D he has the first race of the season in Bahrain the fans weren't exactly ripped off their chairs. For the Australian Grand Prix, getting up early should be worthwhile again. In recent years, the difficult Albert Park Circuit has always provided a lot of action. Now that the teams know how the new regulations will affect, some pilots have already announced an increased risk.
The Albert Park Circuit in the heart from Melbourne is an atypical racetrack. The pilots sometimes have to drive on public roads that offer little grip. Slippery road markings make things even more difficult. The route is not only challenging for the drivers. For the brakes, Australia is one of the toughest races on the entire calendar. Many right-angled curves force the pilots to repeatedly brake hard from high speeds. This could be interesting, especially with the high weight of petrol at the start.
Unfortunately, the 5.3 kilometer round trip through Albert Park doesn't offer many good overtaking opportunities. The best chance to pass is at the end of the home straight. The foundation stone for a maneuver is laid in the two tighter bends at the entrance to the long straight, at the end of which the cars crack the 300 km /h mark. If you can't overtake here, you have to hope that the man in front will make a mistake.
In Melbourne the time is made in the many slow corners. A lot of downforce is required here. The points of brake balance and braking stability are also important. If you have to fight a restless car before every bend, you lose confidence and time. The technicians also have to react to the many bumps in the asphalt. The cars are tuned softer, which in turn has disadvantages in terms of aerodynamics. It is important for the drivers to find a good rhythm as quickly as possible. The angular course is poison for pilots with a round driving style.
Since Melbourne is so unusual in terms of characteristics, no team was able to meet the conditions simulate the tests. It is therefore difficult to make predictions. Because of the high output level, theFavorite role at Red Bull . In the corners, the RB6 is clearly the best car. Sebastian Vettel was already very close to victory in Bahrain. Only a defective spark plug prevented the kick-off success. The Ferrari drivers will also make life difficult for the Germans Down Under.
The fight for the third force will also be exciting. McLaren still seems to have a small advantage before that Owning the Mercedes factory team. In Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button relied too heavily on a race set-up and screwed up qualifying. They will certainly not make the same mistake again. Mercedes, on the other hand, has to be careful not to be sniffed out by one of the midfield teams. Force India, Renault and Sauber are only waiting for mistakes by Schumacher and Rosberg.
In the second race of the season, no major technical updates are planned for many teams . Mercedes GP has its next aero -Package even announced for Barcelona and the cars flown directly from Bahrain to Australia. Even with the competition, only small changes can usually be observed. Only Renault has a completely new front wing in the Package. There should also be modifications to the rear wing.
Expert prognosis Sam Michael (Head of Technology Williams):
'Albert Park is a low-grip track. When it comes to tire grains you are usually at the limit here. So it is a basic requirement that the car is set up well over the weekend. We also have some improvements that we will test on Friday. It will be really interesting to see the teams do well on this track, which differs so much from the circuit in Bahrain. In terms of strategy, the first race gave a good indication of what pit stop tactics we can expect in Melbourne. '
That happened last year:
In 2009 Melbourne was the venue for the opening race. Accompanied by discussions about the double diffuser, the white racers from Brawn GP rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Jenson Button won the race confidently from pole position. The tires, which deteriorated significantly in the last third of the race, created tension. Sebastian Vettel only knew how to defend himself in the fight for second place by colliding against the onrushing Robert Kubica. The beneficiary was Rubens Barrichello's second brawn.
An alleged overtaking maneuver by the third placed caused discussions after the raceJarno Trulli to Lewis Hamilton during a safety car phase. In the end, it turns out that Hamilton deliberately let the Toyota by. Since the McLaren driver later told a different version, he was subsequently removed from the rating.