Need to Know: 2019 Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 returns for the start of a highly-anticipated new season in Melbourne. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix weekend on March 14-17, 2019!

Welcome to Australia! It’s almost time for the first round of the season in metropolitan Melbourne, as Albert Park hosts what has become the traditional season-opening race. The city is home to almost five million people, with the population having almost doubled since F1 first visited Melbourne in 1996. There’s a definite buzz around the streets on Grand Prix weekend, so make the most of your visit to one of Australia’s leading cities! From sports museums and cricket grounds, to road trips and markets, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Australian Grand Prix trip in our Off-Track Activities post. Don’t forget, trams in the city are free for F1 fans on Grand Prix weekend.

Heading to Melbourne for the first time? All the essential travel information is on our Travel Basics page.

The Australian Grand Prix is usually one of the top three best-attended races of the year, with close to 300,000 fans flocking to the circuit over the race weekend. Attendance at Albert Park has been on the rise in recent years, perhaps thanks to home favourites Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo being in competitive Red Bull machinery. A perk of the Melbourne race is that it is one of the cheapest to attend, with the event being in the top six cheapest races based on average ticket prices and one of the most affordable for local residents.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Australian Grand Prix!

2019 F1 Season Launch Event

For the first time, Formula 1 will host an official season launch event in Melbourne. The event will take place at Federation Square, between 3pm and 8:30pm on March 13. All 10 teams and 20 drivers will be in attendance, and there’ll be a range of entertainment as well as autograph opportunities.

Entry is free. More information can be found on the Formula 1 website.

For 2019, General Admission tickets for the Australian Grand Prix have become ‘Park Passes’. The name may have changed, but the tickets still offer the same great value for fans. If you have a Park Pass we advise getting there early to secure the best viewing spots! One of the great things about the event is the jam-packed support race line-up, which has more support race action than any other event on the calendar. This year, the Australian Formula 4 championship will be on the support bill for the first time. You can find all the vital information about watching the race at Albert Park, including session times, on our Trackside page, which is fully updated for 2019.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix

Last year’s Australian Grand Prix saw only fifteen on-track passes, the least of any Grand Prix in 2018. But don’t let that put you off! Lewis Hamilton has taken pole here in every season since 2014, yet the Melbourne race has only been won from pole once in the last seven years. Whether there’s lots of on-track action or not, nothing compares to the anticipation of a new season, and Albert Park offers our first glimpse at the competitive order for 2019. There’s plenty of driver changes among the leading teams, and we’ll have three rookies on the grid, as well as the long-awaited return of Robert Kubica.

You can read more about the history of the event on our Race Facts page.

Away from the race track, there’s plenty going on over Grand Prix week in Melbourne. On March 14, the Melbourne Storm will play against the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in the season-opening National Rugby League match. Elsewhere, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will be in full swing over the weekend, as will the Brunswick Music Festival. There’s also always a vibrant atmosphere at the Queen Vic Night Market on Wednesday evenings. More off-track ideas for your stay in Melbourne can be found here

If you’re not in Melbourne for this year’s Australian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip to Albert Park in 2020 by reading our guides to the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Australian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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