With [Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit](https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.revealed-the-track-tweaks-set-to-make-melbournes-albert-park-circuit-5.6usfQo5O6o4KsVi3WTAqFA.html) set for its first major update since racing began at the parkland track back in 1996, McLaren racer Daniel...
fasinating to see what they done & Riccardo comments. Australia are really going 100% on this
A bunch of us drivers were consulted on the changes and I was happy about that, We were allowed to give our thoughts & input. Not all drivers will be aligned of course, but 1 thing we can agree on is we want to make Sundays, race day, better
I had that in mind when I had my input. Widening some of the apexes, creating more of a straight in some places to allow for an opportunity for more slipstreaming… that was the priority, and I’m very confident it’s going to be good.
Removing Turns 9 & 10 is a compromise, Turn 10 was always pretty challenging because you’d be exiting close to the wall. but the last couple of years, the cars are so good now that the traction out of 10 is pretty easy & the wall wasn’t really a threat anymore. The car didn’t run out there as aggressively as it used to.
I think they’re making turn 1 easier and their expectation of increasing overtakes in 13 will be unmet.
Yes, they are “going for it”, but their management of these public roads will not be difficult as you will know if you’ve ever been there.
It’s only a good circuit for small periods of the race...opening 5 laps, safety car restarts and pit-stop “windows”. It’ll never be a classic.