As a temporary street circuit, the Albert Park circuit at which the paddock will congregate over the next week usually produces topsy turvy races due to its low grip surface and propensity to produce safety cars, with walls perilously close to the racing surface.
Nothing changes it seems – a brief glance at several reliable weather services tell us that we’re in for changeable conditions all weekend. There’s a high chance of a wet Friday, spilling over into Saturday. Sunday looks to be clearing up with less chance of a rain interrupted race.
With new parts needing to be tested and no clear pecking order established, inclement weather will add even more unpredictability into the mix. What price a very, very mixed up grid?
Head on over to Bleacher Report to have a browse of the full article, in which the general consensus regarding the pre-season tests is laid out bare for all to see!
It seems as if it was only yesterday that Mark Webber dashed across the line to record his solitary victory of 2011 at the back of November. Yet after reviews, previews, Christmas, New Year and three preseason tests later, we are now just over a week from the start of what promises to be an utterly thrilling 2012 Formula One season.
The clever bet for 2012 would be Red Bull and their wunderkid, Sebastian Vettel, after a dominant 2011. Yet with the concept on which their dominance was built having been outlawed for this season, designers were forced to produce something else to topple the reigning champions.
Off-throttle diffuser blowing (pumping exhaust gas over the diffuser to produce extra downforce) has now been banned, which has resulted in slower testing times and more unpredictable handling. Combined with the higher degrading Pirelli tyres, which were introduced last year, this should theoretically produce more combative racing…
Good day to one and all!
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