Well its been confirmed that Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Formula 1 circuit in Australia is undergoing its largest modifcations since joining the F1 calendar back in 1996. Not only are the organisers hoping tha tthe modifications will enable more overtaking opportunities but creating more opportunities for seating and allowing more ecological benefits with 4000m2 increase in parkland around Albert Park’s lake whilst improving infrastructure for cycling. All in all I see this as a win win in all aspects.
I have been a big fan of the Australina Grand Prix, I don’t know why, maybe because its always traditiionally been the first race of the calendar and I always look forward to the begining of the season. When I look into it further, I do like the track with long sweeping corners but now increasing more opportunities to overtake, this race in 18-21 November 2021 is going to be very interesting.
So what modifications can we expect from the new Track layout?
- Turn 1 – Widening by corner 2.5 Mtrs
- Turn 3 – Widening of corner by 4 Mtrs
- Turn 6 – Widening of corner by 7.5 Mtrs
- Turns 9 and 10 – Ultimately one of the biggest changes, removal of the existing chicane
- Turn 13 – Corner entry straightening and widening by 3.5 Mtrs
- Turn 15 – Widening of corner by 3.5 Mtrs
Whilst there are a lot of changes here, we are going to witness faster lap times but up to 5 seconds per lap quicker. This predominatley coming from the changes at turns 6 (increase of speed from 149 km/h to 219 km/h) and also the removal of the chicane at turns 9 and 10 potentially creating a new DRS zone.
Check out the vide belw to learn more about the changes.