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Melbourne Gears Up for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix Festivities

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Formula 1 race fans are descending upon Melbourne with festivities surrounding the 2024 Australian Grand Prix set to kick off this weekend.

In addition to the action-packed F1 racing, there will be a huge entertainment lineup featuring well-known Australian musical acts to help heighten the excitement of racing fans in the lead-up to, during and after the big race in Melbourne.

A Look Back at Last Year’s Australian Grand Prix

Last year’s Aussie GP was historically chaotic and is perhaps best remembered as a red flag affair. Three red flags were waved throughout the race, while a lengthy delay as race officials deliberated on penalties and the best course of action had fans, drivers and their teams impatiently awaiting an announcement and restart.

Alex Albon triggered the first red flag period on lap nine after a big hit around Turn 6/7 saw gravel and debris on the track and ended with George Russell’s car catching fire. With only a few laps remaining, a late red flag was triggered after Kevin Magnussen ran wide out of Turn 2, glanced the wall and lost his right rear tire.

The rim came to a rest on the track as Magnussen brought the vehicle to a controlled halt, but the FIA observed enough debris to render a full safety car insufficient.

The Haas driver was disappointed to earn a DNF and was surprised his accident happened in the first place. “I didn’t even feel it, so it definitely wasn’t something that felt big in the car, but it was enough to crack the rim and take the tire off,” Magnussen explained, as per the official Formula 1 website.

Hamilton versus Verstappen rebooted

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W14 and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 battle for track position into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit on April 02, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202304020277 // Usage for Melbourne Gears Up for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix Festivities use only //

This set up a two-lap showdown for Aussie GP immortality between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Absolute mayhem, however, unfolded at the restart. There was contact on the grid between several of Magnussen’s colleagues which prompted even more damage and a third red flag stoppage of the race – a Formula 1 first – before the race concluded in yellow flag conditions.

Here’s what the winner had to say following the topsy-turvy finish: “I’m very happy to win the race, but I think the race itself towards the end was a bit of a mess with all the calls. I don’t think we needed that second red flag,” Verstappen said. “I think that could have been done with a virtual safety car or a safety car at worst. It left a lot of drivers confused. Today was quite messy.”

Drivers and fans will hope for a more run-of-the-mill finish this go-round in Melbourne. Verstappen, for his part, will try to make it three victories in a row, proving that he is indeed ‘on another planet’. Last year’s winner is the favorite to repeat as champion with -550 odds. Race fans and betting enthusiasts can check out bonus.ca to compare the best online casinos including those with sports betting.

Entertainment Beyond the Race in Melbourne

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With the support of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2024, Crown, the largest entertainment and hospitality business in Australia, will present a stellar lineup at Albert Park’s Crown Main Stage, including Amy Shark, Jet and Empire of the Sun.

Friday

Amy Shark, who has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in the industry and has plenty of hits under her belt, including “Adore” and “I Said Hi,” will light up the lakeside stage on Friday night. DJ Jake Webb will cap off the evening’s entertainment, while Melbourne electronic favorites Northeast Party House will electrify the stage and the airwaves with their spirited live set.

Saturday

With their hits like “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and “Look What You’ve Done,” Australian rock band Jet will headline the roster the next night, guaranteed to raise the intensity level of the audience. Nic Cester of Jet was quoted saying, “We all love the F1 GP, we’re really excited to play the main stage this year and check out some of the action on the track.” Vanessa Amorosi, who has Yo! Mafia as support, will be joining Jet on Saturday. She is well-known for her rock-pop singles, such as “Absolutely Everybody.”

Sunday

A DJ set by Empire of the Sun, who are well-known worldwide for songs like “Walking on a Dream” and “Alive,” will round off the weekend. With DJ Emma Peters providing backing, The Presets will perform their renowned, high-energy live show.

To help build the excitement for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, check out this video of the best of the Australian F1 Grand Prix 2023.