The Melbourne, Australia, Grand Prix Circuit Map
Albert Park and Lake is located in the city of Port Philip, Victoria, Australia, (a local Government Area in Victoria) which happens to be 3km south of Melbourne CBD (Central Business District). It has 2.25km (225ha; 560acres) of parkland including Albert Park Lake (0.49sq km, 49ha, 120acres) and provides numerous ovals, sporting facilities, the Albert Park Public Golf Course, a 5km walking track around the lake, and the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Albert Park and Lake is bordered by Albert, Queens Road, Fitzroy Street and Canterbury Road. The suburb area which surrounds the said location includes Albert Park, Middle Park, St Kilda, Melbourne and South Melbourne while the Albert Park Lake is a man-made lake just south of the Melbourne CBD.
The Australian Grand Prix circuit map is a street circuit – this means that it’s a racing circuit composed by temporarily closed-off public roads of a city, town, or village, used in motor races. The said circuit is used annually for the Australian Grand Prix and associated support races which originated since 20th of November 1953. The said track was re-opened last 07th of March 1996.
Prior to the inaugural event in 1996, the said circuit’s road sections that are used were rebuilt – this is to ensure the consistency and smoothness of the roads on the tracks. As a result, and if we compare it to the other circuits that are held on public roads, the Albert Park track has a quite smooth surface.
Majority of the Formula One drivers admits that the Albert Park track is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive as the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. Although, the only challenge for most of them is 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.
The circuit’s length is 5.303km (3.295mi), 16 turns, race laps: 58, race distance: 307.574km (191.118miles). Compared to the original circuit, where the circuit’s length is 5.027km (3.124mi), and 9 turns.
Michael Schumacher (a retired German Formula One racing driver, and is the seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time – and became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes in 2002) holds the Lap record (Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix) set during the said Grand Prix with a record of 1’24.125 (226.934 kph) in 2004.
Sebastian Vettel (a German Formula One racing driver, currently under team Red Bull Racing and the current World Champion, where he won the championships for 2010, 2011 and 2012) on the other hand holds the fastest lap 1’23.529 (228.553 kph) in 2011.
Kamui Kobayashi (a Japanese racing driver who happens to be a part of Toyota in the final two races of 2009 replacing the injured Timo Glock in a crash during qualification for the Japanese Grand Prix. Since 2010 season, Kobayashi has been driving for Sauber but will eventually leave the team for 2013 to be replaced by Esteban Gutierrez) holds the Maximum Speed of 314.2 kph (195.235 mph) in 2011.
Now that we’re able to determine the specifications of the Albert Park Circuit and were able to identify the record holders, will there be any changes for this year’s competition? Let’s all stay tuned for that!