–by Mark Cipolloni–
Since American firm Liberty Media took over F1 the sport has become so popular everyone is swimming in money, including the race organizers, who used to lose their shirt when Bernie Ecclestone ran things.
Albert Park welcomed 444,000 fans over the 4-day weekend, a new record for the Australian GP at Melbourne.
However, they did lose control of the crowd as the race was ending, as fans rushed onto the track to get under the podium for the celebrations.
The Australian GP organizers will get hit with a fine as a result, but regardless, a huge crowd is a good thing to have.