Formula 1 returns to Albert Park in Melbourne, where the 2022 Australian Grand Prix will take place after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
The dramatic cancellation of the 2020 edition followed by the ongoing global pandemic situation in 2021 has created a frustrating few years for Grand Prix officials.
This long wait – along with the sport’s newfound popularity thanks to the Netflix series ‘Drive To Survive’ – has made the Australian Grand Prix a highly anticipated event for fans.
When is the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?
The 2022 F1 Australian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from April 8-10 this year.
As it stands, the three-day schedule is as follows (all times are in AEDT):
Friday, April 8: Training 1 (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.), Training 2 (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Saturday April 9: Practice 3 (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.), Qualifying (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Sunday April 10: Race (3:00 p.m.)
Where is the 2022 Australian Grand Prix?
The race will again take place at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne.
Adelaide Street Circuit first hosted the Australian Grand Prix for 11 years from 1985, with Albert Park taking over in 1996.
The circuit has an agreement with the FIA to host the race until 2025.
How to watch the 2022 Australian Grand Prix
Listed on the Australian Government’s anti-siphoning list, the Australian Grand Prix will be broadcast live on free-to-air television.
Channel 10 is currently showing highlights from every Grand Prix and is set to show all the action from Albert Park in 2022.
Fox Sports and Kayo – which broadcast all the races live throughout the season – will also broadcast the race.
2022 Australian Grand Prix Tickets
Most tickets are now sold out for the Australian Grand Prix, with 130,000 fans expected in Albert Park for race day on Sunday.
The first batch of pre-sale tickets went on sale in November and all the first grandstand seats were sold out.
Due to increased demand, five new grandstands were made available, all of which sold out within a day of release.
There are still a limited number of park passes and grandstand tickets available for Friday and Saturday, which can be purchased through this link.
COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine rules
Typically the opening race of the season, the 2022 edition has been pushed back to April to allow for the easing of restrictions in the state, as well as to ensure higher vaccination rates in Victoria and Australia.
Specific precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing will likely be addressed closer to the Grand Prix, however, these restrictions are not currently in place in Victoria.
What changes have been made to the track?
The Albert Park circuit has undergone some renovations ahead of this year’s Grand Prix.
To allow for more overtaking opportunities and promote faster, more competitive racing, seven corners have been adjusted, two of which have been removed entirely.
A new DRS zone will potentially be implemented, following the removal of the chicane at turns 9 and 10.
The adjustments also mean that the circuit will be five seconds faster than the last edition.
Map of Albert Park
The Albert Park circuit comprises five main enclosures, with a variety of hospitality and entertainment options available for fans.
You can download a PDF of the sitemap here.
Driver line-up for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix
|mercedes||Lewis Hamilton and George Russel|
|Red Bull||Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez|
|Ferrari||Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz|
|McLaren||Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo|
|Aston Martin||Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll|
|Alpha Tauri||Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda|
|Alpine||Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon|
|Alfa Romeo||Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou|
|williams||Nicholas Latifi & Alex Albon|
|Haas||Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen|