The time is near! First race of the season, new cars, upgraded engines, some new faces, some old but in new teams.
Practice 1 Fri 12:00 – 13:30
Practice 2 Fri 16:00 – 17:30
Practice 3 Sat 14:00 – 15:00
Qualifying Sat 17:00 – 18:00
Race Sun 16:00 – 18:00
All times are local
Here is the updated forecast for the race weekend. Looks like I was right and no rain is forecast.
Melbourne is a very unique circuit, characterized by mostly heavy braking and L turns, with high speed turns 5, 11, 12, 14, and 16. I don't think any of the turns will be flat except for maybe turn 5. 11 & 12 will have a lift on entry to 11.
On Board lap
This year Pirelli is bringing the Ultra soft, Super soft, and Soft tire compounds for this round. With Pirelli choosing the sets of each respective compounds for the teams until the end of the flyaway races.
I'm guessing pole will be a 1:20