Contractors have broken ground at Albert Park today as the first official day of building the Grand Prix venue commenced.

Taking control of an approximately 1.9 km² site, the organisers at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) take only nine weeks to build up the precinct from preparing the track to lining barriers and from laying sand traps to erecting grandstands, stages and additional pit buildings.

AGPC Project Director Ben Ritchie expressed his excitement as he looked toward a busy two months ahead. “The alarm went off this morning – I got out of bed and thought – this is our life for the next four months, getting ourselves set for the start of the Grand Prix season.

“We’ve been planning for this day for the last seven to eight months. We have now got a nine-week build period starting from today up until race week.”

2018 Australian Grand Prix start

Ironically, only four days of track action take place across the vast nine weeks of preparation needed to host the Formula One season-opening event.

According to previous stats, a whopping 290,000 working hours is needed to finish the project on time. Jobs include putting together over 30 m² of marquees, almost 40,000 seats and a massive 34 kilometres of temporary fencing.

The pinnacle Melbourne event caters for 300,000 attendees with Sunday being the nation’s largest single-day sporting event as its beamed into millions of living rooms across the globe.

The Australian Grand Prix takes place over four action-packed days from March 14 to 17. Tickets for a range of general admission, grandstand and corporate hospitality packages are on sale through its official website.

Images via Australian Grand Prix and Ignite Images

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.