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General Information

EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

It’s easy to travel to the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix on Melbourne’s public transport network with trains, trams and buses providing frequent services. For up to the minute train, tram and bus information visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007.

If using any other public transport service besides the free shuttle trams, patrons must buy a valid ticket for travel. Tickets are available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, Premium Stations, retail outlets and ticket machines at train stations.

Trains

Metropolitan

Use metropolitan or regional train services to Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations to catch one of the free shuttle trams running direct to the circuit. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website: www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more maps and timetables.

Note: normal train fares apply on all metro train services.

  • Thursday & Friday: Peak Hours: 7am-9am, 4pm-7pm 5-10 minute intervals (most trains)
  • Thursday & Friday: Off-peak: 15-30 minute intervals
  • Saturday & Sunday: 20 minute service on most lines (40 minute frequency on a few outer suburban services).

Regional

For maps and timetables please call 1800 800 007 or visit VLine's website: www.vline.com.au for more information.

Note: normal train fares apply on all regional train services.

Trams

Free trams for Grand Prix ticket holders operate from Swanston Street and Spencer Street on all four days of the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. There are three different tram routes servicing all gates at the circuit.

Light Rail GP Express
Spencer Street (Cnr Collins Street) to Gates 1 & 2

  • Thursday: Trams will run as per usual schedule.
  • Friday: Peak Times: 2-3 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Peak Times: 1-2 minute intervals.

Clarendon Street GP Express
Spencer Street (Cnr Collins Street) to Gates 3 & 4

  • Thursday: Trams will run as per usual schedule.
  • Friday: Peak Times: 2-3 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 2-4 minute intervals.

St Kilda Road GP Shuttle
Swanston Street (outside Federation Square) to Gates 5, 8, 9, & 10

  • Thursday: Trams will run as per usual schedule.
  • Friday: Peak Times: 2-3 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Peak Times: 1 minute intervals.

NOTE: Normal tram fares apply on other tram routes that operate past the Circuit. The Light Rail GP Express will not stop in both directions between Spencer Street and the Circuit on Saturday and Sunday. (NB: This includes the stop at Crown Casino). The Clarendon Street GP Express will stop along Clarendon st at stops 126,127,128,129,130 and 130A on Saturday and Sunday.

Bus

Metropolitan Bus Service

Some bus services will take you to bus stops close to the Circuit, whilst other services will take you to the City, where you can catch the tram services to the Circuit (free tram for GP ticket holders).

If using any other public transport service besides the free shuttle trams, patrons must buy a valid ticket for travel.

For more maps and timetables visit the Public Transport Victoria website: www.ptv.vic.gov.au

Grand Prix Bus Services

Crown Casino Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus will operate between Crown Casino (Clarendon Street entrance) and Gate 1 at peak times during the morning and afternoon.

To Albert Park

  • • Saturday & Sunday departing Crown 9:00am then every 10 minutes until last at 2:30PM

From Albert Park

  • • Saturday & Sunday departing Gate 1 6:00pm then every 10 minutes until last at 8:30pm

Arts Centre Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus will operate between Gate 1 and the Arts Centre during the following times on each day of the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Tickets cost $5 per person.

Date (March)Start TimeFinish Time
Fri 14th1700hrs2100hrs
Sat 15th1700hrs2100hrs
Sun 16th1700hrs2100hrs

Car

The best thing to do is leave the car at home!

Park in one of the 70,000 car spaces in the City and catch the FREE GP EXPRESS TRAM SERVICES to the Circuit.

NO PUBLIC PARKING AT THE CIRCUIT.

Restricted Parking
Grand Prix Patrons (non residents) will NOT be permitted to park close to Albert Park. Special Permits will be required to enter selected residential areas near the Grand Prix Circuit. ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES WILL BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY FINES AND/OR TOWAWAYS. Access will be maintained to local shops and businesses. Businesses will be trading as usual for the four days of the event.

