Will Australian Grand Prix Go Through in 2022? Director Responds to Rumors

Published 10/16/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


The new F1 2022 calendar is out, bringing back some fan favorites next season. Amongst Suzuka and Montreal are the much-awaited race at Melbourne. However, there was a small fear that the Australian Grand Prix would get canceled again.

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Diverging from the traditional kick-off in Australia, the 2022 season will begin with the race in Bahrain. However, there was a rumor going around that the race was bound to get canceled again. Andrew Westacott dispersed the rumors, confirming that the Australian GP will make its return.

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Westacott reassured the Australians. “The long-awaited return of the Australian Grand Prix to Albert Park will take place in 2022. Melbourne is part of the new calendar presented by Formula 1.”

The third race of the season is scheduled for Australia, on the 10th of April. This is because it allows more time for the travel restrictions to ease and vaccination rates to increase. As F1 makes its way back to the continent after two years, the Aussie fans will be pumped to welcome back their home race. Further, it will be local hero, Daniel Ricciardo’s homecoming in Papaya colors- the recipe for an amped-up race.

Fans rescue historic Australian Grand Prix location

While Albert Park in Melbourne will welcome back its adoring fans, Victoria Park had faced threats of demolition. The city council proposed a ‘Reimagining Victoria Park’; a scheme to extend tree canopy in the area.

The Adelaide Circuit had hosted thrilling street races in its time and has an 11-year history as a Grand Prix circuit. The circuit has had its moments in the spotlight. From Keke Rosberg’s win in the inaugural race and Nigel Mansell‘s tire failure that cost him the 1986 title, and Ayrton Senna‘s rainy victory in 1991. The circuit also held the record for the shortest race in history, having held a 14-lap race; before the 2-lap race in Spa took its place.

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With a lot of memories attached to the circuit, people fought hard to keep it, despite it not being in use anymore. CoF1uncilor Alexander Hyde suggested to the council to consider making the circuit, particularly the Senna Chicane, a heritage site.

He said, “We all know that it was the Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix that put Adelaide on the global map in many senses. It’s of immense significance to the people of Adelaide and the people of South Australia generally.”

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As the Australians celebrate town F1 wins this year, it’s going to be an exciting time for F1 in the land down under.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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