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Lara felt that the proximity of this Easter race and other events may have contributed to the fewer people headed to Ligon Street.

Mercedes supporter Danny said he enjoyed the Grand Prix but the tram system had to be much better next year.

“We waited an hour outside gate one on the track,” said Danny.

“In previous years we had no problems with the trams. There was no communication. It was utter rubbish.”

After three years of waiting, Formula One fans in Melbourne are finally having their day in the sun when the Australian Grand Prix returns to Albert Park on Sunday.

The track was crowded on a hot and windy day in Melbourne.

Following near-record turnout predictions, organizers reported that 128,294 attended on race day, bringing the event’s four-day total to 419,114. However, a spokesperson for the program could not explain how the data was collected.

On Sunday all roads lead to Albert Park.

On Sunday all roads lead to Albert Park.Credit:Luis Enrique Esquis

age It was reported last week that the Australian Grand Prix Corporation has not released exact crowd figures for its showcase event in the past. Since the race moved to Melbourne in 1996, the corporation has only provided estimated crowds based on ticket sales.

Among those who were there, F1 fans Katie O’Shea and Adam Moore said proximity to Albert Park was a key factor in deciding where they wanted to live in Melbourne when they moved from Ireland to Australia two months ago .

The pair participated in their first Australian Grand Prix with a homemade cardboard Kevin Magnussen sign bearing the Danish flag, while Ms O’Shea also donned a McLaren cap.

Ms O’Shea, 28, explained that she felt there were enough Daniel Ricciardo-loving McLaren fans in Australia, so she extended her support to Magnussen because “the Irish people love the Danish people”.

“He’s a good boy,” she said. “He basically didn’t deserve to lose his seat, so it’s good to see him back.”

Ms O’Shea and Mr Moore were among longtime F1 fans, glad the event was back after races scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to COVID-19.

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Since then, the Netflix program drive to survive And the thrilling 2021 season has sparked increased interest in F1 racing, and it was believed that this year saw a high proportion of fans attend for the first time.

Sitting near the turn to exit, Melbourne friends Steph Augello and Alex Barilla admitted they were not traditional motorsport fans.

Budding motorsport fans Steph Augello and Alex Barilla.

Budding motorsport fans Steph Augello and Alex Barilla.Credit:age

Seduced by the Netflix show, the pair attended all four days of the Grand Prix with cardboard cutouts of Daniel Ricciardo’s face.

“We began to see drive to survive In lockdown,” said Ms. Barilla. “We are here now, which is good.”

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Ms Barilla, 27, competed in the race once in 2009, but said she is now much more interested in the sport, and had been eagerly waiting for its return for months.

Meanwhile, Ms Augello was in her first F1 race with plans to add a Max Verstappen cutout to her collection.

With Melbourne event organizers still rebuilding the hospitality workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic, crowds at the Grand Prix have tested their patience at times.

But the 20-minute wait for food and drink meant little to those who had waited three years longer for their favorite race at Albert Park.

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