January 16, 2021

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Australian F1 Grand Prix to be postponed to spring

The Australian F1 Grand Prix is due to take place in Melbourne in January. It has always been held in the Spring. For several years it was always held in the Spring, even though the winter months in Australia do not quite suit a high speed motor sport. However, in recent years, due to the global economic crisis and the increasing popularity of Formula One in the rest of the world, it has been postponed several times. In January it was supposed to be held, but with the pandemy in Australia it was rescheduled for the second time.

Australian F1 Grand Prix

Why was the Australian F1 Grand Prix cancelled in the first place? The whole thing is a mystery as the reasons why the race was called off range from simple mistake to money problems. If you have read any of the reports on the situation, you will know that the promoters tried to save money by running the race without a full-time test driver. As a result of this they had to rely on local drivers and some of the cars simply didn’t work as well as it should have.

Another issue with the proposed track layout is that many of the present generation of drivers are unable or unwilling to drive at high speeds on wet tracks. Safety is also a major consideration, particularly as it concerns the possibility of wheel-swinging accidents. If the circuit was to move to a different part of the world, say the Southern hemisphere, then it could offer a great deal of opportunity to develop these skills. That means that the future prospects for motorsport in Australia would be excellent.

If the Australian F1 Grand Prix was to go ahead as planned, then there will still be a lot of global exposure for the country. For people who follow motor racing in Australia they will be interested to know that the last two Grand Prix events were held in Malaysia and Mexico. The support for the sport is enormous and shows no signs of waning. As well as this, the fact that the Formula One car has been allowed to race on Australian soil shows that the people behind the sport take great pride in their country.

Coronavirus

One other major argument against a possible move of the Australian GP from Spring is the financial implications for the region. Many people believe that staging a Grand Prix in Spring is a huge financial drain on the regions. They claim that the money used to stage the race would be better spent in building more roads and providing better public transport services to the area. Although the financial arguments are convincing, the practical considerations do not back them up. The lack of space for the Grand Prix in the current configuration means that it would be difficult to find a suitable location if the move was forced. The absence of an alternative means that the financial drain would be greater.