LAT Archive: Melbourne's time hosting the Australian Grand Prix

After the death of Melbourne race organiser Ron Walker, the LAT Archive shares some of most memorable Australian Grand Prix imagery from Albert Park

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This week it was announced that former Australian Grand Prix boss Ron Walker had passed away aged 78.

Away from his work as Lord Mayor of Melbourne and fronting bids in an attempt to attract both Olympic and Commonwealth games to the capital city, he also moved Formula 1 across from Adelaide to Albert Park in 1996 – where the Australian round has been held ever since.

Over the 20 years following, it's been the host of some iconic grand prix moments, all of which have been captured by LAT Images.

Melbourne, Australia. 8-10 March 1996. Jacques Villeneuve leads from pole position on his grand prix debut. Team-mate Damon Hill follows but goes on to take victory and kick-starting his title-winning campaign.

Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 March 1997. David Coulthard celebrates on the podium after winning for the first time in nearly 50 races. McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher finish second and third respectively, and help Coulthard to celebrate.

Melbourne, Australia. 6-8 March 1998. David Coulthard leads the race but, through team orders, he slows on the pitstraight and allows Mika Hakkinen into first.

Melbourne, Australia. 3 March 2002. Ralf Schumacher (Williams-BMW FW24) gets massively airborne after colliding with Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2001) at the first corner. 11 cars would retire as a result of the first corner, first lap crash.

Melbourne, Australia. 7 March 2004. Michael Schumacher, in the Ferrari F2004, sets a new lap record on his way to victory. It was his fourth at the Australian Grand Prix, a record figure that he shares with Lex Davison.

Melbourne, Australia. 18 March 2007. Kimi Raikkonen starts an eventual championship-winning season in the best possible way – with victory ahead of debutant Lewis Hamilton and his one-season McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Melbourne, Australia. 29 March 2009. Following a troubled winter in which Honda pulled out of F1 as a result of the global recession, Jenson Button backs up the pre-season surprise pace of Brawn GP and wins on the team's debut.

Images courtesy of LAT Archive

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