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The bells ring out for the return of F1 at Adelaide

Adelaide, the city of Churches, wine, Germanic immigrant culture and the former home of the Australian Grand Prix.

The Australian Grand Prix had torn up the streets of Adelaide for a good decade between 1985 and 1995. It set its mark on the calendar during this time for some simple reasons. It was seen as a great street circuit and a place where the fans could interact with the drivers, and for the drivers they themselves could have fun. It became known not only as a race, but simply as a party. When asked, Gerhard Berger famously answered a question about what he would miss most when Adelaide was to be replaced on the calendar with Albert Park. Berger in his usual smart way replied, “The women and the nightclubs.”

Keke Rosberg pedalling his FW10 through the streets of Adelaide for the first time in 1985

As Adelaide is currently home to the successful ‘Adelaide Festival of Speed’, it seemed uncanny that the Adelaide City Council have again called on support from the South Australian state Government for assistance. The noise from the streets will not come from normal peak hour traffic, but to again resonate with the sounds of F1 engines, this time from the new and current F1 turbo hybrid engines. The City Council wants the Australian Grand Prix back on home soil, but it will of course come down to the cost and how much money the City Council and Governments, both State and Federal are willing to contribute to the venture.

During the 1994 race, Michael Schumacher parked his Benetton B194 into the wall

The Grand Prix in Adelaide has previously seen organisers always struggle as they failed to support from promoters and the work done to relocate to Melbourne in 1996. As it stands the Australian Grand Prix calls Melbourne home and has done so for the past twenty-one years. The Australian Grand Prix is of course under contract to remain at Albert Park until 2023. This will give the Adelaide Grand Prix devotees plenty of time to get that application ready with financial backing. We must also consider this fact,┬áthe Adelaide Grand Prix was always referred to as ‘Adelaide Alive’, but is it now a case of dead and buried.

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