The structure of the Australian Grand Prix has widened the pit path around the Albert Park perimeter. The half-street roundabout in a Melbourne city park always had a tight ditch path, which affected the speed limit in the ditches. Normally in the Grand Prix it is 80 kilometers per hour, but in Australia the border is always 60 kilometers per hour.
The pit wall has now moved slightly towards the path. Andrew Westcott of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation explains to Speedcoffee that the piece of grass between the tarmac and the pit wall on the right side of the opening is missing. “Cars have gotten a lot bigger since the lane was designed – 1994 or 1995, with the first race in Melbourne in 1996 – that’s why we decided to widen the ditch two meters.”
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation had planned to change the asphalt of the track after the race in March, but the event has been postponed to November. That means they have time to use the new asphalt layer before the upcoming Grand Prix, although no decision has yet been made. “Postponing our event gives us the opportunity to do the previous work, so a new asphalt layer will be laid to replace our next Grand Prix,” Westcott said.
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