Daniel Ricciardo says he is ‘pretty sure' that changes to the configuration of the Albert Park track in Melbourne will be good for Formula 1 racing and is happy that organizers have asked drivers what they think of the possible changes.
Albert Park has hosted Formula 1 since 1996 and the track has yet to undergo any configuration changes or get new asphalt, but that will change from this year’s race which was moved to a late date from 19 to 21 November due to the pandemic as the 21st race of the season.
Extensive changes include a wider boxing track that will be two meters wider than before, which should increase the maximum speed in boxing from 60 to 80 km / h, and as for changes in track configuration, the slow chicane made up of turns 9 and 10 will be eliminated and turned into a period of full-throttle until the current turns number 11 and 12.
The changes include other corners on some bends and widening of the track at key locations, including a new, sharper turn number 11 (formerly 13th turn) to give drivers a better chance of overtaking, and the introduction of a fourth DRS zone is possible.
Ricciardo on the new track
Ricciardo is one of the drivers consulted by the Australian GP leadership about the changes to the track, and the Australian is confident that the changes will have a good effect on racing as Albert Park is one of the most difficult tracks to overtake.
“They consulted a lot of drivers about the changes and I’m happy about that,” Ricciardo said. "We have given our opinions and suggestions. Not all drivers agreed, but we all agreed that Sunday, race day, we want to make it better.
I had that in mind when I made my suggestions. " Ricciardo expects that it will be great to ride on the new track and that it will definitely be exciting "Extending some corners, creating new directions in places to allow more use of the lee, it was a priority and I'm pretty sure it will be good."
“Every street track is a challenge, but Albert Park is pretty fast which makes things even more difficult. There are a lot of bends passing in fourth and fifth gear and the trail is quite narrow in some places."
"It's hard to overtake because of the limited width and because the track is so fast in today's cars, and it's very difficult to follow someone in a series of fast corners. ” It’s certainly commendable that F1 drivers may be asked about some things, and indeed F1 is doing a great job