Friday at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020

The cars of Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel will hit the track for the first time at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 on Friday.

The Formula 1® season will officially begin as the world’s best drivers take part in two practice sessions to familiarise themselves with the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

The Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 continues with two more practice sessions before Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Shane van Gisbergen starts from pole in Race 1 on Friday evening.

Cameron Hill will be out to make it two wins from two in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Garth Tander and James Golding will hope to convert qualifying form into race wins in the carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup and VHT Australian S5000 Championship respectively on a big day of action.

On the track

Gates open at 8.45am* and the action begins with a Shannons Historics demonstration at 9.10am.

Tander’s bid for glory in the carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup follows at 9.40am, and then it is Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 time, as qualifying for Race 3 and Race 4 begins at 10.10am.

Ex-F1® drivers Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella will race at 10.50am in Race 1 of the VHT Australian S5000 Championship, with Barrichello starting from 14th on the grid after a qualifying spin, before the Formula 1® practice session begins at 12.00pm.

The Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 races kick off with Race 1 at 1.50pm and then it is time for Race 2 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (2.55pm).

A second Formula 1® practice session rounds out the day and runs from 4pm-5.30pm, with gates closing at 8pm.

The music

Located in M-Lane, a nod to Melbourne’s world-famous laneways, the AusGP Sessions presented by FOX FM Stage will be a hive of activity.

Kiki will get the party started at 11am, with RNB Friday Club DJs (1.30pm-3.30pm) and DJ Kitty Kat (3.30pm-4pm) to follow.

Then it is DJ Chloe Wilson’s turn (4pm-5.30pm), before the Melbourne Superband (5.30pm-6.30pm) take over and DJ Tigerlily (live, 6.30pm-7.30pm) brings things home.

What to eat and drink

A host of mouth-watering food and refreshing beverages are available at the track. Visit this link to find out more.

What to see

Test your gaming skills at the E-Grand Prix or check out the GOAT Virtual Reality advanced simulators at the Versor Innovation & Tech Hub. There are also workshops, a series of challenges and talks at the Versor Innovation & Tech Hub - find out more details here.

Fans can also visit F1® Central for a host of must-see activations or Beaurepaires Supercars Central to use the simulators.

Kids' Corner has a host of activities for children, while there are a series of classic cars on show at the Automotive Avenue Car Club displays. More activations are on display at Legends Lane, too.

Patrons can also celebrate the 25th race of Formula 1® in Melbourne at a series of a pop-ups and exhibitions, highlighted by The Sound Garage at M-Lane and the Laps In Time exhibition.

For more information, click here.

How to get around the track

Trying to navigate the circuit? Download your circuit map here.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) is committed to making the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 accessible for all. For the full accessibility guide, including details on a free accessible shuttle service, wheelchair hire and viewing platforms, click here.

How to get to Albert Park

It is important to note that there is no public parking at the circuit but tram services from the city to the circuit are FREE for Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 ticket holders.

You can also get to the track via Sky Bus, Uber and taxis, and the complete AusGP Transport Guide can be found here.

Health and Safety 

Your safety is important to us. The number of coronavirus cases in Australia remains low but the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) has been working closely with health authorities to take additional precautions. Further information on coronavirus for AusGP patrons is available here.

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