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Sunday, June 26, 2022

F1 puts Australian GP on calendar until 2035

Formula One on Thursday announced a 10-year contract extension with the Australian Grand Prix to continue racing in Melbourne until 2035.

The new deal also sees Formula 2, Formula 3 and the Secondary Series race at the circuit for the first time from next year. The organizers also promised improvements to the paddock and pits.

“The Australian Grand Prix has never been bigger for this year’s race than it has ever been with more than 419,000 people at Albert Park,” said Victoria State Government’s Minister of Tourism, Sport and Large-Scale Events. Martin Pakula said.

“We know how important this event is to our economy and that is why we have given the longest extension to the race in Melbourne.”

Albert Park has hosted 25 F1 races since 1996, but has not held the 2020 and 2021 events due to the pandemic. F1’s return in April drew the largest three-day crowds for any weekend sporting event in Australian history.

“Race has always been a favorite of fans, drivers and teams, and Melbourne is a vibrant and incredible international city, perfect for our sport,” said F1 president Stefano Domenicali.

“This year we saw huge crowds and enthusiastic fans at the Grand Prix, and we are excited for Australia’s future as our sport continues to grow.”

F1 added Las Vegas in 2023, as well as Qatar, which debuted on the calendar last year but will take a break because of the World Cup. Domenicali traveled to South Africa this week to meet with representatives of the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg to add the race to the 2023 calendar.

The last time South Africa hosted F1 was in 1993. Africa is the only continent other than Antarctica that does not have a race on the current calendar.

F1 wants to have 24 races in 2023.

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