An estimated figure of 84,500 fans streamed through the Albert Park gates on a fabulous Friday at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019.
Glorious weather and thrilling on-track action provided the perfect formula for organisers as the previous Friday estimated crowd record at the Australian Grand Prix was smashed by more than 10,000.
Those fans in attendance watched on as star drivers Lewis Hamilton and Scott McLaughlin flexed their muscle in Formula 1® and Supercars respectively.
Reigning world champion Hamilton was fastest in both free practice sessions while McLaughlin made it three wins from three in this year’s Australia Supercars Championship with another terrific drive.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said that Albert Park precinct “came alive” on Friday and that similarly big crowds were on the cards for Saturday and Sunday’s sessions.
“Albert Park came alive today with the roar of Formula 1® firing up the circuit that saw our strongest ever Friday crowd revelling in the action,” Westacott said.
“The hype and buzz around this year’s event is something else and with great weather predicted across the weekend, we’re on track for more bumper crowds.
“As the Formula 1® season opener gets set for qualifying tomorrow, fans saw their first glimpse of Daniel Ricciardo in yellow and black and the atmosphere was electric.
“A world of action awaits for the weekend.”
Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.