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History of Australian Grand Prix


A four-day festival of speed, thrills and glamor- Australian Grand Prix is an official part of the annual Formula One championship season in Australia. A mega event of four days tenure, it comprises a wide range of entertainment including V8 Supercaps, V8 Utes, Qantas Jet Flyover and a BMW Celebrity Challenge. But if you take a peek in the History of Australian Grand Prix, you will find, the country became a part of this adrenalin-surging F1 World Championship only in 1985.

Every year during the early march or so, the leafy avenues of Albert Park in Melbourne get ready to host the event and the dusty, rugged roads ahead charge up to give the world's greatest drivers the toughest challenge of their life. But Australian Grand Prix Info tells that Albert Park started to play the venue from 1993 onwards, before which the Adelaide roads used to feature on the headlines as the notorious street circuit. It was actually, the prominent Melbourne businessman Mr Ron Walker AC CBE, the current Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix, who played the lead catalyst in 1993 in making Melbourne the host of the event.

Let us walk back in time and find out what is the Origin of Australian Grand Prix. Going by the History of Australian Formula-1 Championship, the event used to be held in not so gala way in various venues of Australia ever since 1928, before becoming a part of the Championship later. It actually replaced the Portugese Grand Prix and began taking place in Adelaide.

The Journey of Australian Grand Prix since its genesis till date has been quite an eventful one. The History of Australian Grand Prix features some legendary names that have propelled the event to a different level altogether. Michael Schumacher and McLaren have been the most successful drivers in the History of Australian Formula-1 Racing. Some other names that have been adding glory to the Australian Grand Prix History over the recent few years are:

  • David Coulthard
  • Rubens Barrichello
  • Giancarlo Fisichella
Some of the notable years in the Australian Grand Prix History and the corresponding winners include:
  • 1986- Alain Prost
  • 1994- The sister Williams of Nigel Mansell
  • 2001- Michael Schumacher
  • 2002- Michael Schumacher
  • 2006- Spain's Fernando Alonso
  • 2007- Kimi Räikkönen
Some of the renowned sponsors of the event till date include:
  • Mitsubishi
  • Qantas
  • Transurban
  • EDS
  • Fosters
In November 2006 ING has been selected the naming rights sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix in a three-year deal.

Some of the winning Formula One car Constructors are:
  • Ferrari
  • Renault
  • McLaren-Mercedes
  • Benetton-Ford
So, with all the right dosage of History of Australian Grand Prix in your grab get ready to hit the track.

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