Photographer's Note

Australian Formula One GP was held at the Albert Park street circuit on Sunday the 16th March.

The race moved to Melbourne in 1996 from Adelaide. The decision to hold the race there was controversial. A series of protests were organised by the "Save Albert Park" group, who claimed that the race turned a public park into a private playground for one week per year. Additionally, they claimed that the race cost a great deal of money that would be better spent, if it were to be spent on motor racing, on a permanent circuit elsewhere. Finally, they said that the claimed economic benefits of the race were false or exaggerated. The race organisers and the government claimed that the economic benefits to the state outweighed the costs, these claims are still being argued today. The future of the Melbourne GP is uncertain also because of the extra cost involved in staging it at night to accommodate European viewers and in turn raise more revenue.

This was taken just as the race was due to begin.

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