Australian GP technical round-up
AUTOSPORT technical expert Craig Scarborough explains the F1 teams' latest design tricks and analyses which seem to be paying off in Melbourne so far
No one has brought major developments to Melbourne, but still the endless grind of new parts starts from the very first race. Teams' shipping crates would have been packed with both well-tested parts and development items, with a few of the latter sneaked into personnel's hand luggage too.
Melbourne's sweeping layout is punctuated with short, fast corners, so it is a track that makes big demands on engine power, brakes and front end grip. Allied to the track evolution, this means that Albert Park isn't necessarily a good barometer for season long performance. It's merely the first test, in what has now been confirmed as a 19 race season.
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