Taxi

DROP OFF & PICK UP: Gates 1, 2, 4, 8 (taxi rank on St Kilda Road) & 10. For further information please visit victaxi.com.au

Limousine

Designated bays are provided for limousines in each of the taxi ranks above except at Gate 1 where a specific rank is provided.

Helicopter

Travel to the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix by helicopter! For charter prices please call Professional Helicopter Services on (03) 9580 7433.

Private helicopters can land at the Grand Prix at the Helipad adjacent to Gate 10. Landing fees apply and registration/insurance declaration forms must be completed and submitted to Professional Helicopter Services.

Click here to download the forms.

Disability Services

People with a disability may catch a train to Southern Cross Station (Spencer Street) or park in the car parks in the City and catch a FREE wheelchair accessible bus from Southern Cross Station (Spencer Street/Collins Street extension entrance) to the Circuit.

Patrons will be dropped off at the gate of their choice (except Gate 8) and can link up with the FREE internal disability Shuttle Service.

For further information on the Southern Cross shuttle, please phone Transdev (03) 9362 8600.

The free internal shuttle service operates on all days of the event. For bookings phone Wheelaway on 1800 133 320.

For more information on Disability Services please click here.

Download the 2014 Circuit Map

Gate Information

  • Circuit entry gates will open at 10.30am on all four days of the Grand Prix.
  • On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event, all circuit gates will close at 8pm, following the conclusion of track activity at 7pm.
  • There will be bag checks at each gate, please have your bags ready.
  • Gate 8 is NOT wheelchair accessible

Gate Entry

Gate 1 - Canterbury Road, Middle Park

Corporate, Grandstand ticketholders only

  • Overpass to infield
  • Taxi Rank
  • Light Rail GP Express Stop
  • Access to Fangio, Brabham, Webber, Senna Grandstands
  • GP Advantage Bar
  • General admission ticket holders are not permitted access at Gate 1

Gate 2 - Canterbury Road, Albert Park

  • Light Rail GP Express Stop
  • Taxi Rank
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Corporate Facilities
  • Overpass to Infield
  • Accessible Viewing Platform
  • Access to World Champion Grandstand

Gate 3 - MSAC, Albert Road

  • Clarendon St GP Express Tram Stop
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Corporate Facilities
  • Access to Piquet Grandstand

Gate 4 - Albert Rd, Moray St intersection

  • Taxi Rank
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Overpass to Infield
  • Accessible Viewing Platform
  • Corporate Facilities

Gate 5 - Albert Rd, Kings Way intersection

  • St Kilda Rd GP Express Tram Stop (Domain Interchange)
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Clark Grandstand

Gate 8 - Queens Rd, Roy St intersection

  • St Kilda Rd GP Express Tram Stop
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Taxi Rank (on St Kilda Rd)
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Brocky’s Hill
  • Clark & Waite Grandstands
  • Access via overpass (not wheelchair accessible)

Gate 9 - Queens Rd, Lorne St intersection

  • St Kilda Rd GP Express Tram Stop
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Waite Grandstand
  • Corporate Facilities
  • Accessible Viewing Platform
  • Brocky’s Hill
  • Kids’ Corner

Gate 10 - Fitzroy St

  • Designated Taxi Rank (on Fitzroy Street)
  • St Kilda Rd GP Express Tram Stop
  • Access to General Admission Areas
  • Schumacher, Prost & Senna Grandstands
  • Corporate Facilities
  • Access to GA Premium Zone
  • Overpass to Infield

20 years of F1

1996

Jacques Villeneuve dominates on debut before an oil leak forces him to let teammate Damon Hill through late in the race. His performance is overshadowed by a huge opening lap crash involving Martin Brundle.

20 years of F1

1997

David Coulthard wins his first Australian Grand Prix in a race of attrition. It’s also the first race victory for McLaren since the late Ayrton Senna won the 1993 Formula 1® Foster’s Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

20 years of F1

1998

Mika Häkkinen leads for McLaren before mishearing a radio call and heading to the pits, losing the race lead in the process. Controversy erupts when teammate David Coulthard honours a pre-race agreement and lets Häkkinen through for victory with only a handful of laps remaining.

