Australian Grand Prix organisers are confident that their leg of the 2022 Formula 1 calendar will take place as planned.
The Albert Park race has been canned twice in the last two years, first being called off in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated. In 2021, the race was shifted to later in the calendar, only to be replaced by the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
But the sun is supposedly shining on organisers Down Under, as they have full support from the Victorian Government to host the event with fans.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation boss Andrew Westacott told Speedcafe: "We've got a commitment from the Victorian Government that the event's going ahead. We've got a commitment from F1 that they're coming here for Round 3. We're selling tickets like hotcakes, and we're 80 days away from the event. So everything is happening, everything is getting ready, and [I] can't wait to host the best drivers in the world, in new cars, on a new track.
"But having said that, what I say is we'll be anything but normal - we're going to have all new cars on track, we've got new entertainment and music across the four days.
"There will be the need for everyone to be vigilant from a safety point of view and for attendees to be 100% vaxed, but we're in a massive park, it's predominantly outdoors, and we've been starved for major events. So we're working with the government to make sure that everything we do allows us to have maximum crowds."
As it stands, the F1 circus is set to touch down in Australia on 10 April for Round 3 of the calendar, which is preceded by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.