|Melbourne Grand Prix
220 Albert Road
|Melbourne's Albert Park
circuit launched itself into the Formula One conciousness
in 1996 by starting the season in spectacular style. On
his first competitive outing in an F1 car, Jacques
Villeneuve stormed to pole position ahead of team-mate
Villeneuve then seemed to spend the rest of the race battling his Williams against that of Hill's. The two of them, driving equal cars on a circuit which neither of them had experienced before found themselves thrilling the world with the sort of close racing that brings fans to the sport. Villeneuve eventually succumbed when a forced error onto the grass damaged an oil line. He had to slow down, Hill took the win. Both drivers gained new fans, and the circuit drew fullsome praise for its combination of fast bends, challenging racing and easy spectating.
Colour coded shingle is a likeable eccentricity!
Race Day : March 9th 1997
Circuit Length: 5.369 kilometres/3.274 miles
GMT +10 hours
Practice: 11.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00