Earlier this week, the organizers of the Australian Grand Prix announced major changes to the layout of Melbourne’s Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix since 1996, and whose 2021 edition will take place at the end of November in the revised calendar in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Modifications approved after consultation with various parties, and which should offer more spectacle in the race. “Many of us were involved in the consultations on the changes and I was happy about it, says Daniel Ricciardo on the F1 website.
We have been allowed to provide our thoughts and comments. Of course, not all drivers will be on the same page, but one thing we can agree on is that we want to improve the race on Sunday. I had that in mind when I gave my review.
Widening some ropes, creating more of a straight line in some places to allow an opportunity for more suction… that was the priority, and I’m sure it’s going to be good.
It’s a track where overtaking was complicated due to the width, and since it’s very fast with the current cars, it is even more difficult to follow each other in the series of turns at high speed. “
The main change to the circuit will be the removal of the chicane from Turns 9 and 10, with lap times to be lowered by about five seconds.