After a two-year absence, Formula One made its way back to Melbourne in 2022 for the Australian Grand Prix. The race was nothing short of electrifying as George Russell claimed his first spot on the podium as a Mercedes driver, finishing in third place. Taking in all the action behind the scenes was Melissa Oberhofer, Partner Manager for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Born and raised in Melbourne, she’s no stranger to the city’s bustling streets and navigates her hometown with the same level of confidence that Russell and Lewis Hamilton exhibit on the track.
This season, Oberhofer and F1 fans will have an opportunity to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, a freshly opened property perched above the city skyline. Crowned Melbourne’s tallest hotel, the 360-degree views from the Sky Lobby (located on the 80th floor) are nothing short of spectacular. “It’s a very luxurious space in the heart of the city and close to everything whether you want go shopping, see a live sports game, or visit the beach,” says Oberhofer, who got a sneak peek of the hotel. The property is also only a few tram stops away from the circuit, making it the perfect respite for racegoers.
Here, Oberhofer shares the best place to get a bird’s-eye view of the track along with her favorite spots to grab a coffee and watch some “footy.”