2024 Australian GP Schedule & Start Times – Melbourne F1

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Australia GP schedule 2024

The 2024 Australian GP takes place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March at Albert Park Circuit on the streets of Melbourne.

Technically it’s a four day event starting on Thursday 21st March, but there’s no F1 sessions on that day, just support races.

Use the live F1 countdown timer to see exactly how it is until the Aus Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix race weekend format

The 2024 Australian Grand Prix will run the traditional Formula One weekend format of 3 free practice sessions, qualifying (split in to Q1, Q2 and Q3) and then the race itself. 

It will not include a sprint race. Here’s the format of the sessions across the weekend:

Thursday 22nd March:

  • Free Practice 1 (60 mins)
  • Free Practice 2 (60 mins)

Friday 23rd March:

  • Free Practice 3 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying – Q1 / Q2 / Q3 (60 mins)

Saturday 24th March:

  • Grand Prix (58 laps or 120 mins)

2024 Australian F1 qualifying time

Qualifying for the 2024 Melbourne Grand Prix will take place on Friday 22nd March at 16:00 (4pm) local time and will last for of 60 minutes.

Qualifying will be split in to three separate sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3.

All drivers will take part in Q1. The fastest 15 will progress to Q2. Then only the 10 quickest drivers from that session will move on to the final 10 minute shootout for pole position in Q3.

2024 Australian GP start time

The 2024 Australian GP will start at 15:00 (3pm) local time on Sunday 24th March.

The Grand Prix will last for either 58 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shortest.

Melbourne Grand Prix Schedule 2024

Below is the 2024 Australian GP schedule for free practice, qualifying and race sessions over the weekend.

2024 Australian Grand Prix F1 Schedule
Friday 22nd March Local Time UK Time
Practice 1 12:30 - 13:30 01:30 - 02:30
Practice 2 16:00 - 17:00 05:00 - 06:00
Saturday 23rd March
Practice 3 12:30 - 13:30 01:30 - 02:30
Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3 16:00 - 17:00 05:00 - 06:00
Sunday 24th March
Grand Prix 15:00 04:00

What time is the Australian F1 race in my country?

The Australian F1 race takes place at Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne. This is part of the Australian East Daylight Time zone (AEDT) which is GMT+11.

Below are the start times for all Formula One sessions over the three-day race weekend in a number of different time zones.

Session Australia
Race Circuit
(AEDT)
Pacific Time
(PT)
Central Time
(CT)
Eastern Time
(ET)
UK Time
(GMT)
European Time
(CET)
Practice 1 12:30 - 22 Mar 18:30 (-1) 20:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 01:30 02:30
Practice 2 16:00 - 22 Mar 22:00 (-1) 00:00 01:00 05:00 06:00
Practice 3 12:30 - 23 Mar 18:30 (-1) 20:30 (-1) 21:30 (-1) 01:30 02:30
Qualifying 16:00 - 23 Mar 22:00 (-1) 00:00 01:00 05:00 06:00
Grand Prix 15:00 - 24 Mar 21:00 (-1) 23:00 (-1) 00:00 (-1) 04:00 05:00

Australian GP TV Schedule

Formula 1 fans in the UK will be able to watch TV coverage of the Australian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1, but you’ll need a paid channel subscription to do this. If you do tune in, pre-race build up usually starts about 60 or 90 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Alternatively, race highlights will be available to watch for free on Channel 4 on Saturday 24th March.

Details, timings and the schedule for international TV coverage of the Melbourne F1 can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Detailed Australian F1 & motorsport schedule

The Australian Grand Prix offers fans one of the busiest support-race line ups of any Formula 1 event of the season.

For 2024 the support series of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are:

  • FIA Formula 2
  • FIA Formula 3
  • Porsche Carrera Cup
  • V8 Supercars

The V8 Supercars is, in my opinion, the best racing series in the world. 600bhp V8s, RWD and incredibly close racing makes it an absolute winner.

Both V8 Supercars and Prosche Carrera Cup series will run on the Thursday, but the F1 action doesn’t start until FP1 on the Friday.

Anyone with tickets to the Aus GP will have 4-day access from Thursday to Sunday. The full detailed schedule is below.

Thursday 21st March - Schedule
10:30 - 11:00 Porsche Carrera Cup Practice Session
11:25 - 11:55 Supercars Championship First Practice Session
12:00 - 12:20 Promoter Activity - Ford Supervan
12:30 - 13:00 Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying Session
13:25 - 13:55 Supercars Championship Second Practice Session
13:30 - 14:35 Formula 1 F1 Driver & Media Activity
14:10 - 14:30 Promoter Activity - Racing Past - McLaren Tribute
14:45 - 15:00 Supercars Championship Qualifying Session Part 1
15:10 - 15:25 Supercars Championship Qualifying Session Part 2
16:15 - 16:35 Promoter Activity - Ford Supervan
16:45 - 17:20 Porsche Carrera Cup First Race (13 Laps or 30 Mins)
17:50 - 18:35 Supercars Championship First Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins)
18:50 - 20:00 F1 Experiences Pit Lane Walk
18:50 - 20:20 F1 Experiences Track Tour & Trophy Photo
Friday 22nd March - Schedule
08:50 - 09:35 FIA Formula 3 Practice Session
10:00 - 10:45 FIA Formula 2 Practice Session
11:00 - 12:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
11:10 - 11:30 Promoter Activity - Racing Past - McLaren Tribute
11:10 - 12:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
12:30 - 13:30 FORMULA 1 First Practice Session
14:00 - 14:30 FIA Formula 3 Qualifying Session
14:00 - 15:00 Formula 1 Teams Press Conference
14:50 - 15:35 Supercars Championship Second Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins)
15:30 - 16:00 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
16:00 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 Second Practice Session
17:30 - 18:00 FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session
18:25 - 19:00 Porsche Carrera Cup Second Race (13 Laps or 30 Mins)
19:30 - 20:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
Saturday 23rd March - Schedule
09:00 - 09:15 Supercars Championship Qualifying Session - Part 3
09:25 - 09:40 Supercars Championship Qualifying Session - Part 4
09:40 - 10:10 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
09:55 - 10:25 Porsche Carrera Cup Third Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins)
11:15 - 12:00 FIA Formula 3 Sprint Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)
12:10 - 12:30 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
12:30 - 13:30 FORMULA 1 Third Practice Session
13:40 - 13:55 Promoter Activity - Racing Past - McLaren Tribute
14:15 - 15:05 FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
15:10 - 15:40 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
15:15 - 15:30 Promoter Activity - Doohan Demonstration Laps
15:35 - 16:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
16:00 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 Qualifying Session
17:00 - 18:00 Formula 1 Press Conference
17:35 - 18:10 Supercars Championship Third Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins)
18:20 - 19:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
19:15 - 20:15 F1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo
Sunday 24th March - Schedule
09:05 - 09:55 FIA Formula 3 Feature Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
10:20 - 10:55 Supercars Championship Fourth Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins)
11:35 - 12:40 FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (33 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)
12:55 - 13:55 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
13:00 - 13:30 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
13:40 - 14:10 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
13:45 - 14:00 Promoter Activity - Doohan Demonstration Laps
14:46 - 14:48 Formula 1 National Anthem
15:00 - 17:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (58 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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