Albert Park retains pole position for 25th Formula 1® race in Melbourne

Racing Grid at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The opening round of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship™ is set to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne on Sunday 15 March 2020*.

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, will be the Title Sponsor of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, which marks the eighth consecutive year Rolex has supported the event as a Title Sponsor.  

The Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 event dates are 12-15 March 2020*, which are set to be formally ratified by the FIA at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council later this year.

2020 marks the 25th running of the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, which has hosted the event at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit every year since 1996.

Like this year’s event, the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 will run on the weekend following the Labour Day long weekend in Victoria, which is also the weekend before the start of the AFL season. 

Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1® said:

“We are pleased to announce that, as has been the case for many years now, the next FIA Formula One World Championship™ season will get underway in Melbourne. The Albert Park circuit is one of the most popular venues on the calendar, much appreciated by everyone who works in Formula 1®. The enthusiastic reception from the Australian fans makes this round really unique and special.

"There can be no better place to start the 2020 season, which will be significant as the sport will celebrate its 70th anniversary. We are also pleased that Rolex, who have been one of our Global Partners for many years, will continue to be the title sponsor of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.”

Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Adem Somyurek said the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix delivered enormous benefits to Victoria by promoting Melbourne to the world and generating local jobs.

“Melbourne is the sports and major events capital of Australia and proud home of the Grand Prix for 25 years,’’ Mr Somyurek said.

“The four days at Albert Park drew 324,100 people through the gates in March, up 10 per cent on 2018.

“It’s fantastic that we will once again take pole position in 2020.”

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, is excited that next year’s season-opener will be the 25th Formula 1® race in Melbourne.

“Hosting Melbourne’s twenty-fifth Formula 1® race conjures excitement and interest, and as they said back in 1996, ‘Melbourne – what a great place for the race!’,” Westacott said.

“We’ve got the largest on-track program of any Formula 1® event in the world and combined with the amount and quality of off-track entertainment, there’s something for all and it’s an event that simply must be experienced.

“The date confirmation provides the opportunity for interstate and overseas visitors to plan a lengthy stay in Victoria.”

Rolex SA Communication & Image Director, Mr Arnaud Boetsch, said:

“The Rolex Australian Grand Prix is always eagerly anticipated, marking the start of another exciting Formula 1® season. This is the pinnacle of motor sport, where success is built on cutting-edge technology, skill and teamwork. Rolex is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection in everything it does and we are delighted to enter our eighth year as Title Sponsor of this season-opening race in Melbourne."

Corporate hospitality tickets for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 will be on sale from Tuesday, 9 July, with Grandstand seats on sale soon.

To register your interest for Grandstand Tickets, please click here.

*Subject to final FIA approval.

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