- Australian GP staying in Melbourne until 2035 after signing new ten-year deal
- F2 and F3 to debut down under next season
The 2023 edition of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix will take place from 30th March to 2nd April.
This will make the race the third event on next season’s calendar, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia expected to kick off the campaign for the second year running.
Formula Two and Formula Three have been confirmed as support categories, making their debuts down under.
In June, Melbourne’s Albert Park agreed an extension with the global motorsport series until 2035.
The event’s last deal was reportedly worth US$35 million a race, so it is expected that Formula One’s owner Liberty Media has secured a higher annual rate.
As part of this new agreement, the Australian Grand Prix is guaranteed five season-opening races, with 2024 and 2025 confirmed so far.
“One of the things that happens is that, it’s difficult enough [for us] to juggle four days of activity at Albert Park; Formula One has to juggle 23 races on a calendar,” Andrew Westacott, chief executive of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC), told Motorsport.com.
“At the start of the season, taking into account Ramadan, taking into account Easter, taking into account other scheduling constraints, five races to headline the start of the season in Melbourne is a great result. And that’s the guaranteed minimum.
“What we’re going to find is that, over the course of time, we’re going to be either race one, race two or race three, very early in the season.
“It’s a great outcome. We saw 419,000 people here as the estimated attendance for 2022. We see that continuing.”