Elimination of flip 9 chicane to chop F1 lap occasions by 5 seconds at Albert Park · RaceFans


Revisions to the Albert Park circuit for November’s Australian Grand Prix are anticipated to chop lap occasions by round 5 seconds.

The race promoters have revealed additional particulars of the deliberate modifications, which they are saying will help overtaking on the 25-year-old circuit. The 5.3 kilometre observe has been unchanged because it changed Adelaide as the house of the Australian Grand Prix in 1996.

Probably the most important change comes on the flip 9 and 10 chicane, which will probably be eased to permit drivers to cross by way of at velocity. Different corners will probably be widened and reprofiled with the aim of selling higher racing.

The observe document for the present structure is a Lewis Hamilton’s 1’20.486, set throughout qualifying for the 2019 race. Lap occasions across the mid-1’15 vary are anticipated following the modifications, which is able to embrace an entire resurfacing of the course.

Characteristic: Monitor modifications deliberate to enhance racing in November’s Australian GP

“I believe these modifications are within the path of what we would like,” mentioned Daniel Ricciardo. “Higher races, extra battles – the modifications are going to push us in direction of that.”

He expects the alterations to the circuit will repay extra when Formulation 1 introduces its new technical rules aimed toward aiding overtaking subsequent 12 months.

“With these vehicles the modifications ought to assist quite a bit, however from 2022, if subsequent 12 months guarantees all the things it does with having the ability to observe the automobile in entrance and the racing to be enhanced, then coming to a circuit like Albert Park with these modifications ought to make a reasonably wonderful spectacle.

“I see all of those modifications as helpful for Sunday and we are able to have some enjoyable on the brakes. It’ll make the racing nearer, I’m fairly assured of that.”

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Present Albert Park structure and deliberate modifications

Albert Park, Melbourne, 2018
Albert Park circuit, Melbourne
Nook Change
1 Widened by 2.5 metres, new camber
3 Widened by 4 metres
6 Widened by 7.5 metres, growing cornering speeds from 149kph to 219kph
9-10 Chicane eliminated, creating longest flat-out part on circuit. Potential new DRS zone
13 Entry to nook straightened, nook reprofiled and widened by 3.5 metres
15 Widened by 3.5 metres, new camber

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