There are just days now until the 2019 Formula 1 season gets underway at Albert Park in Melbourne, and this year brings something not seen before.
The Formula 1 management has opted for a season launch event and it’s the first time in F1 history such an event has been held. March 13 is the date and the event will feature all 20 drivers and the leaders of the respective F1 teams.
It will be held in Federation Square, a popular public open space in the southern centre of Melbourne, which itself is just a mile and a half north of Albert Park.
And in order to ensure that those that who won’t be in the city won’t miss out, F1 organizers have booked space on F1’s social media platforms to stream the launch event live.
It’ll be full of music acts and an as yet undisclosed list of former F1 heroes. It will also feature backing by many of the sport’s sponsors including DHL, Rolex, Heineken, Pirelli, and Emirates.
There is also a little bit of history for the 2019 season, as Sean Bratches, the F1 Managing Director of Commercial Operations says. “We are incredibly excited to be putting on such a spectacle for our fans. It’s vital that we put them at the heart of everything we do, and this event provides us with a platform to engage with fans not just locally but also globally. The 2019 season also marks another historic moment for the sport as we celebrate our 1000th Grand Prix (in China) later this year and we are excited to see all the teams come together to kick off the season with a bang.”
It certainly is a unique opportunity to see the drivers in a different light, as Martin Pakula MP, the Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events in Victoria says: “This is a once in a lifetime event for lovers of motorsport. There is no better place to host the first-ever Formula 1 season launch event than Melbourne.
“We are excited to be hosting a fantastic event that will attract legions of supporters from around the world and give Victorian F1 fans a chance to meet their heroes.”
Watch out for the streaming links here, and on Formula 1’s social media outlets.
|Formula 1® Season Launch Event Entertainment Line-Up
Wednesday 13 March 2019
|3:30pm-4:30pm||OPENING ACT: DJ MIMI VELEVSKA (AUS)|
|4:30pm-5:00pm||WELCOME TO COUNTRY AND OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS|
|6:00pm-7:00pm||MAIN ACT: DJ YOUNG FRANCO (AUS)|
|7:00pm-8:00pm||CLOSING ACT: DJ TAY JAMES (USA)|