Ricciardo expects ‘totally different’ Aus GP with new layout

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Ricciardo expects ‘totally different’ Aus GP with new layout

Daniel Ricciardo believes the adjustments made to the Albert Park circuit forward of Australia’s return will make for a “completely completely different” grand prix.

Final 12 months, the Albert Park circuit underwent its largest transformation since becoming a member of the F1 circus in 1996.

The observe was resurfaced whereas seven corners had been modified and two eliminated, decreasing the variety of turns to 14.

The most important change has been the removing of the outdated Flip 9/10 chicane, which has created a brand new quick, sweeping part.

The revisions, which Ricciardo suggested on, are anticipated to shave 5 seconds off lap instances with common hurries up by round 15kmh.

“Not taking credit score however I used to be just a little bit concerned within the talks about redeveloping the circuit a number of years in the past after they had the primary concept of what to do to try to make the racing a bit higher,” Ricciardo stated, quoted by Motorsportweek.com.

“It’s at all times been a enjoyable observe, however on Sundays it has been just a little bit difficult for overtaking simply by way of the format and the character of it.

“So actually the thought was to try to open up and simply make Sunday a bit extra thrilling (and permit) extra overtakes.

“I feel as a race now you will note a completely completely different Sunday right here in Melbourne.”

This 12 months’s grand prix marks the McLaren driver’s first race on dwelling soil since 2019.

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix was referred to as off on the eleventh hour, whereas the pandemic additionally meant F1 didn’t head down below in 2021.

Spherical three on this 12 months’s schedule, that is the primary time since 2010 Melbourne has raced not because the season-opener.

“Truthfully now we’ve missed it for a few years, I’m simply grateful it’s on the calendar,” Ricciardo stated.

“So proper now it doesn’t actually trouble me when it’s, so long as we’ve bought an Aussie Grand Prix then I’m comfortable.

 

“I’m actually not fussed whether or not it’s first, third or tenth, so long as it stays on and we get to come back again then I’ll take that.”

 

 

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