Labor Government Welcomes Grand Prix Date Change

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed changes to the 2016 Formula 1® calendar announced overnight by the World Motor Sport Council.

The updated provisional calendar now lists the Melbourne event for March 17 – 20, two weeks earlier than first planned. The date change means the internationally renowned event will pose less of a disruption to local sporting clubs.

The date change still leaves the race as the first of the Formula 1® calendar.

The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is one of the world’s most high profile sporting events. Thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Victoria to see the race for themselves, and many millions more tune in around the globe.

For more information about the date change, including information for current ticketholders, visitwww.grandprix.com.au.

Ticketholders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets, but if the new date isn’t suitable, a full refund will be provided.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“We’re pleased by the revised date. It will mean local clubs in Albert Park are less affected than what they otherwise may have been during the sporting season.”

“We encourage fans to hold on to their tickets, but if the new date isn’t suitable, a full refund will be provided.”

“The Australian Grand Prix attracts visitors to Victoria from all over the globe. Having the first race of the Formula 1® calendar shows we have the best of everything.”

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