Melbourne’s Federation Square will play host to the inaugural 2019 Season Launch event for the upcoming season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
All twenty drivers and ten team principals will make an appearance in the heart of the City of Melbourne at a free to the public event organised in partnership with Formula 1 and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
Fans will see teams and drivers arrive walking through the city landmark synonymous to the fan-favourite Melbourne Walk at Albert Park. A live stage show will take place with the some of the sport’s legends plus music acts adding to the build-up of the Australian Grand Prix and 2019 season.
The event will also be streamed to fans around the world online through Formula 1’s social media platforms.
“[On 21 occasions], Formula 1®, the greatest racing spectacle in the world has kicked off its year in Melbourne and there really couldn’t be a location better than this fantastic city,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director of F1’s commercial operations.
“The passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of the Melbourne crowd deserved a special thanks and this is why we have decided to organise the first ever Season Launch event in the history of the sport.
“We are incredibly excited to be putting on such a spectacle for our fans. It’s vital that we put them at the heart of everything we do, and this event provides us with a platform to engage with fans not just locally but also globally.
“The 2019 season also marks another historic moment for the sport as we celebrate our 1000th Grand Prix in China later this year and we are excited to see all the teams come together to kick off the season with a bang.”
Melbourne is the sixth international city to host an F1 Festival event. London’s F1 Live debuted in 2017 with demonstrations runs past Trafalgar Square. An array of events took place across the world during the 2018 season in Shanghai (China), Marseille (France), Milan (Italy) and Miami (USA).
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