The changes to the layout of the Albert Park Circuit have been finished ahead of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
This year’s race in Melbourne will take place at a modified Albert Park Circuit. The changes concern several turns. More than that, the track has been resurfaced.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott has spoken about what to anticipate from the new layout: “Five seconds a lap quicker, but [with] the new-spec cars, closer racing.
“You can actually tail the car in front and expect to be able to overtake and be in a competitive position,” he added.
“The main location is turn 11 at the south end of the lake near Ross Gregory Drive and Ross Gregory Oval. We expect that to be a major overtaking opportunity.
“The widening of five other turns, particularly the increase of speed at turn 6 where they’re going to go from about 90 km/h to 150 km/h, that really does set it up for speeds in excess of 330 km/h around Lakeside [Drive], pulling four and a half Gs.
“Making sure the racing is going to be as exciting as possible is the reason why Formula 1 has changed the specification of the cars for this season. And it’s the reason why we’ve resurfaced the track for the first time in 25 years.”