The Formula 1 circuit in Melbourne will undergo a thorough renovation soon. A total of seven curves will be changed, with two curves disappearing entirely from the Albert Park layout.
The goal is to create more overtaking opportunities and a higher speed. The lap time will probably be 5 seconds faster, and the average speed will increase about 15 kilometres per hour, Formula 1 reports on its website.
Circuit Albert Park is undergoing a renovation for the first time in 25 years, and it is due to be completed for the Australian Grand Prix, scheduled for 21 November this year.
Usually, Melbourne’s circuit is the setting for the season opener in March, but the corona pandemic has pushed the Grand Prix into autumn.
McLaren Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has been consulted about the changes and is pleased. “These changes are exactly what the drivers want. We want better races and more fights, and that will certainly happen on the renewed circuit.”