Melbourne has been lashed by the remnants of a tropical cycle that hit Australia’s east coast, with over 150mm (six inches) of rain being dumped on the city in just 24 hours.

But it’s pictures taken by an astute F1 fan of the Albert Park circuit that could create cause for concern, with images showing the circuit – in the final stages of preparation to host the Grand Prix at the end of March – has copped a battering from the heavy rain.

Albert Park Flooded Queens Rd
Flash flooding on Queens Road, one of the streets bordering the Albert Park circuit. [Image via The Age] 
Albert Park Flooded Turn 1 Albert Park Flooded Turn 4 Albert Park Flooded Turn 16
The Albert Park circuit copped a hammering, with flooding at Turns 1-2 (left), Turn 4 (middle) and Turn 16 (right).

Melbourne’s weird weather comes as a courtesy of the weakening Tropical Cycle Anthony, which hit the north-east coast of Australia last week before heading south to deposit its remaining rain on Melbourne.

Immediately following it was a category-five Tropical Cycle Yasi, which his the northern cities of Cairns and Townsville in Queensland and forced thousands of residents to shelter in evacuation centres.

Only weeks before, the city of Brisbane and its surrounds were hammered by enormous floods brought about by unseasonably heavy rains, while Sydney – home to us at Richard’s F1 – has been in the grips of a record heatwave.

To give you an idea of how the circuit should look at this stage of proceedings, click here!

[Original circuit images via Shane Rogers]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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