Home to the Australian GP since 1996, the circuit uses roads running
through Albert Park. 5.303 km in length, the track evolves bit by bit,
as it rubbers in. It is particularly demanding on the brakes, with heavy
braking areas followed by continual accelerations. Fuel consumption
also has to be watched closely here. Narrow run off areas mean the
barriers are close to the track, inevitably leading to regular
appearances from Safety Car. Scuderia Ferrari has nine Australian wins
to its name, the first dating back to 1987, when Gerhard Berger led home
team-mate Michele Alboreto in Adelaide. Eddie Irvine won in 1999,
followed by four wins for Michael Schumacher. In 2007, Kimi Raikkonen
won his maiden outing for Ferrari, an achievement matched only by Juan
Manuel Fangio, Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell. In 2017 and 2018 the
winner was Sebastian Vettel for Scuderia Ferrari.
It’s a sort of quick right hand chicane and a dangerous bottleneck. There was an infamous accident in 2002, when Ralf Schumacher’s Williams launched itself over Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari, leading to a massive carambolage that knocked out over a third of the field.
The corner comes after a DRS straight, so it’s an ideal place to try a passing move. Under braking, you need to be as far to the left as possible, while being careful not to get a wheel on the grass, as that can lead to a spin.