Just a few days out from the gates officially opening for the hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans, we were given a special treat at Albert Park today to watch the multi-million-dollar cargo of F1 freight arrive at the venue for the opening race of the 2013 Formula 1 season.
For Australian fans, one of the prize items in the shipment was Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8, which was specially unpacked for us on the start/finish straight of the Albert Park circuit.
“We’ve had forty containers of shipping freight and over 600 tonnes of air freight that’s arrived [in Melbourne],” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said today.
“The show’s coming to Melbourne and it’s very exciting. The place is looking a treat!
“It is a credit to the skills of Melbourne’s major events industry that the entire event comes together each year,” he added. “Over 290,000 man hours go into making this event come to life.”
He also spoke proudly of the honour that the AGPC and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will bestow upon Australia’s two Formula 1 World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones. On Sunday, the circuit will officially unveil to bronze busts of the men who have claimed four F1 titles between them.
“There is such a legacy of motorsport in Melbourne, that it is only fitting for our two World Champions to be immortalised in bronze. It is absolutely fitting that these two will be honoured, and they will have pride of place at the circuit as its permanent custodians,” he added.
Full pictures from today’s activities around the circuit – including our own pre-event inspection of the facility – will be published on our Facebook fan page later today!