Five Things to Look Out for in Australia

March 9, 2020
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Five defining features of Formula 1's 2020 season-opener

    • Melbourne is often described as having four seasons in one day, so watch out for sudden changes in the climatic conditions that have the teams on the pit wall scrambling for data [and umbrellas!]

    • As is common with temporary circuits, the track surface can be quite bumpy and also rather slippery at the start of the weekend – the latter improving as the tarmac rubbers in

    • For the first time in the modern-day Pirelli era [2011 – present], the opening race of the season will be run with exactly the same tyres as the previous year, with the C2 as the Hard, C3 as the Medium and C4 as the Soft compound for the weekend

    • With just six days of pre-season testing spread across two weeks ahead of the opening round, the teams head to Melbourne with plenty still to understand about their 2020 packages, so expect plenty of track activity during the three Free Practice sessions

    • Albert Park traditionally has a high Safety Car probability – six appearances in the last 10 Australian Grands Prix – which will keep the strategists on their toes