Are you going to the Australian Grand Prix?

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I’ve already seen in the comments to other articles that several of you are going to be in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. I’m very jealous of all of you!

If you’re going to be at Albert Park for this weekend’s F1 race, please leave a comment below and we’ll find out how many F1 Fanatic readers are going to be at the first race of the year.

If you’re going to be taking pictures or video and want to share them with F1 Fanatic readers you can upload them to the (newly upgraded) F1 Fanatic and we’ll see if we can get a gallery together.

And you can always join in the live blogs during the F1 sessions. You can find more details on them here and you should be able to view them on most Smartphones including the iPhone, as well as normal web browsers on computers.

If you’re been to the Australian Grand Prix before, please leave a comment about it here and share your experiences with other F1 fans: Albert Park, Melbourne – spectators’ experiences

The drivers are doing autograph sessions on Thursday – although it seems the McLaren drivers’ participation hasn’t been confirmed yet:

1130-1155 Williams – Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima
1200-1225 BMW – Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica
1230-1255 Force India – Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fischicella
1300-1325 Renault – Fernando Alonso and Nelsinho Piquet
1330-1355 Red Bull – Mark Webber and Sebatian Vettel
1430-1455 Ferrari – Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen
1500-1525 Brawn GP – Jenson Button and Rubens Barichello
1600-1625 Toro Rosso – Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais
1700-1725 Toyota – Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock

But even if you’re in Melbourne without tickets to the race you can still get a glimpse of the drivers at Federation Square tomorrow.


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34 comments on “Are you going to the Australian Grand Prix?”

  1. I’ll be there watching from the Schumacher Stand

    1. i want to know what’s the best time to get there on sunday??

  2. Mussolini's Pet Cat
    23rd March 2009, 22:00


  3. Yeah i am going to, just general admission though, but it still going to be awesome!

  4. I was going to go, but had to come home to England last week. I was very much looking forward to it, Albert Park and Melbourne are great! Have fun all that go!

  5. I wish I was going – an F1 race and The Who concert in one big awesome package. Alas – too far and too expensive for me to visit… God knows I was trying to figure out how much would it cost ;)

  6. I will be going on the weekend, though it looks more & more like Sunday will be a wet race; which is ok bc we’re in a drought. Better than the 40c we had last for last years race

    1. I’m going! I’m going GA so wondering where to go – I’ve heard turn 6 or 8 are the best. Cannot wait!

    2. In the fans’ guide Peter Anderson reckons turn five is the best spot:

      Turn 5 is the best General Admission spot money can buy but is in the sun all day as it faces north. 2008 was incredibly hot. There are trees in most GA areas but you need to be early to get on the concrete seating, people get there very early and stay put. Turn 5 has none of these concrete podiums.All of these corners are quite good for seeing the track. Turn 5 is a sweeping right hander that leads to 6 and if you stand on the fence you can see cars dicing for an opportune overtake at 6 (rare, but good all the same)

      Albert Park, Melbourne – spectators’ experiences

  7. Yeah I’m driving down on Wedsnesday from Sydney. This is the third year in a row for me. Watching from Turn 9 Clark stand. One of the best places to view from I reckon. Looking forward to this year more than ever.

  8. I will be there..going to Sidetrack as well –
    will be tweeting – @jeloz

  9. Going GA. Better than grandstands in Melbourne, I reckon. You can get REALLY close. Turn 6 and maybe turn 8 for me. Catch me at the James Boag bar for lunch. One of the few guys in Melbourne not wearing silver or red!

  10. Aaron Shearer
    24th March 2009, 0:15

    Keith you aren’t the only one that’s jealous. I wish I could be able to go to a Grand Prix this year, unfortunately my current financial situation isn’t great and the fact no one in the house likes to watch motor sport. Ah well there’s always Donnington next year.

    Good luck to anyone going to Melbourne. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your responses.

  11. I’ll be there!

    1. Where are you watching from Amy?

    2. Forgot to mention I’ll be watching from Fangio on Pit Straight. Sat there last year on race day and loved it so I’m there all weekend this time. Might wander around some GA areas on Friday morning though to get a look at some cornering action!

  12. I’ll be there too, Jones stand like last year.

    I agree with Dane that Sunday looks like it could be wet at some stage. Got to love Melbourne’s weather, but I’d much rather wet than crispy like last year…

    I’ll try to leave some comments also.

  13. I’ll be there, it’s sending me broke, but I’ll be there!

    1. That’s the spirit!

  14. pit straight on saturday quali and turn 1 /2 stand on race day…. looking forward to it

  15. Damn you lucky, lucky people – hope you all have a great time!

    I wonder is we could do some Google Maps-type thing to plot where all the F1 Fanatics will be watching the race from in Melbourne?

    Jeloz – will keep an eye out for your Tweets.

  16. Events today in Fed Square were good – Interviews with Klien, Webber and Glock. I’m in the process of putting the videos on youtube, and I’ll also be twittering the events of the weekend @amyfulton

  17. I’ll be there in the Waite grandstand on the fast chicane. i am going to be walking around getting plenty of photos and videos during practice sessions and in the grandstand for quali and race. can’t wait. thanks for the autograph times, the timetable from GP Advantage didn’t mention a thing about specifc times.

  18. I better dig out my umbrella too.

  19. i cant go because i live in da uk id rather it would be hot than cold haha id give enything to watch the race this weekend but hopefully i can get admission to silverstone grand prix later on this season ;)

  20. if only i was going :(

  21. You bet!!
    I was at turn 11 last year, retreating to the shade of the trees… well, beer tent when the mental heat got too much! Going to give turn 5 a crack having read Peter’s comments.

  22. I’ll be there, sitting in Senna (turn 16) as always. This will be my 8th GP at Albert Park. At least it won’t be 40 degrees every day like last year !

    I was at the track today for the GP advantage “Behind the Scenes” tour, where you can walk the pitlane and get a good squizz inside the garages. They also do interviews with a few drivers, and we heard from Kubica, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Nakajima, Fisi & Sutil. It’s really good because its just an informal interview done for trackside tv, so the drivers are pretty relaxed and have a bit of a joke around. It’s nice to see, rather than the bland PR-correct post race conferences we mostly get treated too.

    Peter Windsor was there too & says he already has the funds to race in 2010. He wouldn’t reveal too much, but it seems like USF1 is a goer for 2010.

    I also hear that Schuey will be in attendance this year, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for him !

  23. I will be there on saturday and sunday. I do not know yet where i will watch race but i try take some nice pictures from paddock.

  24. Flying in from Tasmania Saturday morning with my three boys and we’re getting along in time for Practice. Sitting in the Schumacher stand on turn 15 which should give us some action. My second race in Melbourne after last year and four Adelaide races back in the good ol’ days.

  25. Official weather forecast at:
    (looking veeeeery nice actually. Too bad it’s a twilight race).

  26. I’ll be there 8 or 9 years in a row now went wednesday to have a look got some photos as i walked pit lane it was a buz with the teams all preparing though some were actually medling with the whether anything productive i don’t know? will try to post them on here.
    i’ll be in the clark stan turn 9-10.
    Go RENAULT!!!

  27. Friday 27th March 2009

    12:30 – 14:00 Free practice 1 (01:30 – 03:00)
    16:30 – 18:00 Free practice 2 (05:30 – 19:30)

    Saturday 28th March 2009

    14:00 – 15:00 Free practice 3 (03:00 – 04:00)
    17:00 – 18:00 Qualifying (06:00 – 07:00)

    Friday 29th March 2009 —->>>>>> ISN’T IT SUNDAY?!?!?!

    17:00 Australian Grand Prix – 58 laps (07:00)

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