Need to Know: 2020 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 12-15, 2020!

Though promoters have insisted that the 2020 Australian Grand Prix will take place as planned, it’s important to note that – due to the outbreak of coronavirus – there are presently restrictions in place for people travelling to the country from China and Iran. Up to date advice from the Australian government can be found here

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.

This year marks the 25th Formula 1 race to have been held at Albert Park. There’s a definite buzz around Melbourne’s 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 Off-Track Activities.

There are hotels to suit a wide range of budgets in Melbourne. If you’re still looking for a place to stay, check out our accommodation guide. Wherever you’re staying, be it in the city centre or the beachside suburb of St Kilda, the circuit is linked by reliable and affordable public transport.  Don’t forget, trams in the city are free for F1 fans on Grand Prix weekend. (A planned tram strike on 2020 Australian Grand Prix weekend has also been called off.)

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

The Australian Grand Prix is usually one of the top three best-attended races of the year. Last year, a record-breaking 324,000 fans flocked 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 relatively cheap to attend, with the event being in the top eight 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!

Last year, General Admission tickets for the Australian Grand Prix were renamed ‘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 new S5000 championship will be on the support bill for the first time. Former F1 stars Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella will be competing in the category over the race weekend.  You can find all the vital information about watching the race at Albert Park, including session times, on our Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix may not be renowned for producing overtake-filled thrillers, 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 eight 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 2020. Add to that Melbourne’s accommodating nature plus the party atmosphere of the first race of the year and you’re all set for an unforgettable weekend.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Away from the race track, there’s plenty going on over Grand Prix week in Melbourne. On March 14, Melbourne City take on Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park. Elsewhere, the Brunswick Music Festival will be in full swing over the race weekend. If you’re looking for more live music, Robbie Williams will take to the stage at Lakeside Stadium on March 14. Miley Cyrus had been scheduled to headline a special Bushfire Relief charity concert on March 13, but her appearance has been cancelled over coronavirus fears. 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 are considering attending next year, here are five reasons why you should make the trip to Albert Park!

Any questions about the 2020 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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