Melbourne Grand Prix sets new crowd record

The Melbourne Grand Prix was held over the weekend attracting record crowd numbers after a two-year hiatus.

Albert Park saw 419,114 race fans stream through the gates across the four-day event, according to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, marking a triumphant return since the race’s last-minute cancellation in 2020.

Five new grandstands were constructed to cater for the expected increase in crowd numbers.

“It’s been fantastic to see hundreds of thousands of fans pour through the gates at Albert Park over the last three days as the Australian Grand Prix returns to Melbourne,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

The crowd numbers will be a huge confidence boost for Melbourne, with Sydney actively looking to poach the event when Melbourne’s contract expires in 2025.

Pakula said they were in negotiations with Formula One about the contract extension.

“There is only one place to see Formula One in Australia and that’s right here in Melbourne,” he said.

Australian Grand Prix chief executive Andrew Westacott said he hoped the contract would be extended beyond 2025.

“I would love it to extend, this is the right place for the event and we are going to show the world and Formula One why Melbourne is such a loved Formula One location,’’ he told the Herald Sun.