20 years of F1

1999

McLaren duo Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard dominate the weekend, but both fail to make the chequered flag in the race with mechanical issues. Eddie Irvine inherits the lead and takes Ferrari’s first Australian Grand Prix victory in Melbourne.

20 years of F1

2000

For the second year in a row both McLarens retire from the lead of the race promoting a Ferrari into first place. Michael Schumacher cruises to victory using a one-stop strategy, finishing ahead of new teammate Rubens Barrichello.

20 years of F1

2001

Michael Schumacher takes his second Australian Grand Prix victory in a row, despite a spectacular practice rollover. An accident involving Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher ends the race on a sombre note with the news that marshal Graham Beveridge has been killed.

20 years of F1

2002

It’s a hat-trick of victories for Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, but Aussie Mark Webber steals the show taking fifth for the under-funded Minardi outfit on debut. A big crash at the start eliminates eight cars with Ralf Schumacher flying over the top of Rubens Barrichello.

20 years of F1

2003

David Coulthard takes his second Australian Grand Prix victory when Juan-Pablo Montoya spins while leading comfortably just eight laps from the finish. The race would be Coulthard’s final F1 victory.

20 years of F1

2004

Michael Schumacher returns to the top step of the podium taking a dominant victory over teammate Rubens Barrichello with Ferrari proving they are a step ahead of the competition.

20 years of F1

2005

Rain in qualifying sets the tone for the race with the favourites forced to start from well down the grid. Giancarlo Fisichella takes pole and wins easily, while Mark Webber equals his best Australian Grand Prix finish, taking fifth for Williams.

20 years of F1

2006

An action packed race sees Fernando Alonso take victory for Renault, beating home Kimi Räikkönen. Mark Webber leads the race for Williams momentarily before retiring with mechanical issues.

20 years of F1

2007

Kimi Räikkönen wins on debut for Ferrari, the first driver to do so since Nigel Mansell in 1989, and shares the podium with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

20 years of F1

2008

Lewis Hamilton wins comfortably from BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld, but the race is remembered for multiple incidents and retirements that sees only seven cars finish. Rubens Barrichello is later disqualified leaving just six classified finishers.

20 years of F1

2009

Huge technical changes cause a shake-up to the F1 pecking order with former Honda team, now named Brawn GP, setting the pace. Jenson Button dominates the weekend taking pole position and leading home teammate Rubens Barrichello in the race.

20 years of F1

2010

Mark Webber qualifies on the front row for the first time in Australia, lining up alongside teammate Sebastian Vettel. A wet start and drying track allows Jenson Button to gamble on strategy and take victory after a retirement from Vettel at mid-race distance.

20 years of F1

2011

Sebastian Vettel dominates from start to finish, taking Red Bull Racing’s first Australian Grand Prix victory, leading home Lewis Hamilton and Vitaly Petrov. The return of Pirelli as F1 tyre supplier is a talking point with drivers using many different strategies during the race as tyres quickly deteriorate.

20 years of F1

2012

Jenson Button takes his third victory in four years with World Champion Sebastian Vettel in second despite a poor qualifying effort. Mark Webber records his best finish at the event with fourth, narrowly missing the podium, while young Aussie Daniel Ricciardo scores points in his first Australian Grand Prix by finishing eighth.

20 years of F1

2013

Red Bull Racing dominates qualifying with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position, but the race is a different story. Kimi Räikkönen’s Lotus is kind on its tyres and allows him to make one less pitstop than rivals Fernando Alonso and Vettel to take an easy victory.

20 years of F1

2014

Nico Rosberg takes a dominant victory for Mercedes in the new Formula One turbo era, but Australian Daniel Ricciardo shines with second on debut for Red Bull Racing. The Aussie is later controversially disqualified for a fuel flow irregularity.

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