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What’s it like to spend an afternoon at the Grand Prix in Albert Park? / Com’è passare un pomeriggio al GP di Melbourne?

Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg at the 2008 Aus...

Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg at the 2008 Australian ING Grand Prix. Taken at Corner 6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve never been a big fan of Formula 1, actually I’ve never been a fan of it. I would just get bored watching it on TV. But going to the Grand Prix it’s something completely different! I’m from Milan, so just half an hour away from Monza where a very important GP takes place every year in September. I’ve there just once, while I was working in BMW, to watch the V8 and it’s been a lot of fun! The other times I have been close to a GP circuit has been when I was going back to Italy, from a trip, passing through Montecarlo just the day before of the GP beginning, and we actually did the circuit and the famous tunnel, a bit like we were doing the Formula 1 exercise. Once again it had been fun. And the last time, apart from yesterday, when I boarded a VW with a pilot doing the Vairano circuit and automatically I was continuously approaching the brake pedal eheh I guess I had a lot of adrenaline and I was a bit scared. But other than these experiences I’d never watch F1 on TV as I find it quite boring. Since I’m living in Melbourne, I know I should go to the GP, also because I don’t now whether it’ll still take place at Albert Park. I heard somewhere this event has always been far from profitable and since it’s the 60th anniversary and free on Thursday I decided to go with a friend.

60 years of Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

60 years of Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

I was happy I decided to go! It turned to be a beautiful afternoon in Melbourne and I went there by bike, quite easy to go there, but you can also go there by car, by tram or helicopter! Lots of them have been flying the skys of Melbourne lately. We enter and we see right away the beauty of Albert Park.

Albert Park

Albert Park (Photo credit: No Middle Name)

If you look back you can see the skyscrapers of the CBD, on one side the nice buildings of t Kilda Rd and then finally the circuit, the lake in the middle and a lot of green and trees around. Just a peaceful place, if it wasn’t for the car noise ahaha And of course it is when the grand Prix is not on. I saw the V8 training, Gee they were fast! There are different spots to seem them also stall with reserved seats. We crossed the bridge, you actually hear the cars just below you!

View of Melbourne from Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

View of Melbourne from Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

And then we crossed a floating bridge made of plastic cubes, it feels like walking on the moon?! From there, there is an amazing view of Melbourne! On the other side it’s just like a Luna Park, with lots to do, car to see, a stall with the history of the Grand Prix, lots of beautiful cars, a large choice to drink and eat, tables to have a rest, artists ‘painting’ a graffiti, shows of very brave people, like one walking on a spinning wheel, TV commentating just very close to the public, etc… So even if you are like me, you can certainly find something to entertain yourself! And you are all in all, surrounded by the beauty of Albert Parc, which shouldn’t be taken for granted. I suggest you pay a visit to the Australian Gran Prix and take advantage of visiting Melbourne too. There are quite a few tips on a pot I wrote yesterday. Enjoy the VRRRRROOOOOOOMMMM!!!!

Circuit Pirelli at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

Circuit Pirelli at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

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Non sono mai stata una fan della Formula 1, ma comunque mi è capitato di andare a vedere le Gran turismo a Monza, quando lavoravo in Bmw, ed è stato emozionante! oppure sono passata per Montecarlo proprio il giorno prima del Gran Prix e, quindi, con Carlo abbiamo fatto il circuito in macchina, compresa la famosa Galleria, schiacciando anche un po’ sul freno. Oppure a Vairano abbiamo fatto un giro in pista con un pilota professionista al matrimonio di un’amica di mio marito. Insomma decisamente divertente! Ma mi ricordo di essere scesa con un po’ di nausea e che mentre ero sulla macchina, essendo di fianco al pilota, mi veniva automatico col piede schiacciare il freno! Eheh decisamente un po’ di strizza! Ma vivendo qui a Melbourne, essendo i 60 anni del GP d’Australia, e sentendo anche che magari il prossimo anno cambierà destinazione, visto che l’evento è sempre in perdita dato che gli Australiani non sembrano essere particolarmente interessati al GP. Probabilmente sono come me, pero’ vi assicuro che vederlo dal vivo è tutta un’altra cosa e consiglio di andare al GP di Melbourne o a qualsiasi GP almeno una volta nella vita. E’ emozionante!

Minis at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

Minis at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

La cosa positiva anche è che il 1° giorno del GP è gratis entrare, basta solamente scaricarsi il biglietto. Si arriva al Parco di Albert Park in macchina, in bici come ho fatto io, in Tram o qualcuno anche in elicottero. Sono infatti vari giorni che si sentono e vedono elicotteri nei cieli di Melbourne. Arriviamo e appena entrate, vediamo l’immensità di Albert Park, dov’ero stata altre volte, tra le quali al Festival Taste of Melbourne. C’è un lago in mezzo al parco e il circuito costeggia proprio il lago. Si è in mezzo al verde, si vedono in lontananza i grattacieli del centro e da più vicino i palazzi di St. Kilda Road. Ci sono varie postazione da dove poter vedere le macchine che sfrecciano, anche chiaramente le varie tribune da un lato e dall’altro della strada.  Ieri ho visto le V8 e fino a domenica lo spettacolo andrà avanti! Si sente la musica e il rumbo dei motori.

V8 at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

V8 at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

Tutto intorno al circuito di sono baretti per bersi una biretta o altro oppure mangiare qualcosa, ma oltre il ponte è dove si trova l’entertainment. Si sale su una scala e si passa sopra il circuito, poi si attraversa un ponte fatto di cubotti di plastica galleggianti. E sembra di galleggiare anche a te o di camminare sulla Luna? Passato il ponte si apre il parco divertimenti, ci sono writers che stanno realizzando un graffito, esposizione di macchine di varie epoche, i vari stand con i gadget del GP e quelli delle case automobilistiche, una scelta infinita per bere e mangiare, un ragazzo che cammina su una ruota rotante facendo cose strabilianti e anche la possibilità di fare un volo in elicottero. E poi ovviamente la TV, non separata con 1000 barriere come probabilmente avverrebbe in Italia. Qui son tutti più rilassati ed easy-going. Il rumore delle macchine si sente persino a distanza da Albert Park.

Australian Grand Prix 2001

Australian Grand Prix 2001 (Photo credit: RobiNZ)

Quindi anche se non si è interessati al GP, troverete sicuramente qualcos’altro da fare!

Cars at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

The circuit and the lake at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park
The circuit and the lake at Australian Grand Prix 2013, Albert Park

3 Comments

  1. Nice work on heading the to Grand Prix! Hope you are enjoying it over here in Oz. My brother was lucky enough to have his logo on the Vodafone McLarens car a couple of years back so we were given tickets to meet the drivers and check out the pits… was totally amazing and like yourself, I was never really into it before then but now have a great appreciation of what goes into the sport🙂

    • Thanx for you comment! I guess most sports become more interesting either when you see them live or when you play them. And F1 is definitely one of them. I really enjoyed the afternoon there, the atmosphere, the setting, the cars, both the racing ones and the vintage ones on display. It seemed a big fair where you could not get bored. I might go back next year! Good on your brother, it must be a great satisfaction! And yes I’m definitely enjoying Oz for now. I think there’s still more to explore in Melbourne and in the rest of the country, like Margaret River or Kangaroo Island. Any tips on the city or whatever? thanx again!🙂

  2. Bonjour! Juste pour te dire que je trouve ton blog vraiment sympa. Les artciles sont rédigés avec bcp de soins et sont la pluspart du temps très pertinents.. j’aimerais bien avoir la même inspiration🙂 J’édite moi aussi un blog .. a bientôt, Julie

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