The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has today confirmed that next year’s race will run from March 30 to April 2, while Formula One will run from March 31.

This will make the race the third round of the Formula 1 World Championship for the second consecutive year.

Although the event has traditionally been the opener throughout the Melbourne era, it is now scheduled to run the first three rounds of each season as part of recently signed contract.

Albert Park is guaranteed just five season openers between now and 2035 as part of the new deal.

The AGP will open the 2024 and 2025 seasons, with the remaining three starting slots spread over the next decade.

The 2023 race, meanwhile, looks set to be an important one given the prospect of a Melbourne-born rider on the grid for the first time.

Oscar Piastre is tipped to race for McLaren next season, making him the third Australian to race at his home race in the Melbourne era after Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and the first from Melbourne.

Whether the two Australians will be on the grid is not yet entirely clear Ricciardo is expected to lose his place at McLaren to make way for Piastre.

The Perth-born driver could return to Alpine in a direct swap, given Piastri’s bid to break away from the French manufacturer.

The 2023 AGP will also feature an all-new undercard from FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3, which will be held in Australia for the first time.

Supercars will also host a points payout round at Albert Parkthe event is likely to be either the second or third leg after the Newcastle 500 and possibly the Tasmania SuperSprint in March.

Also, there may not be much room for local support, however the Carrera Cup are considered favorites if the fourth slot becomes available.

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