The 2011 season will be a new scene with several rule changes. A movable rear wing, a new tire supplier and a short-term booster speed button are among the changes for the 2011 season. Sunday is the Australian GP.
Who is ahead: Ferrari or Red Bull? Or the surprise will come from Mercedes? But there is also McLaren in the battle . Only on Sunday we will have an answer. For now we can therefore only judge according to what we have seen in winter in the four sessions of testing at Jerez, Valencia and Barcelona (2 times).
And the verdict is quite clear: Ferrari and Red Bull have been the most effective, Mercedes showed good things; Renault is a candidate for the surprise role…
Inautonews quotations for the Australian GP (from 0 to 10)
4 – Virgin – Zero progress; The only car in the lot designed entirely by computer, without any wind tunnel
5 – McLaren – Great looking car but fragile; It is the disappointment of the pre-season.
6 – Toro Roso –
6.5 – Mercedes –the fastest on the last test – Michael Schumacher is the danger man for the Australian Grand Prix, says Fernando Alonso. And Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg proved it was no fluke by doing the same on the final day’s action.
6.5 – Sauber – C30 reliable – The Swiss team made a lot of km’s in testing season.
6.5 – Williams – Barrichello not worried about KERS
7 – Renault
9 – Red Bull – Vettel has adapted with the new Pireli tires. Red Bull have warned their rivals that they aim to defend both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in 2011 ahead of the season-opening Australian GP. Vettel also said that he wants to win the Australian GP because the trophy has a kangaroo on it. While he said it with a smile on his face, he insists that he’s motivated by simple things.
9 – Ferrari – Fast and reliable – Alonso, speaking ahead of this Sunday’s season-opening Grand Prix in Australia, said: “If you race for Ferrari there is no other goal than fighting for the world championship. “That is the history of Ferrari, the power of Ferrari. This team and its history is about passion, motor racing and about winning.
2011 FORMULA 1 QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX TIMETABLE:
Practice 1 Fri 12:30
Practice 2 Fri 16:30
Practice 3 Sat 14:00
Qualifying Sat 17:00
Race Sun 17:00
Melbourne Albert Park circuit in detail
– circuit length: 5.027 km (3.03 mi)
– total turns: 16
– lap record: 1:24.125 – Michael Schumacher Ferrari- 2004
– number of laps: 58
– total race distance: 307,5 km
Inautonews will keep you informed with the latest events from Melbourne.