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Albert Park – The Inside Line

Albert Park – The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

"It felt like a very short winter! February in particular has been intense, with 12 days of track testing condensed into four weeks. However, we’re all very much looking forward to getting to the first race and getting back to competing. The team is in good shape after the winter programme. So far the car looks to be a step forward in terms of speed and reliability compared to where we were this time last year, so we’re hoping for a good result in Melbourne. Externally there is sure to be a certain level of expectation after testing – but racing is a very different matter. It’s an unforgiving business. There is a huge amount of work to do and plenty to make sure you get right if you are to come away from a Grand Prix weekend with a strong result. We’re not taking anything for granted. All of the preparations concerning the specification of the car, fixes to problems encountered over the winter, dusting off the rulebook to re-familiarise ourselves with the procedures we have to follow – these must all be spot on to ensure a successful start to the racing year. The drivers are certainly in good shape. Both are very enthusiastic and eager to let battle commence. Then there’s Melbourne itself, which is an event the whole paddock enjoys. The atmosphere around the city is fantastic, with huge numbers of fans from Australia and all parts of the world. So we’re looking forward to an exciting and, hopefully, successful weekend. This is the point at which the race crew departs to go out there and do the best job possible on behalf of the vast majority of the team left behind at the factories. A phenomenal effort has gone into designing this car – beginning as long as 12 months ago. So we hope to reward the hard work of everyone involved at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart and showcase their innovation and craftsmanship in the most fitting way by delivering on track."

Timetable

Session AEDT (Local Time) UTC (-11 Hours)
Practice 1 12:30 - 14:00 01:30 - 03:00
Practice 2 16:30 - 18:00 05:30 - 07:00
Practice 3 14:00 - 15:00 03:00 - 04:00
Qualifying 17:00 - 18:00 06:00 - 07:00
Race 16:00 05:00

Race Characteristics (2005-2014)

Races Featuring Safety Car 6 (Last: 2014)
Total Safety Car Deployments 12
Historical Safety Car Probability 55%
Winners from Pole Position 6
Lowest Winning Grid Position P7 (RAI, 2013)
Climate Changeable

To find out more about the Albert Park circuit, click here.

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