November 6, 2011

2011 PGR F1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix

Round 01 | Albert Park Circuit | 31/10/2011 - 06/11/2011 |

The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a few kilometres south of central Melbourne. It is used as a racetrack for the Australian Grand Prix and associated support races. The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake, a small man-made lake just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. Compared to other circuits that are held on public roads, the Albert Park track has quite a smooth surface.

The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive, drivers having commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.

Exclusively for the Grand Prix, most of the trackside fencing, pedestrian overpasses, grandstands and other motorsport infrastructure are erected approximately a month prior to the Grand Prix weekend and removed within 6 weeks after the event. Land around the circuit, including a large aquatic centre, a golf course, Lakeside Stadium, some restaurants and rowing boathouses, has restricted access during the Grand Prix weekend.

Dissent is still prevalent among nearby local residents and some still maintain a silent protest against the event. Nevertheless, the event is reasonably popular in Melbourne and Australia.