Thursday at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020

Fans will flock to the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the first day of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 on Thursday.

A host of on-track and off-track activity will excite fans in Melbourne, headlined by a much-anticipated Supercars session.

Heading to the track on Thursday? Here’s everything you need to know …

On track

A Formula SAE Demonstration at 9.35am* begins proceedings before practice sessions in the VHT Australian S5000 Championship, carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup, Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia take place.

These sessions will provide drivers with a valuable opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Albert Park track.

Additional practice sessions in the Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 and carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup follow, before the first qualifying session of the day begins at 3.10pm in the VHT Australian S5000 Championship, with ex-Formula 1® drivers Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella set to feature.

Qualifying in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (3.40pm) is followed by a qualifying session for Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 Race 1 (4.10pm) and Race 2 (at 4.30pm).

The qualifying action continues in the carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup at 4.50pm before the first race of the weekend starts at 5.20pm in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. Gates close at 8pm.

The music

Check out performances from Andrew Loadsman (11am-2pm), Haybax (2pm-4pm) and the Brihony Dawson Band (4pm-7pm) at the AusGP Sessions presented by FOX FM stage, located at M-Lane.

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 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.

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.

*All times are in AEDT.

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