The Christmas decorations have only just come down, and the remnants of your New Year's Eve hangover haven't quite left you yet, but for any F1 fan thoughts are already turning to the start of the new season.

The racing action may not kick off until the middle of March, testing doesn't even start until the back end of February, and it's still over a month until the new cars are revealed.

But that doesn't mean you can't start to get excited – especially since the Aussies have today started work on turning Albert Park in Melbourne into a venue fit for the opening round of the 2019 World Championship.

"We’ve been planning for this day for the last seven or eight months," says project director Ben Ritchie. "We’ve now got a nine week build period starting from today until race week."

In that time, all the infrastructure for the race, including grandstands, barriers and safety equipment has to be installed and safety checked, before the F1 circus – and thousands of fans – arrive for the Australian Grand Prix in mid-March.

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