This weekend saw the start of the 2011 Formula 1 season, and its first venue (after the cancelation of the Bahrain grand prix) was at Albert Park, Melbourne Australia.
The venue is a temporary street circuit, built around a lake, in the centre of Melbourne, Australia. The circuit uses parts of the permanent roads around the park, as well as some purpose built sections, including the Pit and Paddock area.
Unlike most street circuits, the Albert Park streets were resurfaced before the race in 1996, making the circuit very smooth. Also, the layout, and flow of the streets make the circuit very easy to learn and very good to drive.
Every year the park is transformed through the construction of several temporary bridges, barriers, and other circuit necessities, costing the local council a great deal. This has recently brought into question whether the circuit should continue on the F1 calendar, or whether the race should be moved to another venue in australia.
So if you would like to see this amazing circuit in action, my advice would be to go to the race now, before you lose the opportunity altogether.
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