In the first of our Engineer's Lowdown series, Stoffel's Race Engineer Tom Stallard talks us through the nuances of Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix.
Take a closer look at the track with our key facts ahead of race weekend:
|Braking||There are seven significant braking zones around the lap, which places an emphasis on brake cooling. An added complication for the teams is that the weight of the cars has increased this year to 734kg – up 12kg from 2017.|
|Power units||The cars use 1.7kg of fuel per lap, the third highest of the year, which will force the drivers to lift-and-coast for a period of the race, if there’s no Safety Car period.|
|Aero||Maximum downforce, except along the two DRS zones – on the approaches to Turns One and Three.|
|Gaming||For gamers, success relies on keeping the front tyres alive. The combination of a smooth track surface and a predominance of slow and medium-speed corners makes it hard to keep the tyres in their correct working window.|