Action packed Albert Park
Wednesday 12 February, 2020
It's going to be huge weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.
The schedule for the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 has been released with a busy four days at the Albert Park street circuit on 12-15 March confirmed to take place.
Outside of the race celebrating its special 25th anniversary in Melbourne this year, it will be business as usual for Formula 1 with the anticipated new season to hold three practice sessions, one qualifying session and the official 58-lap race around the scenic street circuit.
Like previous years, Formula 1 teams and drivers’ first track activity won’t be until the Friday with two practice sessions. Saturday will see the category undergo a final practice before the one-hour qualifying session sets up Sunday afternoon’s race.
As for the support categories, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup both return to the event holding their second rounds for the 2020 season.
Supercars will run their usual four qualifying sessions and four races during the Tyrepower Melbourne 400, with one on Friday, two on Saturday and the final race on Sunday afternoon before the Formula 1 race begins at 4:10pm AEST.
As for the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup, it will enjoy a 45 minute endurance race on Thursday before its traditional three sprint races, giving the popular one-make series the most track time its ever had during its 16-year tenure at the Australian Grand Prix.
Joining the two regular categories on this year’s supporting bill will be S5000 Australia and the carsales TCR Asia Pacific Cup – set to feature many of the Australian series regulars.
Over the course of the weekend, the TCR Asia Pacific Cup will run three races on Friday to Sunday. While S5000 will stick with its 2019 format of two practice sessions, two qualifying races and one main feature race to take place on Sunday morning.
Outside of the five racing categories, the track will also play host to a number of activations including Paddock Club Pit Lane walks, demonstration laps, speed comparisons and parades.