time to stop and reflect briefly on the yearly statistics of the GrandPrixAdvisor.com. In 2014, we had:
The country from which people read this website the most is the UK. Australia, where this site is hosted and maintained, is in second place, followed by the USA to round up the podium. Visitors from these three countries have accessed more than 100,000 pages alone in 2014.
The Formula 1 season usually starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, which is scheduled for the 12-13-14-15 March 2015. It is a popular event that tends to draw over 100,000 spectators on race day and feels incredibly well organised. Its support program includes, amongst others, a V8 Supercars round and the Ultimate Speed Comparison, the latter providing what should be one of the last opportunities to hear the shrill engine of a previous generation F1 car.
Prost, Senna, Webber and Fangio grandstands - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
Being so close to the Central Business District (CBD), you can feel the vibe of the race weekend both in and outside the track. Australia is a sports-mad nation and the support for their drivers is phenomenal. Expect Daniel Ricciardo to be cheered on as well as the usual strong support for Ferrari. Time will tell whether the Australians have warmed up to Vettel now that he is wearing red overalls.
The race itself is generally action packed with a high probability of restart behind the safety car at some point during the 58 laps. The weekend also provides an opportunity to assess the true competitiveness of the new cars and driver line-ups after a couple of months of winter testing.
Melbourne has plenty to offer besides the grand prix. Its much talked about restaurant, shopping and culture scenes are worth considering extending your stay in the city, or as a base to explore this part of the world.