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Date set for 2023 Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation confirmed today that next year’s event will run from March 30-April 2, with Formula 1 on the right track from March 31.

That may make the race the 3rd round of the Formula 1 world championship for the next year running.

Whilst having traditionally been the opening round through the entire Melbourne era, the function is currently set to float in the initial three rounds of every season within a recently-signed contract extension.

Within the new agreement Albert Park is guaranteed five season-openers between now and 2035.

The AGP will open the 2024 and 2025 seasons with another three opening slots to be spread over the decade that follows.

The 2023 race, meanwhile, is shaping up as a substantial one given the probability of there being truly a Melbourne-born driver on the grid for the very first time.

Oscar Piastri is widely likely to result in a race seat next season with McLaren which, would make him the 3rd Australian to compete in his home race through the Melbourne era after Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and the initial from Melbourne itself.

Whether you will see two Australians on the grid isn’t yet entirely clear, given Ricciardo is likely to lose his McLaren seat to create method for Piastri.

The Perth-born driver could land back at Alpine in a straight swap, of sorts, given Piastri’s try to split from the French manufacturer.

The 2023 AGP may also feature an all-new undercard with FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 to race in Australia for the very first time.

Supercars may also hold a points-paying round at Albert Park, the function apt to be either the next or third round following a Newcastle 500 as well as perhaps the Tasmania SuperSprint in March.

Beyond that there might not be much room for local supports, though, with Carrera Cup regarded as the favourite when there is a fourth slot available.

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