Melbourne plays host to opening round of 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship

Melbourne will play host to the opening round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on Sunday 25 March, 2018 at the iconic Albert Park Circuit.
 
The 2018 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX event dates are 22 - 25 March, 2018.

The calendar for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship™ has been approved overnight during a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, whereby an agreement was reached to finalise next season’s calendar, allowing promotors to engage earlier with relevant stakeholders.

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said there’s nothing quite like the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and the buzz it creates around the State.

"With dates locked in, we look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors to the sporting capital, as the eyes of the world turn to Melbourne once again,” Minister John Eren said.

"Fans who attend next year's Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will also watch some of the best Supercars drivers race for Championship points for the first time in history at Albert Park."

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, is pleased to kick-start the racing season in Melbourne.

"We are thrilled to receive emphatic confirmation by Formula One Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey and Jean Todt, President of the FIA, that Melbourne will again host the coveted first race of the FIA Formula One World Championship season. We look forward to raising the curtain on what's expected to be another spectacular year of racing in 2018," said Westacott.

"We are incredibly proud of the world-leading event we put on in Melbourne and believe we have a responsibility to set a significant benchmark for the remainder of the racing season.”

“Hosting the best possible event for drivers, teams and fans alike is something we strive to achieve year after year while still continuously raising the bar in the quality of our offering."

"The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix is the jewel in Victoria's sporting events crown and the benefits to the State is undeniable."

The 2018 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix also marks the first time in history that fans will be able to enjoy and experience a Supercars Championship round as part of the event’s on-track race program.

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