Melbourne will host the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix for another 10 years and the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships will race on the same program from 2023, the first time the second and third-tier categories will appear in Australia, subject to World Motor Sport Council approval.
The moves follow the Victorian Government’s announcement of an extension of rights to host the event until at least 2035.Motorsport Australia president, Andrew Fraser, said the news highlighted the strength of the event, the sport and those who made it possible.
“The return of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in 2022 was a sight to behold, as sold-out crowds enjoyed what was a sporting spectacle,” said Fraser.
“We congratulate both the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Victorian Government on this new contract extension and look forward to playing our role in delivering what is the best grand prix on the calendar.
“This news is a vote of confidence in the hard work of so many people, including the 1,000 plus officials who make this event possible each year. Our officials are the best in the world and their ongoing support, dedication and loyalty allow the enormous crowds to enjoy a safe and well organised event.
“We look forward to the event’s return in 2023 and can’t wait to see Melbourne host the best drivers in the world well into the future.”
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca echoed Fraser’s sentiments.
“This news highlights the strength of motorsport in Australia and the potential growth of our sport on the back of ongoing grands prix,” said Arocca.
“Each year we welcome our superb officials, competitors, motorsport lovers and sponsors who are proud to support motorsport in their home town and be part of this event which is the pinnacle for motorsport across the globe.
“And while it’s clearly important for the Victorian economy and Australia’s reputation on the sporting scene, it also has a massive trickle-down effect for the sport across the country.
“Seeing Daniel Ricciardo, Mark Webber – and soon Melbourne’s own Oscar Piastri – racing against the best-of-the-best, motorsport is the only show in town when the event comes to Albert Park. This is important for the growth of our sport as people get the opportunity to meet and see their heroes up close.”
FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships CEO, Bruno Michel, said the announcement shows the importance of the two categories to world motorsport.
“I am extremely happy to add Melbourne to both F2 and F3 calendars from 2023,” he said. “It further enhances the international aspect of both our championships, having them race on a new continent.
“It also shows that more and more circuits believe that F2 and F3 are an added value to the Formula 1 grand prix experience, showcasing the next generation of drivers.”
Two Australians compete in the Formula 2 Championship, Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan and Trident’s Calan Williams.