With the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix from March to November, the Albert Park prefers changes and redevelopment of the track, which would normally only have taken place after this year’s race, but should be ready in time for the new appointment on the 22nd of November.
The additional time must also be used because the range between the events 2021 and 2022, if Australia is likely to mark the season air strike again, is not sufficient, to make all planned changes.
The organizers in Melbourne work closely with formula 1 to make the route fit for the next generation of cars. We have a good dialogue about where the specifications and the cars will be for 2022,”says Andrew Westacott of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to”Speedcafe”.
Curves should provide drivers with more possible lines in the future
“One of the things that take up quite a lot of time is, The aim is to “reward courageous driving” and “punish sloppy driving”, explains the Grand Prix official.
Part of the plans is to demand a new attitude of the 5, Three kilometers long. It will be the first time since the race premiere in the 1996 that the coating will be completely renewed. This means that adjustments to the line design are also compatible.
“The line has to be re-asphalted, so there are some areas where we can adjust the inclination and offer alternative lines in certain curves of the line. An example of this is curve 13, where there is only one line and you can’t actually overtake the outside because the curve falls off,”says Westacott.
Changes in the line design are set limits
“If you reverse this and expand the range slightly, so you have several options for the split point, Then suddenly, without much effort, you would have several possibilities to go more than one way to start certain curves.”
As focal points that are offered for a revision, he calls the curves 13, 3 and”maybe even curve 6 if you just change the dividing point a little bit”. This will also create more opportunities for overtaking. However, one always has to adapt to the local circumstances.
“The reality is that we have to take some physical obstacles into account when designing the route,” emphasises the AGPC Chairman. ” That is why we have to work with the geometry we have on the whole.”So it is more about”subtle developments and changes”of the existing structure.
compromise between FIA guidelines and driver feedback
In addition, work has already been done to widen the boxing lanes, which could result in an increase in the tempo. From now 60 km/h to 80 km/h”, Westacott explains,”which would result in a smaller loss of time in the box.”
Addressed to the hope of some drivers that the character of the route will remain intact despite the planned changes, the Managing Director stresses that this feedback will indeed be included. However, it is often at odds with the requirements of the FIA, the World Motor Association, which approves the routes.
“I therefore think that our first obligation is to build a line that complies with the FIA guidelines and specifications. But I hope that if we successfully implement the various changes and improvements, the rest will still be a very, very exciting route for the drivers.”