THE MAIN EVENT
Finally, F1 2017 is here. After months of hard work, the opening grand prix of the new season is where the teams will finally find out just how competitive their new cars really are, for the stopwatch never lies. And this year, there’s the tantalising prospect of the technical regulations bringing about a wholesale shake-up in the competitive order.
Pirelli will bring three tyre compounds to each race, and, as last year, the soft and supersoft will be used here. But while last year’s third compound was the medium tyre, this year the ultrasoft will be used, adding a strategic twist.
Albert Park is a temporary circuit, which means drivers often struggle in practice before the track rubbers in, due to a lack of grip. And with the barriers so close to the edge of the track, there is a high propensity for Safety Cars.