The FIA has confirmed that next year’s Australian Grand Prix will be staged at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit on March 25 - 28
The Australian event will be the second race on the 2010 F1 calendar, following Bahrain on March 14.
Staging the Grand Prix on the last weekend in March takes advantage of an overlap of daylight savings in Australia and Europe.
In 2009, this same weekend saw the largest television audience ever in Europe, with audiences almost tripling in some European markets.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Drew Ward, said the new twilight race time was a great success this year, both for local audiences and the increased television broadcast audience.
“Achieving a worldwide audience of more than 100 million viewers illustrates the power of the Grand Prix in promoting Melbourne on the global stage,” he said. “All eyes will be on Melbourne to see how Aussie hero Mark Webber performs on home ground and how the new teams take on the Albert Park Circuit.
“This is the best of all worlds from a promoter’s point of view - Melbourne will attract worldwide media attention early in the season and we can leverage off the first race action in promoting the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park,” Ward said.