Australian GP Schedule 2023: Formula 1

Track Schedule

F1 track action starts on Friday at Albert Park with two, 1-hour free practice sessions (FP1 & FP2) for teams to find the perfect setup.

Free practice 3 (FP3) takes place on Saturday afternoon, building up to qualifying; a 3-part session where lap times decide starting positions for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

f1 track schedule
FridayFirst Practice12:30 - 13:30
Second Practice16:00 - 17:00
SaturdayThird Practice12:30 - 13:30
Qualifying16:00 - 17:00
SundayGrand Prix (58 laps or 120 minutes)*15:00 - 17:00

*An F1 race has a maximum time of 2 hours, but can run for up to 3 hours if there are red flags. Jump to full timetable.

Australian GP Schedule 2023: Support Races

Formula 2

A good chance to see the star drivers of the future. F2, the feeder series to F1 has seen many well-known names pass through its ranks. The single-seater cars have an identical chassis, engine and tyres which means it’s all about driver skill and the racing is close.

On Friday the F2 action starts with a 45-minute practice session and a 30-minute qualifying later in the afternoon. The Sprint Race is on Saturday and the Feature Race on Sunday.

f2 schedule
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Formula 3

Formula 3 is an important step on the road to success in single-seater motor racing. Drivers who do well here usually go on to compete in F2 and sometimes even make the leap to F1.

The F3 schedule starts with a 45-minute practice session on Friday morning followed by a qualifying session in the afternoon. The Sprint race takes place on Saturday morning and the Feature race takes place on Sunday morning.

formula 3 schedule
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V8 Supercars Melbourne 400

The V8s area big deal down under and since 2018 Albert Park has hosted a round of this Australian touring car championship.

Drivers start their engines for two half-hour practice sessions on Thursday and a 2-part qualifying session in the afternoon. Race 1 gets underway later that day, and race two is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Parts 3 and 4 of qualifying take place on Saturday morning, while the third and fourth races are held on Saturday and Sunday. Supercars races last from 30 to 45 minutes from lights to flag.

v8 supercars timetable
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Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

The Australian arm of the Porsche Carrera Cup, a one-make sports car series with regional championships around the world.

Melbourne’s packed timetable sees a 20-minute practice and qualifying on Thursday as well as the first of three 30-minute races. The second and third races are on Friday and Saturday.

porsche carrera cup australia
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Albert Park Gate Opening & Closing Times

Thursday09:30 - 19:30
Friday08:30 - 19:30*
Saturday09:00 - 19:30*
Sunday08:30 - 18:00*

*Gates 1 and 8 will remain open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 8:30pm on Sunday.

Full Timetable for the Australian Grand Prix Weekend

Porsche Carrera CupPractice Session10:30 - 11:00
Supercars ChampionshipFirst Practice Session11:25 - 11:55
Porsche Carrera CupQualifying Session12:30 - 13:00
Supercars ChampionshipSecond Practice Session13:15 - 13:45
Promoter ActivityHistoric 70th Year Celebration Demonstration13:55 - 14:25
Supercars ChampionshipQualifying Session Part 114:45 - 15:00
Supercars ChampionshipQualifying Session Part 215:10 - 15:25
Porsche Carrera CupFirst Race (15 Laps or 35 Mins)16:45 - 17:25
Supercars ChampionshipFirst Race (22 Laps or 45 Mins)17:40 - 18:30
FIA Formula 3Practice Session08:50 - 09:35
FIA Formula 2Practice Session10:00 - 10:45
FIAF1 Car Presentation11:00 - 12:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk11:10 - 12:00
Promoter ActivityHistoric 70th Year Celebration Demonstration11:40 - 12:00
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session14:00 - 14:30
Formula 1Teams Press Conference14:00 - 15:00
Supercars ChampionshipSecond Race (17 Laps or 35 Mins)14:50 - 15:30
FIA Formula 3Press Conference15:30 - 16:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session17:30 - 18:00
Porsche Carrera CupSecond Race (13 Laps or 30 Mins)18:25 - 19:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk18:30 - 19:15
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:30 - 20:00
Supercars ChampionshipQualifying Session - Part 309:30 - 09:45
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice09:40 - 10:10
Supercars ChampionshipQualifying Session - Part 409:55 - 10:10
FIA Formula 3Sprint Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)11:00 - 11:45
FIA Formula 3Press Conference12:30 - 12:50
Promoter ActivityHistoric 70th Year Celebration Demonstration13:40 - 14:00
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)14:25 - 15:15
FIA Formula 2Press Conference15:35 - 16:00
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 - 18:00
Supercars ChampionshipThird Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins)17:25 - 18:00
Porsche Carrera CupThird Race (13 Laps or 30 Mins)18:25 - 19:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk18:35 - 19:25
F1 ExperiencesF1 Experiences - Grid Walk19:15 - 20:15
FIA Formula 3Feature Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)09:05 - 09:55
Supercars ChampionshipFourth Race (TBC Laps or 30 Mins)10:20 - 10:55
Promoter ActivityHistoric Cars Parade Lap11:00 - 11:15
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (33 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)11:35 - 12:40
FIA Formula 2Press Conference13:00 - 13:30
Formula 1Drivers' Parade13:00 - 13:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk13:15 - 14:00
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 - 14:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (58 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 - 17:00

All start times in this timetable and other schedules on this page are in the local timezone at the track. Times are subject to change.

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