From 18 to 20 March, the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship opens at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne (Australia).
The Australian circuit is a city track that winds its way on the streets of Albert Park. It’s a fast track and quite demanding on the brakes. A good part of the 9 braking sections on the circuit have a medium-high level of difficulty on the braking systems and are characterized by variable stopping distance decelerations.
Because it is a non-permanent track, during the race weekend it is gradually rubberized (in 2015, from the first session on Friday to Q3, the lap times fell by 3 seconds), which causes an increase in both deceleration and brake stress in terms of temperature and wear.
According to Brembo technicians, Albert Park falls into the category of mid-level difficulty for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 10, it earned a 7, which is identical to other curvy race tracks like Monte Carlo, Budapest, Sepang, Spielberg and Baku.