Motorsport

If you’re anywhere near Melbourne this weekend, you’ll hear the howls of race-bred engines coming from Albert Park. Here’s what’s happening on track right now.


After a two-year absence, Formula One is back in Melbourne, and ready to hit the redesigned Albert Park layout in anger. 

With all-new cars designed to promote closer racing, and a race track with wider corners and longer straights, this year’s Australia Formula One Grand Prix promises to be faster and even more exciting than ever before. 

The last time the F1 cars raced at Albert Park then-Mercedes-AMG driver Valterri Bottas comfortably beat teammate Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag, with arch rival Max Verstappen coming home third. 



Hometown hero Daniel Ricciardo started from 12th but suffered front wing damage on the starting straight after he was forced wide onto the grass and hit a culvert trying to overtake Sergio Perez.  

This year Valterri is in an Alfa Romeo, Daniel is in a McLaren and Lewis Hamilton is struggling to come to terms with his Mercedes. Who will win on Sunday is anybody’s guess, but we’re betting Ferrari’s Charles Le Clerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will have plenty to say in the matter.

What’s on at Albert Park…



Thursday 7 April – TODAY

  • 10:00 – Historic Demonstration (20min)
  • 10:30 – S5000, Practice 1 (25mins)
  • 11:05 – Supercars, Practice 1 (30min)
  • 11:45 – Porsche Carrera Cup, Practice 1 (20min)
  • 12:10 – RAAF Roulettes
  • 12:30 – Supercars, Practice 2 (30min)
  • 13:10 – S5000, Practice 2 (25min)
  • 13:55 – Ultimate Speed Comparison
  • 14:20 – Porsche Carrera Cup, Qualifying (20min)
  • 15:00 – Supercars, Qualifying (Race 1) (10min)
  • 15:20 – Supercars, Qualifying (Race 2) (10min)
  • 15:40 – Targa Florio Parade (15min)
  • 16:10 – Ultimate Speed Comparison
  • 16:40 – S5000, Qualifying (25min)
  • 18:30 – Gates Close

Friday 8 April

  • 09:10 – Targa Florio Parade (20min)
  • 09:15 – Gates Open
  • 09:40 – Supercars, Qualifying (Race 3) (10min)
  • 10:00 – Supercars, Qualifying (Race 4) (10min)
  • 10:20 – S5000, Race 1
  • 11:00 – Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 1
  • 12:00 – Historic Demonstration (20min)
  • 13:00 – Formula One, Practice 1 (60min)
  • 14:20 – Supercars, Race 1
  • 15:10 – Ultimate Speed Comparison
  • 16:00 – Formula One, Practice 2 (60min)
  • 17:15 – Carrera Cup, Race 2
  • 18:30 – Gates Close

Saturday, April 9

  • 09:30 – Gates Open
  • 10:25 – Supercars, Race 2
  • 11:20 – Targa Florio Parade (20min)
  • 12:00 – Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 3
  • 13:00 – Formula One, Practice 3
  • 14:20 – Supercars, Race 3
  • 15:30 – RAAF Aerial Display
  • 16:00 – Formula One, Qualifying (60min)
  • 17:15 – S5000, Race 2
  • 17:45 – Ultimate Speed Comparison
  • 18:30 – Gates Close

Sunday, April 10

  • 09:00 – Gates Open
  • 09:00 – Historic Demonstration (20min)
  • 09:30 – Ultimate Speed Comparison
  • 10:00 – Targa Florio Parade (15min)
  • 10:25 – S5000, Race 3
  • 11:05 – Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 4
  • 12:00 – Supercars, Race 4
  • 13:00 – Formula One, Drivers’ Parade (30min)
  • 14:10 – RAAF Aerial Display
  • 15:00 – Formula One Heineken® Australian Grand Prix
  • 18:30 – Gates Close

Glenn Butler

Glenn Butler is one of Australia’s best-known motoring journalists having spent the last 25 years reporting on cars on radio, TV, web and print. He’s a former editor of Wheels, Australia’s most respected car magazine, and was deputy editor of Drive.com.au before that. Glenn’s also worked at an executive level for two of Australia’s most prominent car companies, so he understands how much care and consideration goes into designing and developing new cars. As a journalist, he’s driven everything from Ferraris to Fiats on all continents except Antarctica (which he one day hopes to achieve) and loves discovering each car’s unique personality and strengths. Glenn knows a car’s price isn’t indicative of its competence, and even the cheapest car can enhance your life and expand your horizons. 

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