Australia to Follow Commonwealth Games

Next year's Australian Grand Prix will be held in Melbourne from March 30 to April 2, just four days after the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games, race organisers said on Tuesday

Australia to Follow Commonwealth Games

The Australian race has served as the season-opener for the past decade but has been put back to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games, which will be held from March 15-26.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) chief executive officer Tim Bamford said the sport's world governing body had given approval for the race to be held on April 2, following on immediately after the Games.

"It's an international sporting double like never before," Bamford said in a statement.

"With the Grand Prix taking place straight after the Commonwealth Games, we expect many international and interstate visitors to stay on to experience Formula One in Melbourne first hand."

The FIA is yet to announce the dates for next year's Grand Prix season but Bamford said the Australian Grand Prix is now expected to be the third race on the calendar.

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